Whether you’ve ever had other people tell you that you need to take better care of yourself or not, you might recognize the validity of this statement. With the buffet of tasks you must complete on a daily basis, doing so might seem impossible. However, taking better care of yourself does not need to pose a major challenge. Instead, you can implement seven simple solutions to being a happier and healthier person.
1. Have a regular sleep schedule.
If you struggle to sleep, you likely know how frustrating the mornings are. You may fight to get through the day. As Harvard University notes, having a regular sleep schedule can seriously help you. To go to bed at the same time each night, consider setting an alarm about 30 minutes before so that you can begin your unwinding routine. Then, make sure to wake up at the same time each morning. Integrating these habits can take some time, especially if you currently have an erratic schedule. Consider making small changes that will then turn into big ones. For example, you can start by waking up a little earlier than you usually do.
2. Eat and drink well.
While letting yourself have a treat on occasion is not generally a problem, you must make sure that these special occasions aren’t happening every day. You’re probably thinking that it’s not so simple to suddenly just start eating right and getting in enough water, and you’re right. However, you don’t need to make massive changes all at once. Instead, try to increase the amount of water that you drink by one glass and work on cutting one potentially harmful product, such as soda or cake, out of your diet at a time.
3. Use sunscreen.
It’s possible that you lather up when you head to the beach or the pool in the summer but forget about this product the rest of the year. The sun is always there, and the sun is always powerful. To protect your skin from damaging rays that can lead to serious health problems such as skin cancer, you should choose a sunscreen that is right for your skin type and tone. If you suspect that you already have damage to your skin from years of abuse, you should seek the guidance of a dermatologist.
4. Have regular doctor’s appointments.
Going to your doctor doesn’t have to become a weekly or monthly event, but if you can’t even remember what the inside of the office looks like, it’s time to schedule an appointment. While you should speak with your doctor about how frequently you need to visit, usually going around once per year for a physical is standard. Making the first appointment after some time away can definitely feel scary. Once you’re back in the routine though, you will likely remember why taking this step is important.
5. Take a class.
When humans are young, they often have many opportunities to take classes, practice their talents and receive positive feedback. As the years go on, this routine often goes away. Enrolling in a class can help you to feel good about yourself, and many communities offer a wide range of classes. For example, you might opt to take a weekly painting class, or you may sign up for a one-time cooking seminar on how to make sushi. You could also take classes at the gym, which is a step that has many other benefits as noted by Time.
6. Build bonds with positive people.
The people who are around you can have a serious effect on your well-being. For example, you may have so-called friends who are always canceling plans or who never ask how you’re doing or acknowledge important events in your life. You should ask yourself why you continue to nurture these bonds when you’re receiving nothing in return. Instead of putting all of your attention into dying connections, focus on the people who do care about you.
7. Have a hobby.
In today’s world, so much energy is put on the end goal. In other words, you may feel as though you should not waste the time on any activities unless they have some sort of tangible benefits, such as money or a promotion at work. However, having activities that you love to do merely for the pleasure that they provide is so important. Pursuing a hobby is also an important reminder that your needs, passions and interests are important.
Taking care of yourself is pivotal no matter what anyone else says. Following these suggestions can help you to make yourself a priority.