Our top self-care tips

We’ve all heard of self-care, but do you practice it in your everyday life?

And we don’t just mean slapping on a facemask, putting on a good film and eating chocolate – we mean REALLY taking care of yourself. This isn’t just an excuse to have a lie-in and a bubble bath occasionally – it’s an essential element of daily life that most of us are neglecting.

At this time of year especially, we need to look after ourselves from the inside out to help keep our minds and bodies healthy and able to tackle the challenges that life throws at us.

 

Have you ever wondered why they tell us on airplanes in case of emergency put on your own oxygen mask before helping others? Because in order to take care of other people you first have to take care of yourself. We’re no good to anyone when we’re running on empty. If we don’t take stock and prioritise our own health and wellbeing then we notice things starting to slip – we become more susceptible to illnesses, our relationships are strained and our work starts to suffer. The old saying is true – you can’t pour from an empty cup.

 

Our top four self care tips:

1) Eat healthy, seasonal food. At this time of year try to include warming root vegetables in comforting, nutritious meals like stews and casseroles.

2) Get enough sleep. Sleep is essential to allow our bodies to heal and regenerate. Aim for 8 hours a night. Click here for our top ten tips to get your best ever night’s sleep.

3) Take time out to meditate. Even 10 minutes is better than nothing and will make a big difference. Try a meditation app like Headspace to guide you through the process.

4) Move your body. Don’t overdo the gym sessions – over-exercising can cause an increase in the stress hormone, cortisol. But try to do some gentile exercise every day. Get out and about, go for walks, practice yoga – just keep your body moving and stretching and doing what it does best.

 

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