Learning to say no is really hard; many of us feel obligated to say yes when someone asks for our time or energy. However, if you’re already stressed or overworked, saying yes to loved ones or co-workers can lead to burnout, anxiety, and irritability. It may take a little practice, but once you learn how to politely say no, you'll start to feel more empowered, and you'll have more time for your self-care.
Below are some self-care ideas because you have made precious time by saying NO:
HEALTHY SLEEP HABITS
Probably one of the most vital needs of your body is quality sleep. This means a good sleep routine which could include:
- Sleep at regular times to maintain a sleep pattern and rhythm.
- Wind down before bedtime, write in your journal, read a book, take a hot bath or meditate.
- Keep your bedroom sleep friendly, with no distractions, dark and at a comfortable temperature.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR GUT
Your gut health can have a significant impact on your health, well-being, and feelings of vitality. The types of foods you eat crucially impact the bacteria that live in your stomach, resulting in a cascade of either positive or negative outcomes. An unhappy gut can lead to an unhappy person, and vice-versa. Check out our post about 10 healthy foods for stress relief.
We all know exercise is good for us, but do we really know how good it is? Daily exercise can help you both physically and mentally, boosting your mood and reducing stress and anxiety, not to mention helping you shed extra weight. Of course, it might be hard to go to the gym every day, so try to incorporate other exercises, such as walking, tennis, or yoga, which may be able to fit into your schedule more easily. The most important thing is to create a routine that works for you.
TAKING A SELF-CARE TRIP OR DAY OUT
This can make a huge difference in your life. Even if you’re not feeling particularly stressed, getting away for a weekend every now and then can help you disconnect, relax, and be rejuvenated. These self-care trips don’t have to be costly; simply drive to the next town over and see the sights, or go camping nearby. The goal is to veer away from your normal schedule and take the time to do something just for yourself!
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