Nearly everyone talks about needing to spend more time on self-care. However, the hustle and bustle of busy days tend to interfere. You may begin wondering if you have enough hours to show yourself a little TLC.
Fortunately, you don’t need a ton of time to nurture your body and spirit. You can establish positive daily habits that support your health and well-being and replace outdated practices. The best way to show self-love is by taking care of your essential needs, then showing your soul support.
1. Make a New Friend
Did you know that strong social ties can boost your immune function and help you live a more fulfilling life? Sadly, when many people develop home and family responsibilities, they neglect outside relationships. This abandonment can result in loneliness.
To make more friends, try joining a meetup group online or take a class at a local community college. You can also sign up for recreational sports leagues at many parks and rec facilities. Volunteering offers yet another pathway for meeting others who share your interests.
2. See Your Doctor
You know you need to see your doctor each year, but if you’re one of the millions of Americans without health insurance, you might skip your visit. However, there are significant reasons to get screened, even if you lack coverage. You can become withdrawn and isolate yourself socially, for example, if you don’t hear well.
Make sure to get annual screenings to ensure all the different parts of your body are functioning correctly and being properly cared for. Additionally, you could save yourself considerable money by catching minor health woes before they escalate.
3. Try Healthy New Recipes
Do you resolve to lose a few extra pounds every year? Eating a healthier diet can substantially improve your overall health, but consuming all those salads gets old after a while. Learn how to cook healthy meals that don’t leave you wishing you’d called for takeout.
4. Hit up a Challenging Fitness Class
Do you live to play air drums during your commute? Make 2020 fabulous by taking a Pound class and sweating it up to your favorite jams. Maybe you thought you could never master a backbend. Give aerial yoga a try and see if losing the fear of falling doesn’t help you stretch more effectively!
5. Adopt a New Hobby
What’s on your bucket list? If you’ve always wanted to learn how to knit a hat, make 2020 the year you accomplish that goal. Perhaps you’ve dreamed of relocating abroad. Why not sign up for a language learning app to master the tongue before you embark?
6. Get Outside More Often
Did you know that getting outside more often can make you feel more creative and inspire you? It can also destroy depression. Spending time in the great outdoors benefits your total health in many ways. Instead of collapsing in front of the TV after dinner, try taking a 10-minute walk and watch your mood improve.
7. Drink More Water
You know you need to do it — make 2020 the year you start using your reusable water bottle. If you find the taste boring, try adding some cucumber or melon slices to give it a burst of flavor. You also absorb some of the vitamins that dissolve in the water.
8. Practice Meditation
You know that your heart needs exercise to stay healthy — but what about your brain? Give your neurons and spirit a workout by practicing mindfulness meditation. All you need is a place where you can sit quietly and focus on your breathing for a few minutes. When your attention starts to wander, gently redirect it to the rise and fall of your chest.
9. Create a Bedroom Oasis
Do you ease seamlessly into slumber, or do you toss and turn for hours each night? If it’s the latter, your sleeping environment could be to blame. The blue light from electronic devices mimics the rays of the sun and can interfere with melatonin, a vital sleep hormone.
Create a charging station and plug in your devices outside of the bedroom at least 30 minutes before bedtime. Get rid of the TV, and start a new ritual of reading quietly for a few minutes or sipping tea while chatting with your partner before retiring.
Make 2020 Spectacular
You can rock 2020 with a few simple self-care tips. When you look and feel your best, there’s no limit to what you can accomplish.