August is almost here, and it marks the beginning of National Wellness Month. It’s no secret that our modern lives are incredibly tough on our wellness and mental health. Especially in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s discuss your wellness and mental health.
Constantly eating junk food upsets our weight and tummy, not taking a break from work causes us to get burnt out, and zero time dedicated to hobbies and self-care makes us depressed and unhappy.
We need to dedicate time to our wellness and mental health. This helps us stay energetic, active, positive, and hopeful. De-stressing is incredibly important to be able to do all of this. Self-care isn’t selfish, so you shouldn’t feel guilty about taking breaks from work and spending some time on this.
We understand that it can be tough to figure out which self-care activity works for you. This is why we’ve compiled a list of great self-care ideas, both big and small, to improve your health and live your best life.
1. Include more fruits and veggies in your diet
You don’t have to cut out junk and cheesy food from your diet completely. Rather, eliminate some items to make space for fruits and vegetables. They’re fresh, healthy, and help you manage weight very well. They also make for great snacks, which, in turn, help you avoid fried food.
Include fruits like oranges, watermelon, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and more. Plus, you don’t even have to have them as whole fruits. Make a fruit salad or smoothie, and you’re good to go. For veggies, include green leafy vegetables as much as you can.
2. Declutter your space
Whether it’s your office desk, home office, or your entire house, cleaning the space around you is crucial for a positive state of mind. Make sure to declutter the space around you and keep it clean.
Decluttering doesn’t simply mean stuffing unwanted things in drawers and vacuuming the area. Identify every item you do not need anymore and get rid of it.
3. Go out for brunches (whether alone or with friends)
Spending late nights out can be very stressful on your body as well as your mental health. You wake up the next day late and tired. Rather, choose to go out for brunches and indulge in healthy dishes such as salads, smoothies, health bowls, chicken breasts, steamed veggies, and so on.
4. Drink water very regularly
You’ve probably heard this advice too often. Drinking water regularly might seem like an overblown self-care idea; however, it has more benefits to offer than you can imagine. It keeps you hydrated, helps regularize bowel movements, makes your skin glow, and prevents you from snacking unnecessarily.
Doing so also prevents low blood pressure and dehydration. As a rule of thumb, make sure to drink eight glasses of water in a day. Alternatively, if you do not have a glass, refill your water bottle hourly.
5. Indulge in the goodness of a cup of tea
Drinking a strong cup of coffee as soon as you wake up is quite enticing. However, it can cause you to stay very jittery all day long. Rather, choose to drink a good cup of tea with your breakfast or as part of your brunch and watch yourself feel more healthy and active. We highly recommend chamomile or green tea.
6. Take regular breaks
When you’re continuously sitting and working in your office, you tend to become unproductive and unfocused after a little while. We can only put in 100% concentration for so long, and we need regular breaks to stay active. After every hour of working, make sure to get up and take a quick stretch break.
7. Try yoga/meditation/deep breathing
We often don’t notice this, but in our modern lives, we do not take deeper breaths. This makes us very stressed and causes our entire body to tense. This is also a big reason for frequent headaches. To tackle this, try yoga, meditation, or deep breathing exercises for at least 20 minutes a day.
8. Learn how to sleep well
Sleeping well is crucial for your body to repair and refresh so that you wake the next day in an active state. Wear light and breathable cotton clothes to bed. Avoid heavy clothing that might cause you to sweat or become uncomfortable. If you live in a city where the weather is fairly pleasant, crack open a window and let fresh air in.
If not, keep the temperature of your room just a tad bit colder. Make sure that when you wake up in the morning, you can see the sunlight easily. Also, try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. This way, your internal body clock gets well-tuned to your sleep patterns and helps you get a good night’s rest.
Take care of yourself first and foremost
Before you can take care of anyone else, you must ensure to take care of yourself. Practicing self-care helps you stay active, happy, and fresh. This also boosts your productivity at work and helps you build better relationships with loved ones with a focus on wellness and mental health
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About the writer
Director of Creative Strategy
Greg is Quotacy’s Director of Creative Strategy. He has an eclectic past from working on movie scripts to creating ad campaigns for major brands. His love of creative solutions drove him to strategy, and he now uses his powers to help families protect their loved ones. Outside of work, Greg spends his time off the grid hunting, fishing, camping, biking, hiking, and walking his dogs.