Looking after your body
One part of self-care is to look after yourself physically. Here are some ideas for keeping healthy.
Try not to expect too much too soon or try to do everything at once! You’re much more likely to achieve one small positive change and gradually build on it, rather than to try to maintain a lot of new changes at once.
Caffeine, cigarettes and alcohol
These can make us feel good immediately but make us feel worse over time. Try reducing them for a few weeks and see if this helps to improve how you feel.
Regular exercise has many benefits, such as enhancing sleep quality, boosting your mood, self-esteem and energy, and reducing depression.
You don't have to spend hours in the gym but can take small actions, like taking the stairs instead of the lift. Could you go for walk? Or take up a new activity, like bouldering or yoga?
By eating healthily, we give our bodies the fuel they need to fight off illness and function well throughout the day.
You can start small by trying to eat an extra portion of fruit or veg a day, or swap white bread for brown. Keeping a food diary can help you keep track of what you eat and motivate you to eat well.
Our body needs water. It's recommended that we drink between 6-8 glasses of water a day.
Try to keep a bottle with you at work or school and take a small drink regularly. If you don't like the taste, try adding a slice of lemon, grapefruit or cucumber.
Laughter is the best medicine! It relaxes the body, relieving tension, boosts the immune system and releases endorphins, which can help to relieve pain. Try watching your favourite comedy or YouTube video, or listen to a funny podcast.
Your body needs sleep to heal itself. To get a good night's sleep, try not looking at a screen for 45 minutes before bed. Instead try to relax by reading a book or taking a bath. If you’re having trouble sleeping, try listening to a bedtime story on a site like Calm, or you could try meditation.
Headspace is a free mobile app which teaches you meditation and mindfulness. There are some in-app purchases.