Self-care is having a bit of a moment right now, and for good reason. In today's busy society it can be easy to put ourselves last as we focus on work, providing for our family and looking out for others. While all of these things are important, they should not come ahead of looking after yourself.Self-care means looking after your health and your needs. Below are a few self-care habits you should look to integrate into your routine.MoveWe all know by now how important exercise is, but how many of us are getting the recommended amount? If your job involves sitting for long periods, try setting an alarm once an hour to encourage you to get up and move for a few minutes. You could take a walk to get a coffee, do some yoga stretches at your desk, or even walk outside.Eat wellEat to nourish your body with the nutrients you need. This doesn’t mean giving up your favourite foods, it means eating more mindfully for your health and keeping treats in moderation.UnplugTime away from social media and electronic devices can do wonders for your stress levels. Try taking a break for an hour or two a day and see how you feel. Create a sleep routineGetting your sleeping habits down is a great way to cultivate self-care. If you are well rested you will have more energy to take on the day’s challenges and will feel better in yourself overall.Meditate/breathing exercisesThis could tie-in with your unplugging time. Try meditation, or simple breathing exercises. This encourages mindfulness and has been shown to reduce stress.Treat yourself What is your favourite thing to do? Whether it’s taking a long bubble bath, watching your favourite box-set or reading a good book, make time for it.Try complementary therapyComplementary therapies like reflexology, massage and Reiki aren’t just for when a problem arises. Having regular sessions can boost well-being, helping you become more aware of your body and mind’s needs. Reach outWe all need a little help sometimes. When this happens, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help. Sometimes just calling a friend to talk is all that’s needed to make you feel better about a situation. Celebrate the little winsAs well as recognising your bigger achievements, make sure you celebrate the little wins too. For example, if speaking in front of people makes you nervous and you speak up in a meeting - give yourself a pat on the back! Small wins add up to major changes over time. What self-care habits do you cultivate? Let us know in the comments below!
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Written by Katherine
Kat is a Content Producer for Memiah and writer for Therapy Directory and Happiful magazine.