It can be all too easy to let healthy habits slip when times are stressful. Especially when you’re in problem-solving mode, everything related to meeting your main objectives takes precedence, while relaxing and doing things you enjoy tend to fall by the wayside.
Taking steps to keep those things as part of your daily routine, however, can actually curb the stress you feel and improve your health overall. You will have a much better chance of sticking to healthy habits if you make a plan and write down your goals.
When creating your self-care plan, keep these components in mind:
Eat well. A healthy diet is the foundation of your self-care plan. To have the energy you need to accomplish everything else, you need to fuel your body with nutrient-rich items like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean sources of protein.
Be social. Feeling connected to others is an important form of self-care, as stress can be particularly isolating and can lead to feelings of depression. Get out and spend time with friends and loved ones. What you do together matters less than spending enjoyable time with others.
Exercise. Regular physical activity is an important part of your self-care routine. When you make exercising a habit, you benefit by reducing stress in addition to staying in good physical health.
Get restful sleep. Your brain recharges during sleep. Getting around eight hours of sleep every night can help lower blood pressure, improve alertness and recall, reduce inflammation and aid in the fight against depression and weight gain.
Do something you enjoy. Take time out of your day to do something fun, whether that’s crafting, playing a sport or participating in any number of other activities that leave you feeling refreshed, recharged and ready to embrace new challenges.
Stress doesn’t have to rule your day. Create a self-care plan, and see how much better you feel when you follow it.