3 Tips for Making Your Home Serve Your Well-Being

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There are various roles that a home should serve, assuming everything is going well.

For one thing, your home should obviously be comfortable, and should help you to relax on your weekends or after a long day of work.

For another thing, your home should serve as a place where you can adequately and reasonably store your various belongings, without too much fuss.

Perhaps the most important function of the home, however – beyond keeping the rain from reaching your bed – is serving your overall sense of well-being and contentment.

Here are a few tips for making your home serve your well-being:

Invest in “ease of use” and accessibility features and tools

If you find that carrying out everyday tasks around your home is a lot more frustrating than you would like it to be – and that things seem to be “hard work” more often than not – this might be a good sign that it’s time to invest in some “ease-of-use” and “accessibility” features and tools, for your home.

These features might take the form of structural adaptations such as an ADA ramp, or they might take the form of smaller-scale things like a stable and convenient footstool for reaching the high shelves in your kitchen.

Whatever the particular situation, you should take steps to ensure that you can navigate your home with relative ease, and without putting yourself at risk, or straining yourself when carrying out everyday chores.

Keep the place as organised as possible – clutter and mess can significantly undermine your sense of well-being

If your home is a very chaotic and messy place, with a lot of clutter, and with things frequently being out of place, the overall effect is likely to be a significant undermining of your sense of well-being.

When your home environment is very messy and cluttered, it signals on a deep psychological level that you aren’t really in control of the place, and that everything is a bit haphazard, unpredictable, and distracting.

By contrast, if you’re able to give your home the “Marie Kondo treatment,” or something like it, and can do a good job of decluttering and organising it, you’ll likely find that you have far more mental space and energy, and a greater sense of calm, than you did before.

Make space for the hobbies and pastimes you want to engage in most, and make the unhealthy ones harder to access

It’s one thing to sit down and enjoy a film, or an episode of a TV show you enjoy, or to spend half an hour surfing the web.

But an issue with these sorts of activities is that they can very easily consume hours at a stretch, and are often explicitly designed to do this. For example, certain online streaming services automatically play the next episode in the series without you even having to get up off the sofa, largely so that you spend as much time as possible engaging with the service.

Your sense of well-being will probably not be in great shape if you feel that you waste a lot of your time each day.

So, make space in your home for the hobbies and pastimes you want to engage in the most – things like reading, or writing, exercising, or doing arts and crafts – and make the “unhealthy” ones harder to access. You could, for example, unplug your games console and pack it away in a cupboard when you’re not using it.

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These Daily Practices Support Your Wellbeing More Than You Think

We all know that achieving wellbeing is a massive challenge. The world is full of things that seek to bring us down and get in the way of lasting happiness.

But it turns out that you can fight back using some pretty simple daily techniques. If you find your mental health is suffering, check out these ideas:

Prioritize Sleep

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According to the Sleep Health Foundation, sleep is one of the most important things that people can do to support wellness. The more shut-eye you get, the more able you feel to take on the challenges of the day and overcome them.

Being Mindful

Being mindful is a common practice these days, but nobody seems to know precisely what it means.

Fundamentally, mindfulness is an act of self-surveillance. Whenever you engage in it, you’re trying to observe yourself from the outside and become aware of the way you’re thinking.

Mindfulness, for instance, is helpful if you’re the type of person who has a habit of ruminating over your fears. If you find yourself playing over events in your mind again and again, the practice helps you intervene. You can step in and break the cycle, thereby improving your mental health.

Invest In Others

The root of suffering for many people is unfulfilled desire. There are all of these things that you want in your life – money, love, power – but you feel perpetually distanced from them. No matter how much cash you have in the bank or how far you progress in your career, it doesn’t feel like enough. There’s always another mountain to climb.

Investing in others, however, helps to reorientate your psyche. Instead of focusing on what you can get, you help other people achieve their goals. This change in focus is powerful because it undermines unfulfilled desires. You stop thinking about what life can give you, and instead focus on what you can give it.

Speak With A Counselor

As Carmel Psych Associates telehealth services make abundantly clear, speaking with a professional counselor is still possible, even during a pandemic. Today, there are more opportunities than ever to connect with experts through the internet. And doing so daily sessions can have a profound effect on your mental state. These people provide an anchor that you can use to pull yourself out of a mental health crisis and feel better about your situation.

Work On Something Creative

Life shouldn’t just be about solving problems. We should all have something creative that we do that makes it worthwhile getting out of bed in the morning. We need something that inspires us and pushes us forward.

If you’re an artist, then perhaps this is your calling. Creating music, painting, or coming up with a new dance are all things that can inject a little meaning and passion into your existence. Many of the most troubled people in the world turned to art in their time of need as a way to express how they felt.

Once you put daily practices in place, you can enhance your mental health tremendously.

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3 Examples of What Self-Care May Look like at Home

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If you feel chronically stressed as a rule, and worn down, worried, and irritated by the various obstacles presented by everyday life – one of the best things you can do is to take an active interest in “self-care” as a remedy to that.

Under normal circumstances, there are all sorts of things that people will tend to do in the name of self-care – including, perhaps, booking a medical cosmetic appointment with a company such as Med Spa.

As of this writing, however, much of the world is still under quarantine due to the COVID-19 Pandemic – which means that “self-care” is something that essentially has to take place primarily at home.

Here are a few suggestions on what self-care may look like at home.

