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Self-care is the practice of tending to your body’s needs. Those needs are always there, no matter how busy life might be. Self-care protects against mental and physical health problems. It also prevents those problems from worsening. So really, self-care is a way of owning your health. It’s a way to create a happier, healthier and more balanced life.
Here at Health Assured, we are looking at ways you can tend to the body’s needs, nurture good mental health and find peace of mind. The tips below are separated into physical, emotional and mental self-care. So have a think, what is it your body needs right now?
Physical activity provides a range of benefits for maintaining a healthy body and mind. These benefits include preventing disease, helping maintain a healthy weight, and improving bodily functions. Whatever you can manage, a walk to the shop, a gentle yoga class, or a weights session at the gym. Staying fit can be an effective way to relieve stress.
A balanced diet is packed with vitamins and nutrients that are essential for the body to function. Eating a variety of nutritious foods can help the health of your organs, cells and hormones. Additionally, the act of cooking can be therapeutic – the constant focus can help divert attention away from your worries.
Spend time in nature
The great outdoors can boost mental health in many positive ways. It raises vitamin D levels, reduces anxiety and provides social interactions. Even a quick ten minutes can improve your day in a whole new way. Take the opportunity to go outside and reap the benefits of nature.
A break from the screen
Phones – we can connect to others, order food and pay for things on the go. But they can be addictive. And being exposed to masses of information 24/7 can be overwhelming. Having a break from this world, even for a few hours, can improve clarity, focus and sleep. This might be one of the harder ones to put to the test. But the benefits can be boundless.
Talk to a friend
When negative emotions arise, they can feel daunting and hard to handle. Talking to a friend you trust can be a great way to relieve tension, laugh it off and break a cycle of negative emotion. A trip to the park, a bike ride or a lunch date could be the cure. Remember, you are not alone; others likely feel the same too.
Take note of your feelings
Emotions can feel heavy and confusing, particularly if you suffer from a mental health problem. One thing that can help to shift the energy from inside your body is writing it down. You don’t have to be a writer. It could be a bullet point list or even a page of pictures. But the physical act of putting pen to paper can foster feelings of freedom from your emotions.
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