When you live, work and play in the concrete jungle, it can become easy to focus solely on making it through the daily rush. Simply trying to survive the busyness of it all. We do so repetitively and in time it feels tedious or monotonous. Not only do we forget to stop and look up at the clouds or smell the roses, but to assess our own wellness.
Taking care of yourself is essential - you deserve it, of course, but it also ensures you are equipped to handle what may come with each new day. Self care keeps you at the top of your form, physically and mentally. Most importantly, it shows your body that you truly care.
Balance your sleep patterns
According to experts, six to eight hours of sleep is the optimal amount needed to function effectively. Without sleep, our body and mind miss the opportunity to rest and recharge. As a result, it is easier to be irritable and negative when tired because you are running on fumes. This exact number of hours varies between people, and the best way to find your slumber length is to notice the days that you wake up without your alarm clock and feel refreshed - or the days your alarm wakes you and you are able to bounce out of bed easily. How many hours did you sleep? There is your answer!
Balance your diet
Food is the fuel that energises your body, and it is important to feed it in balance and moderation. Too much or too little of some types of foods may cause a lack in some nutrients or an increase in toxic or harmful substances. For example, having too much sugar can lead to diabetes, whereas having too little can lead to low blood sugar levels. Listen to your body, but also try to recognise when it's just the cravings or your boredom reaching for that XXL size chocolate bar.
Try to be kind & forgive
This is probably the most difficult piece of advice to implement. The truth is that a grudge eats away at YOU, instead of the person your resentment is directed at. In order to gain peace it is important to work towards being kind to and forgiving yourself and others .
“Mentally strong people let go of grudges so they can focus their energy on more worthwhile causes. That doesn't mean they allow themselves to be abused by people, however. It just means they don't allow pent-up resentment to overtake their lives.”
Mindfulness & Meditation
Meditation is widely known to help with relaxation. With consistency, compassion and an open mind, meditation can teach you to concentrate, raise your emotional intelligence, confidence, and overall well being. Check out our Simple Tips for Meditation Beginners to start your practice.
Make the time
The most important thing you can do is to create time for your fitness or wellness routine. If you want to improve your health, you must make the time for it. It could be one yoga class per week, taking longer walks with your dog or meditating on your lunch break. You might need to make some sacrifices, like getting up extra early, but if that additional time is spent working on you, for you, your mind and body will appreciate it.