So you want to properly look after yourself but don’t know where to start? Here are six steps for your physical, mental, and social health.
I think it’s possible to say that at various points in our lives we can all be a little guilty of not looking after ourselves properly.
We always talk about how to stay fit, but there is more to looking after ourselves that just that.
In general terms, we pretty much all know the main bullet points of what to do to properly look after ourselves. But here are some general hints and tips to help out with that.
How To Properly Look After Yourself
Here are six things you want to focus on in life to better look after yourself and improve both your physical and mental health:
1. Get (And Stay) Fit
Getting and staying fit is all about motivation. The key is not to give up, especially in the early days when it may be physically tough and even painful.
Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) affects a large section of new exercisers. So the key is to start with something manageable and also that is enjoyable to you, as this way you are much more likely to keep it going.
Start with running for 20 minutes in the nearest park every day. Then build up your endurance to 30, 40 or even 60 minutes a day.
Or try an easy workout right from your bedroom. Join a yoga or a spinning class. Go for a swim on a hot summer day.
There are plenty of activities that can combine regular exercise with pleasure. You just have to find the workout that best fits you and stick to it in order to get fit.
Exercising daily is the simplest way to look after yourself, physically speaking. Then, it’s all about eating healthy.
2. Eat Well
How we eat can affect so much of how we feel, look, and are overall healthy. But how is the best way to ensure you are eating well?
Firstly, it’s a good experiment to log what you are eating and figure out where you are going wrong? There are plenty of food tracking apps out there to help with this.
We all have our weak spots and it’s all about figuring out a sustainable way of tackling these. There’s no point making sweeping changes and then not being able to keep it up.
Some helpful tips to eat healthily would be to:
- Eat smaller portions from smaller plates;
- Consume raw foods such as fruits and vegetables as much as possible;
- Don’t eat later at night;
- Avoid fast foods, alcohol, sugary foods, and sweet drinks;
- Enjoy your meals by chewing slowly, etc.
You know, it’s not that easy to eat well, and most of us already know what it takes to live a healthy lifestyle.
Follow these healthy eating tips and you’ll be able to properly look after yourself by taking care of your body from the inside out.
3. Take Care Of Your Mental Health
As well as looking after yourself physically, it’s important to be aware of your mental health.
It’s said that one in four of us will experience mental health issues at some point in our lives.
If you are suffering from an undiagnosed condition, it can really affect all aspects of life. You could be less energetic and even become socially withdrawn.
There is no stigma in seeking mental help if you feel you are struggling. So make an appointment at your doctor to find the best solution for you.
So the most important things you must take care of to properly look after yourself are your body, inside and outside, and your mind. But besides them, there are also other factors that you must take into account, such as those below.
4. Check Your Insurance Is Up To Date
There are a few types of insurance to keep up to date:
- Health insurance, for one. If you are ill or injured and can’t get the proper medical assistance then your health suffers.
- You can also get unemployment insurance to protect against losing your job which has such a big impact on your life.
- Also, don’t forget about life insurance, so that in the case of the worst, your loved ones are looked after. You can always search online for a more competitive rate for your life insurance.
You’ll live a worry- and stress-free life if everything that matters to you is insured. And believe me, a life without stress is so close to the perfect one.
5. Asses Your Financial Health
Sometimes life is just so busy that we don’t realize that our financial behavior needs checking once in a while.
It’s not a bad idea to give yourself a financial health check once in a while. This means checking your spending habits, assessing your credit file and saving habits.
6. Ensure You Have A Good Work-Life Balance
Although being financially stable and secure it’s also important, don’t forget to enjoy life and not make it all about working.
Find a corner in your home where you can relax an unwind every day after work. Make it just about yourself, listen to some chill music, and try to clear your mind.
Also, take some time out for the family and your friends and even just to relax once in a while. Book a vacation where you can spend some quality time with your family.
If you want to properly look after yourself, you need to take into account not just your health and fitness, but your finance and social life too.
So make sure you carefully balance all these things into your life to become THE BEST YOU.