9 Top Self-Care Strategies You Can Use Every Day

Ask the average person if they take care of themself, and they’ll usually respond, “yes, of course, I do.” Ask that same person if they regularly engage in self-care practices, though, and they may look at you a little bit funny. The truth is, the vast majority of Americans have little idea what self-care is (mostly due to a lack of education about the subject). 

More than the daily activities that you do to get through your life (eating, working, breathing, etc.), self-care practices promote your health, help you prevent chronic diseases, and, if necessary, help you cope with an illness you may be suffering from. Self-care is also about your daily habits, like brushing and flossing your teeth, as well as the types (and amounts) of food you put in your body.

In today’s article, we’ll give you a guided tour of self-care, why it’s important, its benefits, and how you can use it to stay healthy and fit. Believe us, there’s more to self-care than meets the eye and, if done well, more excellent, life-enhancing results that you might imagine. So grab a green tea, sit up straight in your fave chair and give your brain some much-needed self-care by reading the excellent info we have for you about it below! Enjoy!

What, Exactly, Is Self-Care?

The scope of self-care is, in a word, vast. It’s best described as any activity that promotes your health, prevents disease, helps you recuperate after an illness or injury, and helps you to self-medicate if necessary. Self-care also involves seeking out a medical specialist when necessary and rehabilitating correctly after an accident. 

The scope of self-care is quite broad. It encompasses activities like your lifestyle (exercise, sporting activities, leisure, alcohol consumption, etc.), for example. It also encompasses your personal and general hygiene (brushing and flossing, showering, etc.). Most importantly, it also encompasses your nutrition, including all of the food and liquids you consume. 

Self-care is anything that you deliberately do that actively promotes your health and well-being, mentally, physically, and even spiritually. Self-care is what you do to take care of yourself every day and stay sane in a sometimes crazy, topsy-turvy world. It’s the things you do to feed not only your belly but your soul and your spirit. And, today more than ever, it’s vitally important to your health and well-being.

Why Is Self Care Important? 

There are two main reasons why self-care is vitally important, especially in today’s highly stressful world. The first is that if you want to be successful, happy, and have meaningful relationships, you need to first take care of yourself. None of those things will be possible if you are, for example, sick, depressed, or otherwise incapacitated, health-wise. 

The second reason to engage in self-care is, for some, even more important. It’s because if you take excellent care of yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually, it’s much easier to take care of others. For example, if you have a depressed friend who needs help, but you’re also depressed, you can’t help them at all. But, if you’re doing well, feeling good and happy because of your self-care routines, you may be able to help them quite a bit. (Or at least give them reasonable, actionable advice.)

In other words, self-care helps you be the best you can be and also empowers you to help others be the best they can be. It makes you a better spouse, a better parent, and a better boss. It can keep you from getting sick or help you heal faster if you’ve been sick. And, if someone you love is suffering, you’ll be able to help them more because you’ve been taking care of yourself and have the energy, stamina, and wellness to do it.

Top Self-Care Strategies You can Use Starting Today.

You can use dozens of different self-care strategies in your everyday life to help you stay physically, mentally, and spiritually fit. Most of them are easy to implement, don’t take a lot of time, and cost absolutely nothing (so nothing is stopping you from using them).

1) Take Care of Your Basic Needs

The best place to start self-care is to ensure that all of your basic needs are being met. The fact is, there’s no way to be the best version of yourself if your mind, body, and soul aren’t healthy and well. Millions of people would benefit from using this single self-care strategy, so make sure you take care of these needs before you move on to anything else:

2) Nutrition

Eating a balanced, healthy diet is essential to living a long, healthy, and low-stress life. That means lots of veggies and fruits, low amounts of sugar, fat, salt, and as much water as you can pour down your pie hole. It also means kicking junk food straight to the curb (except for the occasional treat).

3) Sleep

Very few things in this life are as important to your overall health and wellness than sleep. When you sleep, your body recuperates, recharges, and heals, giving you the energy to face the next day fit as a fiddle. Deep, restful sleep benefits your brain and cognitive abilities, allows you to recuperate after an illness, and, if you exercise regularly, helps you get back to the gym faster.

4) Exercise and Movement

The average person today is extremely sedentary, which means that they don’t move around as much as they need to. In fact, millions of people sit all day long every day. Because of this, exercise and movement are even more important than ever. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to prevent injuries and illnesses, especially for your heart and lungs. It’s also an excellent way to prevent stiffness, pain, and arthritis.

5) Learn a Healthy Way To Vent Anger and Frustration

Yes, many experts talk about keeping a “positive mindset.” That’s all good and well but, the truth is, there will be times in your life when you will be angry or frustrated. At these times, you need to find (and use) a healthy method to vent your anger and frustration. That may be a hobby like building a Lego set or an exercise like running or dancing. It may also mean putting on some boxing gloves and beating the hell out of a heavy bag. The point is that you find something that helps you vent that anger and frustration, get past it, and let your body return to a state of calm.

6) Cut Down On The Daily News

Today the news is more negative, frustrating, and maddening than ever. The fact is, though, there’s very little you can do to change it. And, unless it’s directly affecting you, there’s very little reason to watch or read about it. In many cases, all it does is stress you out even more (and might make you angry or depressed). So, rather than a daily dose of negativity and stress, ignore the news completely. (Take a news fast!)

7) Create a Morning Routine and Use It Daily

The routine you follow in the morning, more than anything else, sets the tone for the day to come. That’s why, rather than getting up late and rushing out the door like a cat with its tail on fire, you should slow down and take care of yourself first. Take a longer shower than normal. Sip some green tea while you watch the sunrise. Read a chapter from your favorite book. Anything you can do to set the tone to “positive” for the day. The best thing about a solid morning routine is that, no matter what happens to you during the day, you’ve already gotten some valuable ‘you time’.

8) Cut Down On Screen Time

OK, one more time for those who haven’t been listening for the last few years; get off your phones for a little bit and enjoy the world. Walk away from your laptop and put your tablet to the side. There’s a big, wide world out there that you’re missing and, likely, lots of people that would make for scintillating conversation partners. If you have children, they would probably enjoy playing a game or engaging in some other activity with you. (Unless they’re surly teenagers.) Go for a walk without your phone and enjoy the nature around you! It’s more important to your mental health and well-being than you might realize.

9) Really, Truly Do Nothing

Today there’s a negative connotation on people who do nothing as if there’s something wrong with it. Everyone wants to stay so busy these days, even if that means keeping your brain occupied with a book or educational TV show. True relaxation, however, is incredibly important to your well-being and entails doing absolutely nothing. For example, laying on a blanket in the grass and watching clouds fly by. Or maybe sitting on the back porch and listening to the birds and bees.

A Few More Self-Care Strategies

We’ve run out of room in today’s blog, but we wanted to include a few more self-care strategies that are worth noting. All of these can easily be implemented into your daily or at least weekly routine, including:

  • Getting a full body massage and/or taking a spa day 
  • Making sure your budget and finances are in order. (The stress relief from this can be enormous!)
  • Trusting your intuition and going with your “gut feeling.”
  • Practicing self-reflection. This could be meditation or writing down your feelings and experiences in a journal.
  • Letting yourself occasionally say “no” and putting yourself, and your time, ahead of others. (It is not selfish.)
  • Getting some “alone time” regularly. And, when you do, do something that relaxes or energizes you.
  • Give yourself a break from social media.

And there you go! You could easily implement several of these self-care strategies starting today and start getting the benefits from them in the next few days. Best of luck with all of the strategies that we’ve talked about today and putting together your own self-care routine!

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