Self-care is something that has been, rightfully, increasingly highlighted in recent times as something that people should prioritize and keep in their minds at all times. It’s an important message to remember, but repetition of the phrase ‘self-care’ can dilute what it actually means, which can lead some people to simply boiling it down to something that doesn’t cover enough bases. The truth is that there are several ways in which you should regularly look after yourself, and it’s important to remember what all of these are and to take them on board in the day-to-day.
For starters, there are two main different ways that you can look after yourself – physically and mentally. While the term ‘self-care’ usually refers to mental health and how you should be able to do the things that help you feel relaxed and comfortable without fear of judgment or guilt, it’s also important that you maintain good physical health – as the two are often joined at the hip and affect each other in many ways. In any case, it’s good to know what you can do to add to your healthy living agenda.
Staying Vigilant but Rational
If you have fresh medical concerns that you have yet to get checked out, then it’s quite easy for these concerns to spiral out of control in your own head. What might start as a simple observation can quickly escalate into a storm of anxiety and stress as you convince yourself the worst-case-scenario is true, perhaps due to a quick search of your symptoms.
While it’s good to remain rational about such matters, it’s also important to get yourself checked out if you’re concerned. For example, this link can help you find diagnosis and uterine fibroids treatment in NYC; otherwise a doctor appointment could be your best avenue for a check-up.
Make Sure to Go Outside
You might find that your mental health is negatively affected by the fact that you’re spending a lot of time inside. This is something that has been even more prominent recently, how much time people spend inside due to the pandemic, either of their own accord or due to how they’re working from home or under lockdown restrictions.
While initially you might not see the harm in this shift, it’s important that you recognize the multiple health benefits of spending a good amount of time outdoors and in green spaces and ensure you spend ample time mixing up your environment.
While many of these health benefits are mental health benefits, such as increasing your vitamin D intake and potentially reducing your levels of stress and anxiety, they can also veer into physical health benefits as well.
For example, something as simple as going for a walk outside can not only provide you with the benefits of going outside but also provide you with a good opportunity for exercise in the form of a walk. If you’re looking to introduce more exercise to your schedule, walking is a great way to do so without starting off on too strenuous a note.
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