In the past self-care has been labelled as selfish or self-centred, this couldn’t be further from the truth! Self-care is basic human need. From the day-to-day, such as taking a shower to the more lavish, such as treating yourself to a new purchase.
It’s International self-care awareness week in November. The aim of the game is to improve support and self-care across communities, families and generations.
It’s undeniable that globally it's been a rough few years and that’s not taking into consideration your everyday life, your work and more. Ask yourself, when was the last time you really took a break? Vytaliving has some handy tips that you could try to take better care of yourself.
Vytaliving Tips for Selfcare
Below you will find some tips to take care of your no.1 - you! We have covered, emotional, mental, physical, social and financial well-being. End 2022 with a bang, and make 2023 the best year of self care and self-growth yet:
Emotional and Mental Wellbeing
- Look for a trustworthy therapist you feel comfortable with
- Take time to work out what’s causing your stress
- Speak to your employer if you need more support at work
- Practice mindfulness
- Reach out to your GP to speak about options to support your mental wellbeing
- Take time to work out what makes you feel good – exercise, cooking, shopping, reading, socialising etc
- Look into supplements for your mental wellbeing, such as our Calm & Sleepazze Tablets.
- Exercise stimulates happy hormones, whether that’s a full-blown CrossFit circuit or simply a walk around the park. If you’re looking for an easy way to stay fit from home all you have to do is check out our fitness range
- Avoid unnecessary stress and learn how to say no
- Prioritise a healthy sleep routine
- Book for a full body MOT at your GP or healthcare practitioners
- Take time to reach your daily step goal
- Book a skin/mole check to make sure you are skin safe
- Seek the support of NHS nutrition guidance such a change for life or the Eatwell guide for advice surrounding personal nutrition
- Speak to wellbeing professionals such as a personal trainer regarding exercise or a Nutritionist regarding your diet.
- Work your annual supplement routine, immune supplements for the winter, multivitamins all year around etc.
- Ensure you attend all your screening appointments whether that’s a smear test, mammogram, prostate examination or medication check up.
- Test from home. There are a number of brilliant at home test kits for cholesterol, iron, vitamin D and liver function, shop the Vytaliving range here
Vytaliving has a fantastic and free ‘Ask a Nutritionist Service’ where you ask anything related to diet, nutrition and lifestyle factors to our qualified Nutritionist. Just follow the link here
- Arrange a get together with your close friends
- See family that you haven’t seen in a while
- Send that text that you’ve been meaning to send and keep forgetting
- Join a club with like-minded people
- Stay for after-work drinks, even if it's just one
- Know when your mind is ready for personal alone time, and when you’re ready to socialise
- Learn to set boundaries on socialising
Financial wellbeing is one area often forgotten about when it comes to wellbeing but plays a large factor in overall stress which in turn can have a large effect on overall wellbeing. Here are some tips for better financial wellbeing
- Conduct a full review of your spending, what you can afford, and what is frivolous spending
- Ask for help from your bank on better financial health
- Speak to a financial advisor about savings accounts and investments
- Set a budget on spending money for the month
- If you have debt set yourself a goal to have this paid off by
NHS Self-care tips
According to the NHS, here are some tips to maintain wellbeing during Self Care Awareness week
- Try taking vitamin D supplement
- Focus on good nutrition and regular exercise to support general wellbeing and maximize immunity
- Try adopting positive lifestyle choices when it comes to physical, social and emotional factors related to wellbeing
- Increase health literacy levels in the community and in schools
- Support mental wellness by staying connected, ensuring a sense of perspective, and taking further steps to maintain health
- Understand how to manage acute and long-term health conditions
- Learn how to look after your own health by utilising available NHS services.
- Book a regular screening for common diseases
- Learn the importance of rest, time off and vacations
NHS Resource- https://www.selfcareforum.org/events/self-care-week-resources/
Self Care- The practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own wellbeing and happiness.