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If you’ve been feeling exhausted, stressed, drained, or overworked, it’s time to stop what you’re doing and focus on yourself — immediately! Proper self-care includes taking care of both your physical and mental health, and it’s crucial to a happy and healthy life. As you take better care of yourself, you’ll see how doing so positively influences every aspect of your life, from work to play to your relationships. Here are several ways you can take better care of yourself this year:

If you’ve been feeling exhausted, stressed, drained, or overworked, it’s time to stop what you’re doing and focus on yourself — immediately! Proper self care includes taking care of both your physical and mental health, and it’s crucial to a happy and healthy life. As you take better care of yourself, you’ll see how doing so positively influences every aspect of your life, from work to play to your relationships. Here are several ways you can take better care of yourself this year:

Get More Sleep

Getting enough sleep should always be one of your top priorities. Watching one more episode of your favorite TV show or browsing Instagram for an hour before bed seriously cuts into your sleep schedule. Depending on how much you need as a person, aim for seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Additionally, aim to wake up and fall asleep around the same time every day, even on the weekends.

Make Time to Travel

Traveling, whether solo or with friends, has been proven to make us happier. So this year, it’s time to stop making excuses and start saving up for one of your dream destinations. Always wanted to visit New York City? Make it happen! There you’ll unlock a world of excitement in the form of some of the world’s best museums, food, culture, and more. And don’t forget to take plenty of photos!

Take Tech Breaks

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At work and in our free time, we’re constantly surrounded by technology. We’re ever-connected to our phones, computers, television, social media, emails, spreadsheets, and so much more. The first and last thing that many people do every day is check their email, social accounts, or the news. If you’ve been feeling more drained lately — and feeling like technology controls your life — it’s time to break that habit. If you like to be hyper-organized, come up with a tech break schedule. This might include banning TV on certain nights or your phone after a certain hour of the day.

Exercise Regularly

Don’t worry if you have a hard time establishing an exercise routine. It can take a while to make a habit stick. In the meantime, simply try to lead a more active lifestyle. Walk more, play a sport with friends, go for a hike, try out some new outdoor activities, look up exercise videos on YouTube, or get your girlfriends together regularly to go dancing. You’re sure to find something that you’ll enjoy. The important thing is that you’re sitting less and moving more.

Spend on What You Love

This doesn’t mean that you should frequently treat yourself to expensive gifts. It’s pretty straightforward: Simply spend money on what makes you happy, and don’t spend on what makes you unhappy. This might take some work to truly figure it all out. For example, you might enjoy the taste of junk food, but does eating it all the time actually make you happy? Ditto for shopping sprees where you buy clothes that sit untouched in your closet. But if spending more on fresh produce, traveling, a nice dinner out, a manicure, or a daily latte is what truly makes your day, go for it.

Say No More

Is your family or office constantly asking you to do this or that? If you’re always saying yes to others, you might notice that you’re feeling drained and stressed all of the time, and never have any time to take care of yourself. If you’re a people pleaser, it can be hard to say no to others, especially if they know that making you feel a little guilty will get you to help them out. That’s where you must learn to say no more. Practice being more assertive so that you don’t succumb to peer pressure. Your wellbeing will thank you.

Everyone takes care of themselves differently. The important thing is to discover how best to take care of yourself, and what you need to live a healthy and happy life. If you make the effort to treat yourself right, you’ll reap the benefits.

 

 

Featured Image: Photo by Alisa Anton on Unsplash