Self-care may have been a buzzword for some time now, but it has certainly proven that it’s more than just a passing trend. It’s amazing benefits to overall wellness are widely recognized, especially as it pertains to mental health. It’s been known to alleviate stress and anxiety, as well as fend off depression. But more than that, the practice of self-care also encourages self-awareness and self-improvement, which truly elevates quality of life.
Now, there are, in fact, a good number of self-care practices that can take care of just about every aspect of your life. Many — such as regular exercise, meditation, spending time outdoors, and so much more — are more well-known than others. These, however, do not automatically mean that they’re better than those that are less widely practiced. In fact, there are other, lesser-known self-care practices that work just as well — or in some cases, maybe even better. LKNConnect wants you to thrive, so, without further delay, let’s dive deep into some of them.
Of course, the virtues of maintaining a healthy diet are well-known apropos to physical health. What most people don’t know, however, is that good nutrition equals good self-care. As a matter of fact, there are certain foods that are scientifically proven to ease depression and other mental concerns — on top of providing the right nutrients to your body, at that. Best of all, this includes fruits and vegetables that are often easily accessible, such as bananas, carrots, beans, beets, avocados, etc., so you’re already self-caring when you make these your meal staples. Water consumption is also a vital part of your nutritional needs, so don’t overlook hydration.
Your eating habits matter, as well. For this reason, the practice of mindful eating is definitely a wonderful addition to your self-care arsenal. So, make sure that as you choose the food that you eat, you must also listen to your body. This way, you are truly nourished in both mind and body.
Maintain a Supportive Routine
Now, you should know that how you live your life on a day-to-day basis is actually made up of little routines that affect your sense of well-being, whether or not you realize it. With this in mind, it’s also important to take stock of these routines, so that they support your self-care practice and, in turn, your overall wellness.
A prime example of this is sleep
It’s a sad fact that, per the CDC, one in three adults are not getting enough sleep. Sleep deprivation, in turn, leads to a number of problems, ranging from physical to cognitive. At the very least, not getting enough sleep will make you irritable and frustrated, which is no good for your mental health at all.
It can be argued that self-care starts with sleep. Consequently, this circles back to your daily routine as there are many activities that can be potentially disruptive. As such, adjusting your routine to make it more sleep-friendly should be a big part of self-care.
Decluttering and cleaning
A cluttered and messy home could be making you tense, anxious, and overly argumentative. Instead of living in a space with negative energy, make decluttering and cleaning part of your routine. Opening the blinds and windows (weather permitting) can help promote positivity as well.
Check Your Financial Health
Lastly, as CNBC explains, money is the number one cause of stress for most people. It’s safe to surmise that taking care of your finances may very well be the ultimate self-care step. Thankfully, there’s really no dearth of ways you can practice financial self-care — and you can easily do them, too, as long as you keep to the tenet of spending less and saving more.
One big step you can consider taking toward the goal of financial peace of mind is by refinancing your home. Essentially, refinancing can potentially decrease your monthly mortgage payments by decreasing your home’s equity. This will then help you free up some cash that is better put toward your savings or investments and, at the same time, really reduce your financial stress.
Use the practices that work best for you
Indeed, when it comes to self-care, there’s no be-all and end-all method — just healthy, smart, and supportive practices that boost your physical health and reduce anxiety and mental strain. So, try out these amazing self-care practices and stick to the ones that work best for you.
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