Everyone could do with taking better care of themselves, especially those living with disabilities. Although the term “self-care” has begun floating around more and more in the past few years, it’s far from the latest trend. In fact, it’s a practice necessary for a healthy and happy life. After all, unless you provide your mind and body with the things that they need, you won’t be able to enjoy the good times or handle the bad. With that in mind, here are five essential self-care practices.
- Get Plenty Of Rest
With the busy world we all live in, most of us don’t get nearly as much sleep as we should. Although it can differ from person to person, most people require around eight hours of rest each night. This is necessary to refresh and repair your body and mind. If you’re struggling to get to sleep, you should follow a nighttime routine, heading to bed at around the same time each evening. You should also avoid napping and drinking caffeine, especially in the late afternoon.
- Work Out Each Day
As important as it is to rest, you must also stay active. This can make it easier for you to fall asleep each night, as well as maintain a healthy weight and fight stress. Because of this, you should try to get at least thirty minutes of exercise every day. Even a quick walk or jog around the neighborhood would have a positive effect. There are many exercises that you could try, including many you can do at home, such as yoga, dance, and even playing with your children.
- Speak About Your Feelings
Bottling up how you feel is never a good idea. Not only does it not solve anything, but it can make your problems worse too. Therefore, as difficult as it can be, you should be more open about your feelings. Some people like to talk about them with their friends, while others would rather visit a family counseling center. If you don’t feel up to talking, then journalling can help too. Simply putting your feelings on a page can offer perspective, allowing you to free yourself from them.
- Do Things You Love
Life is about living, so make sure that you do. If there’s any that you love to do, then you should ensure you have time for it. This could mean playing with your little ones, volunteering at a shelter, or just watching your favorite television show. You could even pick up a new hobby, like meditation or crafts. Ensure that you give these activities a place in your schedule and let others know you won’t be available during that time. You’ll feel a whole lot happier as a result.
- Eat The Right Foods
Hectic lifestyles have made eating much less of a priority. This means that more and more people are opting for unhealthy snacks and junk food to fill themselves, or, worse still, skipping meals altogether. Being able to cook your own nutritious foods would be ideal, but, if you can’t for one reason or another, then you should ask someone to lend a hand. You could have a loved one prepare food for you a few times a week, for example, or pay for a meal delivery service.
You deserve the best, so take care of your mind and body with the advice above.