Managing self-care and prioritising yourself

Self-care

Managing self-care and prioritising yourself

Believe it or not, we’re all human beings here at Coster Content. Well, except George who’s a dog. And as humans (and dogs) we enjoy kicking back after work and making the most of our weekends. But sometimes we forget about that balance. Courtney’s here to remind us why self-care is so important...

As 2019 progresses, mental health is becoming a more open and talked about subject in society. Approximately 1 in 4 UK people experiencing mental health problems every year. As the taboo is shifting, it’s important to talk about looking after ourselves and focusing on our needs during these times. This is something I take very seriously as I find it nearly impossible to be my best self if I don’t focus on self-care.

Water, water, and more water!

The usual recommendation for daily water intake is to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. It seems like an easy task, but as our busy schedules get ahead of us, it’s easy to forget.

The more hydrated you are, the more energy you have. You’re also flushing out any toxins you have in your body, as well as boosting skin health, improving physical performance, and regulating body temperature.

Just say no

This is something a lot of us find difficult, especially me. Letting people down isn’t fun when you’re a people pleaser but remember, it’s okay to say no if you’re not feeling your best self and need a break.

If you don’t look after yourself, you can’t positively impact the people around you. That money you don’t want to spend, that night out you don’t fancy going on, that gym session you’re not feeling - believe it or not, it’s okay to say no. Forcing yourself to go to an activity for someone else does nothing for yourself.

Spend time alone and treat yourself, doing what YOU need to do. We often spend so much time trying to help and please other people that we forget about ourselves.

Move for at least 30 minutes a day

Don’t worry, this is in no way suggesting you have to do a full, high-intensity workout every single day, but it’s important to move your body around. Whether that’s going for a walk, stretching in the morning, or doing yoga - this helps both your mental and physical health.

Working out and exercise is definitely important, but don’t feel the pressure to go to the gym or go for a run if you don’t have time. At-home exercises can be just as effective and easier to schedule.

Sit, eat, and enjoy

Food contains all kinds of proteins, nutrients, and goodness that can lift our mood and improve day-to-day life. It makes us happy and I think, a lot of the time, we forget to actually enjoy our meals. We’re in a rush, we’ve got somewhere to be, people to talk to, texts to reply to, or washing to do. It’s starting to become a rarity to sit down, relax, and enjoy our food with our loved ones.

After a busy and hectic day, it may be one of the only chances you get with yourself, your partner, or your kids. Take advantage of that, take a breath and enjoy good quality food, you’ve earned it.

In fact, you’ve earned everything. You’ve earned time to just do you. Don’t feel guilty for putting yourself above anyone else. Because, every now and then, we all need a bit of ‘me’ time.

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