Self-care isn’t as selfish as it sounds on the surface; it doesn’t mean you need to shun friends and family in order to look after number one all the time. Self-care is about weaving healthy habits into your daily routine until you hardly notice that such ‘tasks’ have even found their way into your schedule. It’s about far more than pampering yourself for self-indulgent reasons.
Self-care is about coming to the realisation that your health is just as important as the health of those you love and that you need to dedicate time during your day to looking after your body and even elements of your mental health. If avoiding health problems is selfish, then I guess self-care is selfish. Whatever the case, if you’re looking to become healthier, then here are some self-care tips you should definitely take on board.
As dreaded as the word may be, exercise is the key to looking after your body. You don’t need to run marathons or lift weights at the gym until you become a bodybuilder, but partaking in some form of daily activity is necessary to keep your body functioning as it should be. As long as you don’t approach the activity half-heartedly, then you’ll be doing your health the world of good.
For example, an hour of walking is much better for you than a lazy 10 minute jog, and you could see it as a relaxing venture out into your local valley or park. As long as you’re pushing your body to work a little harder than usual for an hour or so each day, you’ll be doing more to look after yourself in terms of cardio and burning calories than you realise. You’ll keep your heart healthy and your weight down. What you may not realise is that you’ll also be improving your mental health, which might help give you the motivation to work out next time.
Looking after your teeth isn’t just important in terms of aesthetics or even avoiding fillings, but for the health of your entire mouth. Gums can become damaged or even diseased if you fail to clean your teeth properly. It helps to use mouthwash and dental flosses in order to remove any excess food or plaque that you may not have reached with your toothbrush.
Of course, if you’re worried that you should be doing more to look after your teeth, you could always look into Country Park Dental Practice if you want advice from some private professionals with regards to your dental health. The key is to simply do as much as possible as often as possible to keep your mouth healthy; if you’re at home after eating your lunch, you could even brush your teeth then too. There are no rules preventing you from brushing your teeth too often, but brushing them too little could be damaging.
Your mother was right; you should be eating more fruits and vegetables. Most people focus on diet purely for weight-based reasons, but there are far more health benefits attached to eating ‘good’ foods than that. Eating your greens can help lead to a nourished and happy brain, as well as looking after your skin and helping your body become stronger.
*Disclaimer – This is a collaborative post.