5 Self-care Shots you need today

 In Unimenta Blog

Self-care has been a bit of a buzzword throughout 2018 and this week it’s firmly on the agenda in the UK.  What does it mean though? Cynics might say it is about wrapping yourself up in warm blankets and hiding away from the world or avoiding anything you don’t like in the interests of “self-care”.

But the NHS (National Health Service) are right to put it on the agenda. Self-care can be a huge part of what’s missing for someone who’s busy, stressed or getting burned out and doctors often see the extreme side of that. What’s important is not to wait until you are burned out or just ill as a result of pressure  so that you have no other option than to give yourself a rest.

I think there’s a better way and incorporating self care every day helps to serve as an armour to protect the energy that we need in order to survive and thrive. Self care goes a long way in managing stress and living your best life. It can be done in small ways and in big ways. Here are 5 self-care shots you can put into practice today and definitely this week!

  1. Self care means finding a way to decompress throughout your day, not just when you leave work. What is it you do to rest your mind during and after a work day? What helps you tune out the noise? Most people will say they don’t have the luxury of taking breaks during their work day but if you integrate mini breaks throughout the day, this helps refresh your mind and body. For example, try stretching or taking a brief walk even if it’s only a few feet away, getting yourself a drink of water, talking to a friend, getting in touch with a loved one even if it’s just a text, or purposely looking at photos that have special meaning. The brain needs those pauses.  
  2. Self care means giving some thought to changing a difficult work situation. We know best what we need and what we can deal with. Is there anything that can be done to make your work somewhat less stressful? Think about whether changes can be made to your work environment. Are you okay with where you sit and do your work? Are you working unsustainable hours and is their some end in sight? Can you take more breaks, an earlier lunch or later start time?
  3. Self care means identifying what you enjoy doing and what’s fun for you and make a serious effort to integrate it into your day or, at the very least, your week. Make it a habit to plan something to look forward to everyday and that doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be as simple as planning to read a good book at night or planning to have dinner with someone whose company you enjoy.
  4. Self care means feeding your spiritual self. That might take the form of meditating, praying, communing with nature by a walk in a park, observing a sunset or sunrise, attending a religious service, practicing gratitude, reading or listening to something inspirational.
  5. Self care means getting the sleep you need and knowing how to rest. Are you getting enough sleep for you? Do you know how much sleep you require everyday and are you sleeping at least that much? Making a serious effort to make that happen as well as knowing how to rest your body and your mind are essential.
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