Simple Ways to Practice Self-Care Every Day

Have you taken time to practice self-care lately? Try some of these quick tips to feel your best and live a healthy life.

April 05, 2018 | HF Healthy Living Team

Self-care is important—for all ages—to improve overall health and well-being. It can mean a doctor’s request to monitor blood sugar levels or even just finding the right way to de-stress.

It has even been proven essential for the prevention and management of disease in several trials done by the Journal of the American Heart Association. These include hypertension, heart disease, stroke, and more. Caring for yourself can help you to better handle common stressors in life as well, such as career and relationship changes.

Self-care doesn’t have to be expensive—like a facial or membership in an elite gym. It can be simple, easy, and enjoyable. Find out some quick and simple ways to practice self-care for optimal health.

Take Time to Unwind

Take a moment or two to pause, step back, and relax from life’s stresses. Whether that means trying a quick meditation a few times a week or even getting in a few stretches, you’ll be doing good things for your body and mind. Stretching has been shown to not only increase flexibility, but to even lower cholesterol levels, decrease stress, and more.

Meditating is a great way to unwind and de-stress. A number of studies published by the National Institutes of Health prove that meditating for even just five minutes a day has been proven to be helpful for a number of conditions. These include, but aren’t limited to, high blood pressure, psychological disorders, pain in general, and even brain health. An NIH study found that meditation positively affects the amygdala, a part of the brain that handles emotions. You can also check out these exercises for staying balanced with less stress.

Try a New Recipe

Expand your eating habits and try a new dish to nourish your body. Learn a new recipe and master it to help improve your mood and confidence in the kitchen.

Plus, it can even help you eat less and stay fuller longer. A Johns Hopkins University study has shown that those who cook meals at home consume less sugar, fewer calories, and less carbs than those who eat out. There is a better chance you will feel fuller longer if you cook healthy meals because you will be consuming whole foods meant to fill you up. Processed foods don’t fill us up for as long, as they are considered “empty calories.”

Try to cook even simple meals at home more often for an improved mood and overall health. Change up your dinner with a delicious salmon mango dish, this curry and coconut recipe, or find another easy, healthy recipe here.

Get Creative

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Art therapy can be very calming for many people. Whether you enjoy writing, coloring, drawing, or even rearranging your apartment, there is no limit to being creative. You can even try to get back to something you might have enjoyed at a younger age.

There have been many positive outcomes for those who use a form of creative expression for an overall sense of improved health, according to several studies done by the National Institutes of Health.

Get the Right Support

The company you keep can affect your emotional and physical health. For example, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that there is a strong connection between social ties and obesity. The study found that factors such as learned behavior and a perception change around weight might help explain the obesity epidemic.

Try to surround yourself with positive people who strive to improve their health. This can be helpful in getting motivation from a friend to go to the gym, for example.

The right support is different for everyone. If you think you might need some help around nutrition, try to see a nutritionist or a health coach. If you have a specific health issue, it might be helpful to find a specialist in that area. Make sure to see your doctor annually to check for vitamin deficiencies, monitor your blood pressure, check your numbers, and more.

 

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This health information or program is for educational purposes only and not intended to treat, diagnose, or act as a substitute for medical advice from your provider. Consult your healthcare provider and always follow your healthcare provider’s instructions.

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“Self‐Care for the Prevention and Management of Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke,” Journal of the American Heart Association. August 31, 2017.
http://jaha.ahajournals.org/content/6/9/e006997

“Meditation: In Depth,” National Institutes of Health. September 7, 2017.
https://nccih.nih.gov/health/meditation/overview.htm

“Social Support and Self-Care Activities,” National Institutes of Health. April 30, 2015.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4567891/

“Social Support and Self-Care Behaviors,” National Institutes of Health. February 2014.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23850389

“The Spread of Obesity in a Large Social Network over 32 Years,” New England Journal of Medicine. July 26, 2007.
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsa066082

“Study Suggests Home Cooking is a Main Ingredient in Healthier Diet,” Johns Hopkins University. November 17, 2014.
https://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/johns-hopkins-center-for-a-livable-future/news-room/News-Releases/2014/Study-Suggests-Home-Cooking-Main-Ingredient-in-Healthier-Diet.html

“The Connection Between Art and Public Health,” February 2010.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2804629/

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