2. Make Time for Yourself
Even if it’s just a few minutes a day, carving out some “you” time
will help you stay calm when things get hectic and focused on what you want to achieve for yourself. How you choose to spend that time is up to you — even a short walk around the block or a few minutes of deep breathing can change your mindset.
3. Make Conscious Food Choices
We all know how easy it is to reach for whatever’s easy, especially if we’re busy or stressed out. But making conscious food choices is a powerful way to practice self-care on a daily basis and positively contribute to your overall wellness goals. Again, getting started is the hardest part, so be sure you surround yourself with people who support your decision to be healthy — sometimes that may even mean looking beyond your household for an online or real-life group that shares your same goals.
4. Truly Disconnect
As someone whose work depends on being connected to the Internet, I personally know how hard this one can be! But we are simply not built to be attached to screens all day. It’s not good for our eyes, brains, posture, or real-life social lives (hence why we limit our kids’ screen time). To truly unplug
, take a habit of turning off your phone and screens at least half an hour before bedtime, and even keep your phone in another room if you can. Pro tip: An old-school alarm clock is a great purchase to help you stay on schedule, if you’re afraid you won’t wake up without the alarm on your phone.
5. Spend Time Doing Things You Love
In addition to keeping your brain and body stimulated, having some kind of personal hobby is a great way to take some time for yourself. Constantly working toward a goal, whether it’s chipping away at an arts and crafts project or mastering a new skill, also gives you a sense of accomplishment every time you reach a new milestone, however small it may be.