Taking care of yourself is the most 'un-selfish' thing you will do!
1. Make time for you
Allow yourself the gift of time, even if it is just for 5 minutes a day. Create time to rest, unwind, read a book, take a bath, have a cup of tea and just be! Creating time to just ‘be’ without the day to day distraction of life is incredibly important for our body to be able to rest, recharge and keep on going. Gift yourself time EVERYDAY.
2. Connection & Laughter
Making time to connect with people and laugh has surprisingly good benefits. It is vital for our spirit, is a basic human need and will have positive effects on your immune function and mental health. Do you take the time to switch off and connect? When was the last time you laughed until you cried? If you don’t know, then it may be time to reconnect those who you can do this with.
3. Nutrition & Movement
Looking after yourself starts with nourishing your body with beautiful fresh fruits, vegetables, lean protein, nuts, seeds & healthy fats! Add to this getting some ‘huffy-puffy’ (exercise) reduces stress, releases serotonin (the happy hormone) and is good for the soul. You can find out more about nutrition and movement on these pages: NUTRITION | MOVEMENT
4. Set your soul on fire
Practicing positive affirmations, yoga and meditation have undeniable benefits on your mental and physical wellbeing. It is proven to increase immunity, emotional balance, decrease blood pressure and is also believed to be anti-inflammatory! Maybe it is the beach or nature for you? Are you are into something totally different like fishing, hiking, getting out into nature, reading a book or relaxing with the scent of essential oils? Whatever it is, bring back the positive!
Ensuring you enjoy quality uninterrupted sleep is vital and plays a critical role in immune function, metabolism, memory and learning. It doesn’t stop there, it is also vital for natural growth and repair of every cell in your body. It may not come as a surprise that when you have poor sleep patterns your cognitive function is disrupted and you experience increased irritability, lethargy and fatigue.
More important than anything, is making decisions and taking actions that can and will make your life easier. That could mean saying YES to help, delegating tasks, outsourcing jobs that take you a lot of time or energy or even finding apps or tools to help you manage your caring role in a less stressful way.