Do you know how to take care of yourself? This doesn’t necessarily mean paying your bills, getting some sleep, and maintaining your career. This is all about self-care. How often do you get the recommended amount of sleep each night? When was the last time you actually had a glass of water? Have you gone for a walk in the last week? What’s your inner dialogue like?
It’s so important to keep track of these things because life can be hectic and it’s easy to get lost in the constant flow. Here are some tips to help keep you on track with your self-care. Do you do any of these?
Take Care Of Yourself By Drinking More Water
Not tea. Not coffee. Certainly not soda. Water. Teas and coffee are diuretics, which means they dry you out. You expel more fluid than you retain, which is why you may be thirsty after having a mug of tea. Try either replacing a cup of tea with a glass of water or add a couple of glasses throughout the day to keep you hydrated. Think about it: How much water do you really drink each day?
Knowledge is power, right? Reading works your brain and helps keep it strong. For example, if you used to run and work out often, then stopped, your muscles will lose that strength you worked so hard to obtain. Like your muscles, if you don’t work your brain, either through puzzles, reading, or other mental activities, your brain won’t feel as sharp. Not to mention, who doesn’t love a good book, like 100 Tips For Growing Up?
Take Care Of Yourself By Paying Attention To Your Diet
Food is funny – sometimes, a big meal of steak and potatoes really hits the spot. But after all that food, you’re not feeling so great, right? It’s important to understand what foods do to your body. This way, you can create a diet that works for you. Maybe you feel better when you cut out all that red meat – there are other ways to get a good source of protein. And if you’re not too keen on salad every night, have no fear – there are so many delicious ways to jazz up other healthy greens.
Try Your Best
Life isn’t a competition. With the rise of social media, however, it can feel that way at times. When you feel stressed about how other people are doing and want to compare yourself to them, stop. Turn off the phone/computer, have a glass of water, and either dive into that good book or go for a walk. If you know that you’re honestly trying your best, you’re doing perfectly fine.