Some days, self care is a struggle.
If your calendar is busy and you’re feeling spread thin, it can be helpful to get back to basics.
I’m excited to share this guest article with you guys today with some ideas for simple ways to take great care of your body, and prioritize your health.
7 Ways to Take Better Care of Your Body
While it seems like a simple task, taking good care of your body isn’t always so easy.
Maybe you grew up learning from your parents, teachers or friends on how to care for yourself, or maybe you’ve done some research. But as you’ve probably found, there’s a lot of conflicting information out there about health, wellness, and how to find balance.
Plus, sometimes you may feel that you’re doing a great job with self care, but you still find yourself exhausted, or like you just aren’t feeling your best.
This is a tell-all sign that something is up, and that you need to make some changes to how you’re looking after your body. But what changes should you make?
As you’re making positive changes for your health, remind yourself that this doesn’t have to be a stressful endeavor. Keep it simple and think holistically. What practices can you incorporate into your daily routine that you’ll be able to sustain?
Start small and go from there.
1. Calm Your Mind
Work on calming your mind. Mindfulness is helpful for any task throughout your day and can give you the tools to feel centered and peaceful. If you’re someone that is prone to stress, learning how to be mindful and practicing meditation can help you. Our minds and bodies are connected, and by practicing good mental health you will empower yourself to better care for your physical body, too.
2. Stay Stress-Free As Often As Possible
Stress can catch up to us, especially in the fast pace of the modern world. Manage your stress well. Set good boundaries, be kind to yourself, and take rest. Do things that allow you to detach from any stressful thoughts.
Movement plays a key part in taking great care of your body. You don’t have to join a gym or do a sport that you don’t like. Instead, you need to make sure that you’re exercising to feel good. Find a workout style that you enjoy and that makes you feel your best, whether it’s yoga, weightlifting, cardio, swimming, cycling, CrossFit, rec sports, dance, or any other form of exercise. Do what you enjoy and you’ll be more likely to stick with it over time!
4. Drink Water
This next point is one we’ve all heard before, because it’s true. Drinking water does wonders for your health. Your skin will benefit, your body will feel more energized, and you’ll be able to sleep a lot better too. Definitely make this one a priority.
5. Nourish Yourself
What we eat plays a huge role in our overall wellbeing and health. Consider the balance of protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, fruits and vegetables that are in your diet. Consider how much sugar and fat you’re eating. Set specific goals around your diet so that you can meet them. Some people may want to lose weight with the help of KetoLogic's supplements; others may want to gain muscle, reduce body fat, or maintain their current weight and body composition. The more you can incorporate mindfulness into your nutrition routine, the better.
6. Pamper Yourself
Treating yourself to something special can make such a difference to your body and how you feel. Your body holds stress, just like your mind does. When you take a relaxing bath, get a massage, go in for a beauty treatment, or pamper yourself with an at-home spa day, your body will thank you for it. These small steps go a long way toward helping you relax and feel calm and grounded in your body.
7. Relax & Let Go
Remember, too, to take breaks. Let yourself relax and switch off. Allow your body to get some much-needed rest and relaxation as you work to find a healthy balance in your life. As you let go of pressure and enjoy yourself, you will feel happier and healthier.
I’m curious: what would you guys add to this list? What helps you feel amazing in your body?
A few of my favorites: dancing at home in my underwear, getting extra sleep on the weekends, and using a foam roller after an intense workout.
What helps you take gentle care of your body?