When your career is dedicated to improving the health of others, it can be easy to forget about your own. However, to ensure you provide the highest quality of care for your patients or residents, it is important that you focus on yourself first. If you love and take care of yourself on a regular basis, you will feel so much better both mentally and physically, allowing you to be the best version of yourself!
Here are 4 easy ways that you can practice self-care:
1. Practice meditation
We can do so many things to give our physical bodies a break, but what about our minds? Research shows that just 10-15 minutes of meditation per day can help reduce anxiety, improve sleep, lower blood pressure, improve focus, enhance self-awareness and the list goes on. Another bonus is that meditation can be done at anytime and from anywhere. (I mean, unless you’re driving— I wouldn’t recommend that!) You can find hundreds of free videos on YouTube that will help you get started on your meditation journey!
2. Spoil yourself
All day, you are busy being AMAZING, caring for others, including their families. But who’s going to take care of you? Well, the answer is simple—YOU will. Throughout the week, be sure to make time for the things that you enjoy doing. Take a hike, read a book, visit a friend or bake a cake! (If you do this last one, I will leave you my address so you can send me a slice). Enjoy doing whatever makes your soul HAPPY because YOU deserve it!
We are constantly glued to our mobile devices, missing out on all the beautiful and exciting things happening around us. Try putting your phone away for 1-2 hours per day. Go outside, feel the sun on your skin (or depending on where you live, possibly the frigid air). Nevertheless, embrace the beauty of nature! Enjoy the small moments of complete silence away from social media. Give this a try and I promise, you will not regret it!
4. Start the day off with a positive statement
If you wake up on a positive note, it will set the intention for your whole day. You will become more aware of your daily thoughts and words, reducing the risk of letting negativity seep in. And really, who likes a Negative Nancy? A few examples of positive statements that you can use are: I am full of energy, I know I can achieve my goals, I am healthy and vibrant or, today is going to be a great day! Let that positivity flow and people around you will benefit as well. Like they say, positivity is contagious!
There you have it! Four tips to help improve YOUR self-care. What are some of the ways you take care of yourself? Leave a comment below!