There are many advantage to the technology and pace that comes with modern day life. We have access to so many things that were previously unavailable to us. However, it is important to take care of ourselves so we are able to handle everything and stay healthy at the same time. There are so many demands on us all day, every day. Demands from jobs and demands from family can be fulfilling, but also can have such an energy draining affect on both our bodies and our minds, that it is so important to take the time to recharge so we can be at our very best. What can we do?
Learn to say no
Most of us get asked to do things all the time. It is always difficult to say no to those requests because guilt can set in. It is important to curtail the habit of always saying yes to everything. One thing that can happen when we say yes to things we are not interested in is that resentment can set in. This can cause emotional turmoil within us that is unnecessary. Decide what you are willing to say yes to and stay firm on that decision. That will go along way in taking care of yourself.
Prioritize your to-do list
Everyone has a list of so many things they want to get done. It is important to take a look at your list and make decisions about what you really need to do. There are so many things that we put our energy into that are not that important. It is very possible to decide what tasks are necessary and what tasks can be saved for later, when you have taken some time for yourself to rest and regroup.
Eat regular meals
We are always being told to eat a healthy diet. Not only is the food we eat important, but the timing of it can also be equally important. If we skip meals, then we can tend to become tired and irritated. That might make it difficult to concentrate and at the same time, possibly do bad things to our metabolism. When you do eat, take the time to do just that activity and do not pair it with other things you need to get done. That way, your body is more able to digest and metabolize the food more effectively.
It sounds so simple, but take the time just to stop and notice what is around you. Take the time to get fully immersed in the present time. Practice mindfulness by consciously experiencing your surroundings. Take in the sounds, smells and sensations of the world around you, even for just a few minutes. Taking this time can help your body relax. In the video below, the benefits of mindfulness are explained:
Start your day off right
We are all in such a rush in the mornings that it makes it difficult to fully take care of ourselves. It does not have to take long. Starting the day in a more relaxed way can have a positive affect on your whole day. Possibly taking just 10 minutes to practice some deep breathing, yoga or meditation can be a good thing. Journaling is also a way to ground us. Consciously thinking about how grateful we are for the good things in our life can start us on the right track as well. There are so many more things we can do in the morning that can set us in the right frame of mind and help with our stress level.
Put your phone away
Phones have become such a necessarily thing in our lives. We need them for work and as a result, our work tends to follow us no matter where we go. We are also tied to our phones due to the social networking we can do through them. when we spend so much time tied to technology, it can be stressful. Putting the phone away for a while can be so beneficial to our stress level and our mental health.
Do not compare yourself to others
Be careful not to compare yourself to others. With social media, it is so easy to try and get caught up in the latest fads. Do not fall for that. Do what makes you happy and do not be influenced by what others are trying to influence you to do. You know what is best for you, so be confident in your knowledge about yourself and your needs.
Make self-care part of your routine
Taking care of yourself is so important. You are important, so treat yourself as such. Make daily self-care just part of your routine. You will be happier and your body and mind will thank you for it. Your family and friends will probably also notice a positive outcome if you take care of yourself.