Welcome back to another well-being post! I recently uploaded a post on ‘5 Simple Self-Care Habits’, and today I’ll be giving you 5 more. Especially with many of us slowly making our way back to work, now is the perfect time to put some of these into practice.
I’ve just finished my first week back at work, and quite honestly I feel exhausted. After 4 months of self-isolation/lockdown, it’s definitely been challenging trying to adjust back to normal. On a positive note, it feels great to have a more solid routine again; to reunite with my colleagues that I haven’t seen in forever; and to see how much the children I work with have grown and developed in the past few months.
We’ve already established how important self-care is for your well-being; so I hope that the self-care habits I’ll be talking about today will inspire some of you to take some me-time.
Spend time outside
I know it’s tempting to spend all day binge-watching Netflix and lounging on the sofa; but there are SO many scientific benefits to spending time outdoors. For one, it’s a great energy booster! Scientists found that spending just 20 minutes outside provides your brain with as much energy as a cup of coffee. If, like me, your immune system is rubbish, then consider a daily reading session in your garden or local park. Apparently, inhaling the chemicals that plants release into the air (phytoncides) can increase our levels of white blood cells. Therefore this increases our bodies ability to fight off infections and diseases.
Psychologists even say that time outdoors reminds us about the important things in life. It allows us to focus on relationships and positive community, rather than the pressures of society. Lastly, scientists suggest that being outside can help us focus, and encourage creativity.
Put more thought into who you give your time to
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in recent years, which has really helped me mentally, is being more considerate of myself and my time. People often get comfortable within friendship groups, which makes it easier to excuse behaviours of those we call our ‘friends’. You should always put a lot of thought into who you think is worthy of your time. Don’t waste it on people that make you feel like you can’t be who you are; or those you don’t make you feel special and appreciated. Instead, spend it with those who make you belly laugh, check up on you, and really listen when you’re trying to seek advice.
I know that this can be really difficult. I’ve let go of friendships that I’ve had for 10+ years, because I figured that in order for people to respect me, I had to show that I was willing to let go of toxic relationships and put myself first.
Similarly to spending time outside, there are heaps of benefits to herbal teas. It’s the ideal drink to detox and cleanse the body of toxins. Each combination of ingredients tends to have a slightly different effect, and you can buy teas that target specific areas. Science suggests that drinking a herbal tea, particularly spearmint, after meals can aid digestion and reduce the urge to overeat.
Teas containing fennel, lemongrass or physillium husk can help to boost the metabolism and burn fats. So if you’re hoping to lose a little weight then consider giving these teas a go. Perhaps the most universally-known benefit of herbal tea is the stress-relief it can provide. Especially chamomile, which calms the mind and naturally releases chemicals in the brain that can fight depression and stress, as well as insomnia.
Take a detox from social media
One of those things that you always tell yourself you should do, but you rarely get around to it. Aimlessly scrolling through social media can be a great distraction, but I find that too much of it leaves me feeling sluggish and demotivated.
Setting aside time to focus on what’s going on in the real world allows you to live in the moment. Plus it can be really bad for your self-esteem spending so much time looking at people living ‘their best life’. When in reality, social media is just a powerful mask for people to hide behind. Taking this time to reconnect with the real world will also help prevent you from comparing yourself/your life to others, and maybe help you develop a greater appreciation for what you have.
Actually giving yourself time to relax and unwind
You should be prioritising self-care and scheduling it into your routine the same way you would anything else on your to-do list. You can’t expect your brain and body to be capable of doing all the things you need it to, if you’re not going to give it some love from time to time.
I try to make sure I spend at least 5 minutes everyday on self-care. Whether that’s drinking a green tea in the evening, or a meditation as I fall asleep. If you don’t take good care of your emotional and mental well-being, then it’ll start to effect everything else in your life. If you’re not careful you’ll end up feeling drained and deflated, which is why I highly recommend you try some of these out for yourself.
We’d love to know your personal favourite self-care habits, so feel free to leave them in the comments below! Thank you for reading.
Read Part 1 of ‘5 Simple Self-Care Habits’ here: https://www.emgoingplaces.com/2020/06/5-simple-self-care-habits-to-start-today/
For more benefits of the great outdoors, click here: https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/70548/11-scientific-benefits-being-outdoors
For more benefits of herbal teas, click here: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/food-news/8-ways-herbal-tea-benefits-your-health/photostory/69385326.cms?picid=69385327 & https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-herbal-teas#section7