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The following information is going to give you a good idea about the many different activities available to help with your self-care needs.
Keep reading to learn about practicing self-care through relaxation, productivity, physical, and other important types of activities.
The final category of the self-care activities is with your productive activities. Believe it or not, there are some activities that are more about getting things done, but can help tremendously with how you feel. When you have less stress and things more prepared, it really helps to feel better and like you have things under control.
Take a look at these productive activities to get involved in:
Keep a Goals Journal
Keeping a journal devoted to your short and long-term goals can help you organize and be better prepared to meet those goals.
Set realistic daily or weekly goals such as making time to go to the movies or do another activity that you enjoy. You don’t need to have any crazy goals right off the bat and you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment when you achieve the small goals that you set for yourself in your journal.
Scheduling an activity for yourself can help ensure that you actually do it, rather than relying on a spontaneous or spur of the moment decision.
Your long-term goals also do not have to be anything particularly difficult, even making a year long commitment to self-care is a great long term goal to have. Keeping a journal of your goals will help you keep track of how many you’ve reached, and at the end of the year you can re-evaluate to see where you still need improvement and what you should be working towards.
Put the Phone Down
Devoting an hour a day or more to “no phone time,” can help you be more productive in your daily self-care activities. It is so easy to get distracted by our phones since they are constantly by our sides.
Some people even start to feel anxious if their phone isn’t within reach. Unplugging for a while can be incredibly relaxing, and leaves you more time to do activities that you actually enjoy, rather than just
mindlessly scrolling through your social media feeds.
There are some apps that you can download that will kick you off social media after a pre-determined period of time, which is a great place to start. Start out slowly with 15 or 20 minutes a day of “no phone time,” and gradually increase until you get to a full hour, or more if desired.
Eventually you can aim to have a cut off time at the end of the day for your phone or tablet use. Put your phone in the kitchen or a room other than your bedroom after a certain time at night so that you are not tempted to pick it up.
You’ll find that you have much more time to devote to other self-care activities when you are not on your phone every five minutes! Use that extra time to relax with a bath, read a book or spend more time with your family.
Get More Sleep
Getting a solid night of sleep is one of the most important self-care activities that you can do for yourself. Getting enough sleep will leave you feeling refreshed and recharged, ready to take on the challenges of the next day.
You’ll have more energy and will mentally feel much better when you get 8-9 hours of sleep per night. If you work out, sleep is an important part of the process as your body needs this time to rest and repair.
While it can seem like the world will end if you don’t cram as much into one day as possible, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you are skipping out on sleep. You will be much more productive after you’ve had an adequate amount of sleep and will be better prepared for your day.
If you have difficulty sleeping you should consult with your doctor. Going to the doctor for regular visits, whether it is your primary care doctor, dentist or therapist, is another self-care practice that is vital to your total health.
Going for check ups can be a source of anxiety for some people, so if that is the case be sure to speak with a therapist about techniques that you can use to alleviate your anxiety. Self-care is all about taking care of yourself and often times that begins with a visit to the doctor.
It never seems as if there are enough hours in the day, but it is so important to make a conscious decision to practice self-care. Taking care of your mind, body and emotional needs will help you be able to live your best life.
You are your best advocate; if you are not taking care of yourself it is easy to get burned out by all of life’s demands. Taking even just 15 minutes a day for yourself to regroup and relax can have a profound impact on your well-being. Self-care begins and ends with you!