Simple Guide to Taking Care of Yourself and Others
Taking care of your mind and body every day is so important. Self-care is a journey and learning how to make time for yourself every day. Listening to your body’s cues and understanding your feelings will help you feel fulfilled and grounded while giving you the energy to take care of those around you too.
Here are a few of Bach’s top tips to help you take care of yourself and others every day:
The most important thing you can do to have the energy to take care of others is to make sure you are taking care of yourself. If you are feeling burnt out, it will be all the more difficult to be there for friends and family. Although work or life stress means we often feel the need to work late or have a hard time switching off in the evening, particularly when so many of us are now working from home, overworking ourselves isn’t helpful and is ultimately unproductive. It’s more important than ever to make sure you take time to rest, take a break, or take a day off here and there.
2. Healthy eating
Nutrition plays an important role in taking care of ourselves, and understanding how our body works and how food fuels us can have a great impact on how we feel every day, getting us from sunrise to sunset without feeling that dreaded afternoon slump. If you’re struggling to figure out what it is you need, maybe try a food diary app for a day or two to give you an idea of what you have been eating and what you might be lacking. If you find you are struggling to get certain minerals or vitamins from your diet, you could also try a food supplement. Meal prepping is also a great way to stay on top of your eating and could be a relaxing activity to do on a Sunday afternoon.
3. Physical activity
It may seem obvious but staying active is one of the most important things you can do to feel more energised, motivated and take care of yourself both physically and mentally. It gets the heart rate up, increases oxygen in the blood and releases endorphins, which all help increase energy. Exercise also boosts the production of serotonin, known as the happy hormone. But sometimes the obligation to exercise can be the cause of stress and dread. That’s why it’s so important to find something that you truly enjoy, so that it doesn’t feel like another task you have to do. If you can’t think of something you like, set yourself a challenge to try something new every week for four weeks. For example, in week one: yoga, week two: walking, week three: jogging, week four: pilates. You could also implement physical activity through family time at the weekend – maybe head to a park with the kids. The most important thing is to find something you enjoy that isn’t going to overwhelm you but that will help you take care of yourself.
4. Quality time with friends and family
If your days are busy, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by various commitments, meaning that we don’t end up enjoying our time spent with friends and family as much as we should. But having a support network during times of need is crucial for your wellbeing and that of others. Technology has enabled us to feel like we’re always in touch with each other. Spending regular time with your loved ones is important for many reasons – it’s enjoyable, refreshing and can help maintain happiness. If you don’t have time to spend with friends you could also create a scrapbook to help you feel connected to those you love. Going through old photographs and memory tokens can be a lot of fun. Favourite stories get re-told and new ones crop up. It’s a wonderful way to remember and get to know each other better.
5. Good sleep hygiene
All too often when we settle down for the evening, we struggle to switch off our thoughts from the day, constantly going over things that didn’t get done, and making mental notes of what needs to be achieved tomorrow.
Lots of us also tend to check our social media accounts on our phones or tablets throughout the evening, and the blue light emitted from these devices can cause our minds to stay on full alert.
Many different things can affect our sleep patterns, but there are little things you can do in order to get the recommended 7 hours of shut-eye a night. A good starting point is establishing a restful evening routine that allows you to unwind so you can fully switch off. Here’s a quick evening routine checklist to help you sleep better:
- Shut down electronics an hour before bed
- Practice meditation
- Spend 5 minutes journaling
- Write down one thing you are grateful for
- Stay hydrated
- Create a relaxing bedroom environment
- Read a book
- Do your skincare routine
- Listen to calming music
6. Try something new
Although the feeling of being burnt out often happens when we are trying to do too much, it is often because we’re doing too much of the same thing and end up feeling stuck. Try keeping your days exciting and diverse implementing something new in your daily routine every week. Whether that’s going for a walk down a different street, trying yoga for the first time, or buying a different type of vegetable at the shops, push yourself to think of one new thing, however big or small, that you can do every day. Keep yourself accountable, journal, track your moods and write down each new thing you try.