Practicing self-care is more important than ever. Let’s face it, last year was tough. This year will be better…but it’s up to us to make it that way and that starts with self-care. It’s not time to overlook this important practice. With the new year well underway, it’s a perfect time to reinvent yourself and focus on becoming a healthier you. Here are a few tips:
GET ENOUGH SLEEP
It sounds simple, but being consistent with a sleep schedule is one of the best ways to boost your mental and physical health. Now, I’m not going to tell you that you need 8-9 hours of good sleep a day…I’m not a doctor…I’m a Scentsy consultant. What I do know is, we are all at different places in our lives. You do you.
I don’t do well on 8 full hours of sleep. I drag all day and just can’t get motivated. However, over the last year, I have been getting up at 3 am (yes you read that right) and meditating and reading God’s Word to start my day. I am in such a habit now, that even on the weekends I wake up at 3 am. I am energized and jump out of bed ready to go. But that’s me. Find what works for you and go for it.
UNPLUG UNPLUG UNPUG
Electronic devices…they are here to stay and they are a part of who we are. They keep us more connected than ever before and this can be a blessing and a curse. Know when to say no. Take a step back from social media and reset yourself before bed. A nice warm bubble bath is a great way to start to relax.
START THE DAY RIGHT
Whether we are for it or against it, everything is moving online. From working at home to doing school at home, the world doesn’t look quite the same anymore. However, studies show that there are psychological benefits to dressing up even when you’re home alone. Get dressed in your work attire. it can help you stay grounded with a clear weekday routine and put you in a productive mindset.
DON’T FORGET EXERCISE
Fitness has many benefits that help us. The benefits go beyond just getting in shape or losing a few (or a lot in my case) pounds. A PubMed study notes, even mild exercise like walking outside will reduce feelings of depression and stress. To top it off, when we get regular exercise, it will also help to get a better night’s sleep. Looking for some motivation to get going or to keep going, consider getting a coach. Having an accountability partner makes working out so much easier and a lot more fun. Check out this article on staying fit for more fun ideas.
So these are just a few things that I hope will help you have a great 2021❤.