3 Simple Ways To Incorporate Self-Care Into Your Daily Life

Self-care shouldn’t be difficult

Dawn Teh
Dawn Teh
Dec 15, 2019 · 3 min read
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“Self-care” has been the buzzword in wellness circles these days. It often conjures up images of meditation, massages and mindfulness. But self-care doesn’t have to be complicated or overly ritualized. And it shouldn’t become another item on your to-do list that you dread to accomplish.

Self-care is about taking your own steps to promote physical, mental and spiritual well-being. And it can look very different from person to person. For some it may be committing that half hour every morning to a yoga session. For others, it may be as simple as writing down one thing they are thankful for each night.

Are you struggling to come up with ideas on how to practice more self-care in your life? It doesn’t necessarily have to involve signing up for breathing classes or going for weekly pedicures. Sometimes, all it takes is making small changes to your lifestyle to see big changes in your wellbeing. Here are 3 simple ways to incorporate self-care into your daily routine:

Batch cook healthy meals

This probably seems like a no-brainer. And yet we often find ourselves unconsciously making unhealthy choices about what food goes into our bodies. Sometimes all we have is half an hour for a quick lunch. So we opt for fast food. Or it’s 8 p.m. by the time we get home from work and we’re too tired to whip up a soba salad from scratch. So we opt for the freezer meal.

My solution: batch cook healthy meals ahead of time and freeze it. This gives you less of a reason to always choose greasy takeout over a healthy home cooked meal. Pinterest is bursting with healthy meal ideas. All it takes is a little planning, and healthy eating could easily become part of your everyday routine.

Move your body throughout the day

Everyone knows the benefits of exercise and how it not only enhances your physical health, but mental wellbeing too. But the recommended 30 minutes of exercise 4–5 times a week can be difficult for some to achieve.

Why not try to incorporate moving your body throughout the day. Going up just a few levels at the office? How about take the stairs. Or ditch the car and ride your bicycle to work instead. All these little bursts of movement do their bit to help elevate the heart rate and get the blood pumping. The next time you have a choice to move or stay sedentary, choose to move.

Have intentional time away from your phone

Smartphones have improved our lives in a multitude of ways. But there’s no denying that too much screen time can affect our wellbeing.

The urge to be mentally stimulated has become so ingrained in our existence, that we find it hard to resist punctuating our moments of idleness with swiping and scrolling. Perhaps it’s time to have intentional periods away from our phones.

What’s the first thing you do when you get up in the morning? For many of us, it’s look at our phones in a half awoken state. Why not take a break from your phone for 5 minutes when you wake up and just be present in the moment. Or actually eat a meal without looking at your phone and try to enjoy the flavors.

We often find ourselves reaching for the phone without even realising it a lot of the time. Taking intentional breaks from your phone can be a starting point for living in the present.

So there you have my 3 simple ways to start fitting self-care into your everyday activities. Remember, it shouldn’t just be about ticking certain relaxing activities off your list. It’s about intentionally thinking about they way you’re living, and making changes that ultimately enhances your well-being.

Dawn Teh

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Health content writer | Former psychologist writing about how we think, feel, connect and thrive. Let's talk: dawn.teh@pennedcopywrite.com

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