Life Hack: You Do You, Everyday!
By: Shilpa Bhim
Let’s face it, when life gets busy or just overwhelming in general, we often forget to take care of number one - ourselves. I’ve definitely been guilty of this in the past, and it’s led to an inevitable crash. You know, the kind where you struggle to do anything because you really can’t pour from an empty cup.
So, to help you take care of yourself, I’ve rounded up 8 easy ways that you can look out for yourself and look after your health and wellbeing on a daily basis. Trust me, these tips make a huge difference, especially when you have a lot going on!
Get plenty of sleep - our bodies (and minds) repair and restore themselves while we sleep, which helps us to function and feel well the next day. So, be sure to get in your 8 - 9 hours.
Take time out for yourself - taking some time just for you is a great way to relax and unwind. Whether you take 5 minutes or 5 hours for yourself, it makes a huge difference. So go on, read a book, binge on a Netflix series, take a bath, do a face mask, meditate, or simply sit back, relax and do nothing for a bit.
Eat well - having lots of nutritious fruits and veggies, and drinking lots of water, is a way to help your mind and body feel good from the inside out. How? Eating well supports your health and wellbeing by filling your body with the nutrients it needs to function well.
Talk it out - it’s ok to not feel ok, and it’s definitely ok to talk about it! Sharing your thoughts and feelings with someone you trust will help you to relax and feel supported, and will hopefully help you feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders. Not in the mood for talking just yet? You could write your thoughts and feelings down to get them out of your head.
Hang out with others - while you may not feel like it if you’re busy or feeling a bit overwhelmed, spending time with friends and family, or meeting new people, can help boost your energy levels and increase your sense of belonging. If I don’t have time to physically hang out with friends and family, I take a few minutes to chat with them. This always makes me feel better and less overwhelmed if I have lots going on! So take the time to do a fun activity, or just chill out - whatever floats your boat.
Focus on your strengths - doing things that you love and are good at can help give you a sense of accomplishment and boost your confidence, which helps you to feel a bit more positive overall.
Stay active - exercise is not only good for your physical health but for your mental health also (endorphins, ya know). Even a light stroll outside can help get the blood flowing and clear your mind.
Put your phone down! - if you’re anything like me, your phone is an extension of your arm, right?! While having easy access to things like social media is a great way to connect with people and be across what’s happening all over the world, it can also distract us from living in the moment, and appreciating our lives. Raise your hand if you’ve ever started scrolling through Instagram and suddenly 2 hours have gone by?! Don’t get distracted as I do - put your phone down for an hour or two and do one of the other things on this list instead. You’ll feel much better for it (and probably be more productive).
I encourage you to give yourself some quality time and implement one or a couple of these tips into your daily routine. It could help boost your mental health and wellbeing, and of course, help you to put yourself first.
Shilpa is a freelance health, beauty and travel writer from Melbourne, Australia. When she’s not writing, she’s out and about exploring places around Australia and the world. You can keep up with her adventures and check out her latest articles here: @skb.ontherun