Invest in Yourself: Smart Tips for Practicing Self-Care
By Sheila Olson
Whether you live in the city, country, or somewhere in between, your lifestyle is likely the same as everyone else’s: fast-paced. Unfortunately, this means you have less time to prioritize fitness and physical and emotional self-care. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are a few simple changes you can make to your day to get the most out of you.
Swap the Grocery Store for Food Delivery
Ten years ago, the idea of grocery delivery was something only entertained by the wealthy. But 100 years ago, grocery delivery was the norm, and people’s diets tended to be healthier and full of whole foods. When major retailers started popping up, this personalized service went away. Today, however, fresh food delivery services are making a comeback. These services, explains TheFoodOasis.com, are not only convenient but can help you exert control over what and how you eat. Using a delivery service can also help you spice things up and ensure that you always have healthy food on hand when a craving strikes.
Walk to Work
Depending on where you live, it may be necessary to drive or utilize public transportation to get back and forth to work. However, if your office is three miles away or less, there’s plenty of good reasons to put on your favorite sneakers and pound the pavement. First, walking is an excellent cardiovascular exercise and isn’t likely to wear you out. A 30- to 45-minute walk in the morning will help you reach your fitness goals without going to the gym. But perhaps more importantly, maintaining a physical fitness routine will lead to overall improved mental well-being, fewer health problems, and less stress and anxiety.
Meditate in the Shower
There are only so many hours in each day. For this reason, it’s often necessary to swap one activity for another. For example, if you like to meditate but don’t have 30 minutes to spare, consider taking this anxiety-busting practice to the shower. Meditating in the shower is a great way to stay in touch with your mind and body while knocking your morning hygiene routine off your to-do list. TheWayOfMeditation.com explains that everything from the sound of running water to the scent of your soap can help you direct your thoughts to a positive place.
Exercise in Bed
Contrary to popular belief, your bed is good for more than just sleep. Your bed provides a cozy and comfortable surface where you can stretch and get a jump on your fitness goals for the day. Look online for tutorials that can help you get started.
Go Au Naturale.
One of the most unnecessary time suckers, if you’re a woman, is hair and makeup. If time is a concern, there’s no reason to spend 15 minutes or more in front of the mirror. That’s almost two hours each week you could devote to more important self-care practices, such as sleeping or spending time with your family. You can also shave your morning prep routine in half by prioritizing skincare instead of skin cover. A great face lotion and a quick swab of mascara may be all you need to look fresh-faced and ready to go. These 10 tips from The Vegan RD can help you stay healthy without eating up your time.
If you really want to get the most out of your health, you have to make your health a priority. Whether it’s your fitness routine or the food on your plate, everything you do matters. Invest in yourself and make changes to your schedule that will allow you to thrive instead of just survive.