With the start of a new decade fast approaching, maybe it’s time that we all started taking better care of ourselves. As parents, employees, siblings and friends, it’s not always easy to ensure that we’re putting our mental and physical health first or investing in our own personal development and happiness. It’s great to have responsibilities, but surely looking after ourselves should be one of those responsibilities? With this in mind, I’ve come up with 4 ways to take better care of yourself in 2020. Enjoy!
GET SOME CULTURE IN YOUR LIFE
When was the last time you indulged yourself in the arts? From improving your observation skills to being able to communicate better, broaden your mind and simply entertain yourself, exploring and indulging in the arts is fun, inspirational and a great way to invest in your own personal development. Head to your local museum or art gallery and view pieces from a local artist or really push the boat out and experience something new like an opera – planning your summer holiday around a trip to the Vienna opera house perhaps? – or head to an open mic night and enjoy some live music or comedy acts.
KEEP A JOURNAL
Giving yourself time to reflect on the day’s events and even having somewhere to jot down your inner thoughts, ideas and frustrations can be extremely beneficial. The world of journaling is a personal one, with many writers considering journaling as a therapeutic activity. From dreams and hopes for the future, to writing down everything you’re grateful for, even what you’re hoping to achieve the next day or diminishing your worries by simply writing them down, keeping a journal is good for your mind and your goals!
UNPLUG AND RECONNECT
They’re the first thing we look at when we wake up and the last thing we check before we go to sleep. It’s true that our smart devices play a big part in modern life, however too much screen time can certainly prove detrimental to your mental health and even have a negative impact on your relationships. Whether you get sucked into your work emails before you’ve left the house or you’re failing to connect with those around you because you’re too distracted by the latest Instagram post of an old acquaintance. Try to spend less time on your phone and reconnect with those around you.
GET MORE SLEEP!
The simplest of our needs can often be the hardest one to achieve. Very few of us get enough sleep, whether it’s the kids keeping us up or the inability to just switch off. A lack of sleep leaves us irritable, tired and unable to give 100% to anything! In addition, a continuous lack of sleep can actually have a dangerous impact on our health and mental wellbeing. Try to come up with a simple night-time routine, optimise your bedroom for sleep and try to sleep and wake at consistent times.
Make 2020 the year that you listen to your body and your mind and look after yourself. How are you planning on looking after yourself in the new year? What would you add to this list? Please let me know in the comments below 🙂
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