We all know what we’re supposed to do when it comes to taking care of yourself. But, do you always do everything? Maybe not. We sometimes like to take care of others or are too busy to squeeze in what’s best for us because we’re working, studying or feeling lazy. September is Self-Care Awareness Month! #SelfCareAwarenessMonth
Sleep is so important. You need about 7 to 9 of sleep to function the next day. It helps you focus more, and you’ll be more productive and energized. Didn’t get enough sleep? Take a short 10 to 20 minute power nap.
Move your body often. Take a short walk around your living quarters or in a park. Need accountability? Walk with a friend. You can also ride your bike, or enjoy strolling in your home. Moving around is good for your heart, spine and well being.
If you have more time, then exercise. Go for a run, or take a group class like Zumba, yoga, HIIT, kickboxing or step. You may also hit the gym for weight training, play basketball or do any sports with friends.
Treat yourself to that item you’ve been eyeing or have a nice dinner out. We tend to buy gifts for everyone else, so why not buy something to reward you for your hard work in college or your job? Just don’t overdo it and spend more than you should. Go ahead, you deserve it!
Balance your life by making time for your hobbies. I love to craft and try new projects, because it helps me de-stress and unwind. Make an effort to enjoy your hobbies for 15 minutes to an hour, a few times a week. It will give you a sense of accomplishment and joy when you do so.
Spend time with friends and family. It’s wonderful for your emotional and mental health to surround yourself with those you enjoy being with. Pencil them in to chat on the phone, grab breakfast, or go shopping with them.
Don’t forget to keep up with your doctor appointments. It’s a given, but also very easy to let it slip from our memory. Using your calendar app on your cell phone or marking it on your wall calendar or planner will help you stay organized and on top of it.