Self-Care Awareness: How To Focus On Yourself
by DK Kara MD on Sep 30, 2021
We always hear people talk about self-care, but what does it look like and why is it important?
Below are some tips for self-care that can help your overall health and wellness routine:
Get Plenty of Sleep
Lack of good, quality sleep can affect your mood, appetites, ability to focus, and even immune system. Try these tips to get the recommended amount of sleep: Turning screens off 1 hour before bed (TV, phone, tablet, etc.), dim bedroom lights, playing soft music and stretching. These activities can help calm down the brain and your body and promote restful sleep patterns.
Take a Probiotic Daily
An imbalance of bacteria in the digestive system can have a huge impact on a person’s overall health and in the development of certain diseases. Probiotics can help to promote a healthy bacteria balance in the gut and are linked to many health benefits, including weight loss, digestive health, and immune function. When taking a probiotic, with a few exceptions, it is essential to combine it with prebiotics as well.
Make Yourself & Your Health a Priority
Prioritize your health above anything else. Reduce stress and you will do a lot better in other aspects of your life. Taking 5-10 minutes of quiet solitude without interference from the outside world can go a long way towards stress reduction. Also take a 30-minute brisk walk five times per week, it can go a long way towards making a difference.
I always say “a body at rest stays at rest, a body in motion stays in motion”. What I mean by this is that physical activity is a foundational pillar of our health. Not only does exercise, whether it’s going to the gym or a brief walk through the park, help reduce stress but it keeps our body and its various systems functioning properly.
Eat a Nutrient-Rich Diet
Let’s face it, we just weren’t built for the 21st century. Part of that is our “always on” lifestyle, but the other part is the food industry. Many of the foods that are available in conventional supermarkets are low in nutrients and often contain harmful additives or toxins. That’s why it is important to shop organic or locally-sourced to ensure that you are eating a nutrient-rich diet to fuel your body properly.
Drink Plenty of Water
Keeping your body hydrated is essential, and not just during those hot summer months. Water helps our body and its organs function properly when it comes to digestion, metabolism, and more. You can try to mix it up by adding lemon or cucumber to your water for additional health benefits.
References & Disclaimers
✝✝This noted statement is based on independent research and is not necessarily the opinion of the author