New year, new me! How often do we hear that? Just about every year, right? OR how many times have we thought that? *Cringe!* So, with no time to waste, let’s get to it!
There are so many aspects when it comes to self-care: physical, emotional, social, personal, financial, spiritual, spatial, and work.
With so many aspects to self-care it can feel overwhelming to balance them all. Having these three things in mind will help you:
- Find activities/rituals/goals that work for you
- Be consistent, but be kind to yourself
- Track your progress
Today we're focusing on ways to balance physical self-care via exercise, rest, hygiene, food, and health appointments.
Exercise is often at the top of people’s New Year’s resolution list. A gym membership is usually people’s ‘go to’ when starting an exercise regime, but exercise can happen in a variety of ways. Think of some uncommon ways to get in exercise such as only making phone calls while walking, getting a standing desk, going for a hike, or dancing to music, even just simple movements throughout the day.
Find what works for you to honor your body and accept it in its entirety. Usually starting off with shorter workouts is easiest and not being hard on yourself to commit to a strenuous workout every single day. Consistency is key though, because it leads to progress. Finding a way to track your progress usually keeps you motivated to keep going. Track the way you feel after workouts or what you love about your body.
We all love a good night’s sleep. It’s one of the most important things you can do for your overall well-being. During sleep, your body and brain go through processes of recovery which lead to better physical and mental health. Here are some components that contribute to a good sleep routine:
- Same bed time and wake up times
- 7-8 hours of sleep
- Limiting blue light exposure at least an hour before bed (these glasses can help)
- Limiting caffeine 4-6 hours before bedtime
A lot of cell phone apps or smart watches are a convenient way to track sleep patterns. Pay attention to how you feel the next day after getting quality sleep.
Personal hygiene is a form of self-care that is particular to each person. We all know the basics of brushing our teeth and showering daily but we all have our go-to’s. Do you have a favorite body wash you like to use or a moisturizer that you can’t live without? Finding your own hair washing routine along with a shaving or waxing routine will keep you feeling at your best.
Did you know that flossing teeth is not only good for oral health but is actually linked to cardiovascular health as well? Make sure to keep up with those pearly whites, your heart will thank you for it.
The type of food we eat determines our physical health, but did you know it also determines how happy we are too? As we all know, it’s important to get a variety of fruits and vegetables in our diet for optimal health. A fun way to increase fruit and vegetable intake is to aim at getting as many colors of the rainbow in each day as you can. Try this apple cider turmeric detox recipe for a quick reset. Among all the physical benefits from proper nutrition, you also get glowing skin. That’s a win-win for sure!
Part of a healthy diet includes proper hydration. It’s recommended to drink half of your body weight in ounces. Break this up into goals throughout the day. For motivation you can track how you feel after meeting your water and nutrition goals. Do you feel stressed and lethargic or happy and energized?
Scheduling self-care appointments help you stay committed since someone is expecting you to show up. Making it to your annual doctor’s appointment helps you form a relationship with your clinician, leading to personalized care. You can even save money in the long run if an issue is detected early.
Maintaining regular dental exams and cleanings will help you maintain oral hygiene. One side effect is you will probably smile more. I can guarantee you, your smile will make someone’s day! Other self-care appointments are tailored to you. What makes you feel better? Some options include massages, facials, or hair appointments.
While, we might leave the hair salon looking like a new person this year, we don’t have to become a new person as part of our New Year resolutions. These are some of the ways we're balancing physical self-care in an effort to be our best self this year.