Did you know that September is self-care awareness month?
It's time to remind ourselves that putting our own needs first and foremost is not selfish! We are always so busy with balancing out our different roles in life that we often neglect self-care.
To help you make self-care part of your everyday routine, we've listed 7 simple ways that you can show yourself some love daily!
Spend time outdoors
Connecting with nature is a great way to re-charge your batteries and re-set your mind. It is a simple but effective way to give yourself a break in the middle of the day. So, make sure you are spending enough time outdoors getting fresh air and some vitamin D!
Nourish your body
Eating a balanced diet is probably one of the most essential forms of self-care. Not only eating to satisfy your cravings but actually showing your body some love by nourishing it with healthy and natural foods!
Treat yourself once in a while
It is important to eat healthily and exercise consistently, but it is also essential to know when to give yourself a break! Sometimes it is good to get out of the routine and treat yourself. Even small things such as a night out with a friend or going to the movies in the middle of the week can be beneficial to your mental health!
Working out is another simple way to show yourself some love daily. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, also known as the happy hormone. Endorphins make you feel energized, improve your mood and even boost your immune response. So, get moving!
Life is so busy that sometimes we get lost trying to satisfy everyone around us and forget to focus on ourselves. However, leaving our anxieties and worries aside and just being present is essential to our mental well being. And meditation is a powerful tool for helping you slow down and live a more mindful lifestyle!
Learn to say "no"
Saying "no" to friends, family and co-workers can be really hard. That is because we, as human beings, want to be accepted and liked, and that sometimes means pleasing others. However, putting our needs aside and trying to satisfy everyone all the time can lead to burnout, anxiety, and irritability in the long-term. So, next time someone asks you to do something, say "no" if you have to!
Surround yourself with positive people
Having uplifting people around you can really change your life! Make sure you are spending most of your time with those that bring the best out of you. Be mindful of how you behave and feel around people. If they make you a more positive person and bring contagious energy to your life, try to spend more time with them!