As it happens in life, you tend to first care for others before you take care of yourself. Perhaps it is easier, because you know what is needed and you just get it done. Mothers care for their children, and probably the pet and husband too! Not to mention, most are working professionals who have to juggle a busy work and home schedule. Consider going straight from the boardroom to the kids’ soccer or baseball game practices. Then, work at home starts with making dinner, helping with homework, and so on. It is never ending.
When you finally take the time for self-care, are you truly taking the best care? It can be surprising how well you think you know how to look after yourself, until you realize you have been overlooking something basic. That being said, let’s see whether you are really looking after yourself as best as you can.
Mental Health Self-Care
Again, so many health-conscious people completely forget about how important it is to look after your mental health. In many respects, this is just as important as any other aspect of health. It’s something that you should think about if you are truly keen on approaching your self-care from all possible angles. Your mental health is as important as your physical health. If you are looking after one, and not the other, then you are not really taking care of yourself. The trouble is that a lot of people are not clear on what you need to do to look after your mental health. Think of mental health self-care as a way to take time to destress and detox from the negative energies from the day. Sometimes, you may need to take that mental health day from work. Or ditch the dishes and laundry for the day. There will be days when you need to just take care of yourself first and foremost.
Self-Care at Work
We’ve all heard of self-care ideas like taking a bubble bath, going for a nature walk or watching a funny movie. Those are great things to do at home, but how do we take care of ourselves at work? It’s generally frowned upon to nap at work or color an adult coloring book at your desk. (Depending on your line of work, we suppose). At work, make sure to take breaks to move your body. In fact, there are ways to actually do yoga at work. Also, consider decluttering your workspace. Oftentimes, a disorganized or clutter space can cause stress. Take time to identify the stressors and remove them for a more zen space at work.
Be More Present at Home
We get it. You work hard and sometimes it’s hard not to take work home. However, it is truly important to take mindful self-care steps towards leaving work at work. It is important that you take the time to properly and fully relax at home. The first thing to do when you get home is unplug. Put away the laptop. And the phone. Without the distraction of emails and phone calls, you will be able to spend quality time with your loved ones. Perhaps prepare a meal together. Definitely take that time to eat together and talk about each other’s day. Let the stress of the day simply melt away. Lastly, make sure that you get the proper amount of sleep. Proper rest will do wonders for your mental and physical wellness.
Prepare for Emergencies
Lastly, don’t forget to prepare for some of the more common emergencies in life. No matter how well you take care of yourself, you can still be prone to any number of medical emergencies. Are you sufficiently prepared? It can be as simple as buying some basic medical supplies online to make a well-stocked first aid kit for the home. Also, it is a great idea to take a first aid course to really make sure you are protecting your future self. And of course, your loved ones.
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