Self-care is one of those things that sounds as though it’s second nature, yet so often the reality is pretty different. When you’re busy juggling work, a social life, relationships or perhaps family life, how many of us can honestly say that they’ve never forgotten to take a step back and focus entirely on our self-care and health. How many more of us can say that they haven’t put off that doctors appointment because it felt non-urgent, worked longer hours than we should have, or skipped out on exercise because we couldn’t make the time? Self-care isn’t always easy nor always that complementary with modern life, that means you have to work at it.
When it comes to our minds, we don’t want to forget about self-care, if you’re working long hours it can be easy to end up not pursuing the hobbies that you love. Whatever your leisure activities may be, from the time at the gym, to writing, cooking, playing a musical instrument, or merely catching up with friends, ensure that you put rules in place so that you don’t risk missing out on the self-care practices that make you feel happy.
The key is to be realistic and set a routine, even if you can only muster the energy and find the time for a half an hour gym session before heading home for the day. The effects of exercise have long been praised for having the ability to lift our moods and get those endorphins pumping to make us feel great. It might be a dance class, a bike ride, or yoga, just ensure that you take the time to get active because exercise is one of the most worthwhile self-care practices for your body and mind both.
Keeping active is the key to our physical health, yet it doesn’t end there. Depending on your age, you’ll need to stay on top of any health care check-ups that you may need to book in with your doctor or another healthcare specialist. Whether it’s cervical screening, or an eye test, health checks are an essential self-care practice that we should all take advantage of to detect anything that could turn into more of an issue if left untreated.
If you have an underlying health condition, it’s worth keeping up with any news of advancements in technology or science surrounding this area. It’s particularly useful to do this if you are not happy with your current medication or solutions. Cochlear Implants, for example, are used in the same way as hearing aids, yet they do not amplify sounds, they actually replace and mimic the hearing through electronic stimulation. Certain patients who use hearing aids may benefit better from these devices according to some studies.
When it comes to both your mental and physical health, often, it’s the little things that count. Esure that you are getting enough sleep, staying hydrated and taking breaks to walk in nature away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
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