Take Care of You

You hear it all the time: take care of yourself by being into the latest trends and “quick fixes” that most likely do anything except promote long term health. The truth to the matter is, there are no quick fixes. If you want to take better care of yourself, you need to learn techniques and implement small changes to your daily routines. 

The basics of good physical health are pretty straightforward. Make sure you try to make good food choices; “choice” being the operative word since you shouldn’t deprive yourself of occasional indulgences. Go to the doctor once a year to have an annual physical which includes blood work to make sure your internal health is up to par. 

If you are feeling unwell or have any health concerns, you should also go to the doctor to make sure you don’t have signs of something more sinister going on without your knowledge. If you engage in unprotected sex with a new partner, make sure you have your doctor screen for sexually transmitted diseases, which would most likely include a syphilis test

Beyond Basics

With never-ending demands on your time and an endless to-do list, it is easy to forget to take care of yourself. More often than not, we put ourselves and our health on hold to take care of everyone and everything else. Now is the time to start investing in yourself

Getting involved in self-care can be as easy as taking steps to improve the things you know you lack. If you think about it, you can surely identify some of the biggest sacrifices to your health, such as not getting enough sleep or not eating properly. For others, they may seek advice and input from professionals who can work with you to identify your weaknesses and offer a plan to make improvements. 

Routine

In order to not forget what you need to do on a daily basis, incorporate some changes into a routine. Make sure you budget time for exercise and stick to it! Have a bedtime routine. Schedule 30 minutes every night to allow yourself to unwind by meditating or fitting in a yoga routine. 

Stress and anxiety are the leading causes of restless sleep or having difficulty falling asleep. By relaxing before bed through the aforementioned means, you will help to alleviate some of that stress from the day that may keep you from blissful slumber. 

Don’t Forget Yourself

Having “me time” may seem like a frivolous indulgence. If that is how you see doing things for yourself, it is time to start putting yourself and your needs first. Find things you enjoy doing and make sure you do them. It can be anything from curling up with a book or catching up on the phone with a friend. The benefits of social interactions, even if only on the phone, are infinitely important to your mental health. Human beings are social creatures, don’t try to deny yourself the time to laugh and share your trials and triumph with those you care about. 

Have no shame in saying no. Realize your own commitments and responsibilities. Do not sacrifice your time and involvement by taking care of things for others before you take care of yourself. Although it may sound callous initially, it is important to realize you have limits, and establishing boundaries is a healthy step in self-care. 

Self-care is often overlooked, but the advantages to your physical and mental health are astronomical. Take time for yourself right now, and start planning how you are going to spend some time just taking care of yourself. 

 

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