20 Simple Self Care Strategies
Self-Care. What is it? Self-Care these days has become a household word, especially in this most turbulent year. Most of us understand the meaning of self-care whether you have heard about it, experienced it, or read about it. It is not a new thing, but it deserves as much promotion as possible as we all strive to be our best, feel our best and present our best self in our everyday interactions.
As resident Wellness Guru of Parity Consulting, I am passionate about sharing the importance of practicing self-care with our team, our candidates and clients and our extended networks.
So much can throw us off balance - a sleeplessness night, reading bad news (or watching the news!), managing competing deadlines, the breakdown of a work or personal relationship or poor health management. The slightest thing can change so much.
But, if you have a self-care regime that you know works for you, you are one step ahead.
Positive mental health and well-being allows us to live our lives in the most positive and meaningful way and cope with life’s changes and challenges as they arise. This helps us to manage our physical and mental health and stay ahead of the curve ball during stressful times.
Below is a list of20 Simple Self-Care Strategies that I shared with our team – what may work for you may not work for someone else - it is a personal thing:
1. Enjoy regular exercise – book it like you do a meeting! It is a meeting for your body and mind!
2. Get outside in the morning - exposure to sunlight is thought to increase the brain's release of a hormone called serotonin. Serotonin is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused. At night, darker lighting triggers the brain to make another hormone called melatonin. This hormone is responsible for helping you sleep.
3. Keep a balanced diet
4. Limit caffeinated drinks by lunchtime
5. Speak to yourself as you would your best friend – be kind
6. Maintain your friendships – connect on a regular basis and do things you enjoy together
7. Ask for help and accept it when it is offered
8. Plan something to look forward to – a day out, a night away with friends - even a short holiday.
9. Spend quality time for yourself, even 15 minutes per day:
· go for a walk
· meditate – still the racing mind
· read a book
· call a friend – have a laugh and shift your mood
10. Hydrate! This also greatly affects your sleep
11. Have a day nap – 30 minutes will recharge the batteries
12. Listen to signs your body sends you – switch off
13. Go to bed and get up at the same time each day - work with your circadian rhythms
14. Put your phone on airplane mode at night – use it only as an alarm clock – keeping it on is like sleeping next to a computer – it will affect your sleep in a huge way!
15. Create a sense of calm right before bed – meditate! Even a 10-minute breathing exercise can slow the mind down immensely and in turn calm the mind and body
16. Create a nightly routine – limit screen time by a certain time, shower/bath to relax, a cup of peppermint or chamomile tea or warm milk before bed signals your mind it is time to slow down and ensure your room is cool and dark for the best chance to fall asleep easily
17. SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP – this is SO critical – and makes all the difference
18. Practice acceptance – be ok that some days are great, and some days are average. Very few people feel their best self every day.
19. Be compassionate – to yourself!
20. Take care of yourself and do one thing a day that makes you happy in order to avoid burnout
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Skye is a Specialist Consulting at Parity Consulting, working across Financial Services in Marketing, Communications and Digital roles. In her spare time, she runs a national corporate wellness business called Skye Lifestyle. Yoga keeps her grounded and her genuine passion for people is one of her greatest skills. A sushi lover, Skye is our Resident Wellness Guru.
Parity Consulting works with clients who embrace diverse and inclusive environments and empower their teams to bring their authentic whole self to work. We encourage people with different beliefs, abilities, backgrounds and life experiences to contact us.
Feel free to reach out to Skye on 0451 193 774 or firstname.lastname@example.org