Getting enough sleep

Sleep seems like a passive and potentially even aimless use of time – which is, no doubt, a big part of the reason why so many people these days are apparently chronically sleep deprived, ranging from entrepreneurs who work late into the night, to people who simply want to catch up on their Netflix viewing after work.

When push comes to shove, though, sleep is actually one of the most crucially important things you could possibly do for your own general well-being and physical and mental health.

In his book, “Why We Sleep“, the sleep scientist Matthew Walker looks at the consequences of not getting enough rest – and those consequences are severe. Even just getting an hour or so less sleep than you need each night to really feel rested, can result in your blood sugar regulation being so badly affected that you’d be classed as prediabetic following a blood test. Sleep deprivation will also cause you to age prematurely, feel dramatically more stressed, and be far more susceptible to all sorts of terrible diseases.

Getting more sleep really is potentially the best self-care tip you could ever take to heart.

Finding opportunities every day to do things that help you to feel in touch with a higher purpose

If your everyday life is just a series of chores and routines that you don’t find particularly meaningful, you are likely to feel unfulfilled, and to have the nervous sneaking suspicion that you are wasting your potential somehow.

One of the best things you can do for your overall sense of well-being, and your quality of life as a whole, is to find opportunities every day to do things that help you to feel in touch with a higher purpose – however you construe that.

These activities don’t have to be large and dramatic – especially not at first. Consider looking into the field of “Positive Psychology” for tips on where to start.

Taking some time each day for a bit of laughter and conversation

Finding regular opportunities for conversation – that is, conversation that involves actually speaking to people with your own voice, rather than texting them – has been shown to have a tremendously positive effect in terms of reducing stress levels, and promoting a general sense of well-being.

In fact, there’s even evidence that regular social interaction is one of the key human requirements for health and well-being – even for the most introverted of people.

A bit of laughter, too, can work wonders in terms of melting away stress and helping you to step into a more carefree mode of living.

Find moments each day for a bit of laughter and conversation – even if that means just calling up a friend or relative for a few minutes of phone conversation, and watching a funny movie or show.

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Simple Tips For Self-Care Success

To really make self-care worthwhile, then you have to learn what things you can do to nurture yourself. There are going to be things that make you feel good mentally, emotionally, physically, or spiritually. And, even with the best of intentions, you might find that you have a bad day where you don’t manage your meditation, you don’t brush your hair – or you just binge watch a new Netflix series all day.

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So here are a few tips that might help you get yourself in to healthy self-care mode.

Unplug

Although you can spend time curating your Instagram feeds, twitter, and facebook to only have positive people and posts on it. Sometimes you should unplug altogether for a while. It is one of the hardest things for people to do too. We are so used to having our mobile phones or a computer that we are allowing ourselves to be bombarded with all kinds of news and opinions. And sometimes, for the sake of sanity, we need to put our mobile phones in a drawer and leave them for a while. Messages and emails will still be there when you come back to it.

Stock Up

Headaches, stomach aches, sleeplessness, and a lack of a multivitamin can really be annoying. So, if you have a habit of leaving things until you need them and then needing to head out to find soothing tea bags, hearing aid batteries, band aids, and sanitary protection. Then make an effort to stock up on a few packets of each item. It is a small thing, but it means when you need to take a painkiller and rest, you can do so without worrying, you don’t have the right things.

Multivitamin

Most of us are deficient in a range of things. While you can get a lot from your diet, we don’t all get the balance right every day. You might not be able to avoid catching a cold or getting a tummy bug – but if you do catch one, your body is in a better position to fight it off. Not only that but the energy you truly need every day, and all of the functions that your body performs will be well supported.

If you feel like you have a deficiency that needs more than a multivitamin, then head to your doctor and ask them to take some blood and explain how you’re feeling. Big deficiencies in b12, iron, vitamin D can have disastrous impacts when not taken care of at the earliest possible time.

Walk

When you have a lot to do each day, it can be easy to say that you don’t have time to take a 10-minute walk in the day. However, if you really look at your schedule, there are probably a number of places you can fit in a short walk. It might be during your work lunch break you head out and get some fresh air. It might be arriving at school pick up and parking a little bit further away and giving you room to walk.

Sleep

Start to pay attention to how refreshed you are feeling after you’ve been to sleep at night. If you are waking up and still feeling tired or not feeling rested, then there are things you can do. When we get high-quality rest, our bodies are better able to make sure that they are repairing and renewing. If you have a shoddy bedtime routine, are going to bed late all the time, then you are going to start living in a sleep deficit.

This will impact your daily life and your health too. So, look at starting a new bedtime routine that begins at least an hour before you want to go to sleep. Plan to have a hot shower or warm bath, put on some breathable pajamas, and switch off the TV for a while. A warm tea like chamomile is a great option.

The Calm app has a range of sleep stories that can help you gently drift off to sleep. Try to be strict about the routine and start it at the same time every day if you can.

Cook For Yourself

Think of a meal that you had while on holiday, or something that you have fond memories of, and recreate it in your own kitchen just for yourself. The memory of the meal, the tasty, and taking the time to create it can bring real comfort. And, feeding yourself well is a form of self-care.

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The Importance Of Taking Care Of Yourself As A Parent

As a parent, it can be too easy to put your own needs to one side and forget that you need to be looked after as well as your little ones. It’s important to realize that you are your best for them when you are taking care of yourself. Easier said than done, as it can be hard to break habits but you should try to make sure you put some level of your focus on you. Even if it means scheduling yourself some recuperation time or prioritizing a few elements of family life to benefit your health it’s vital you take some time to become the best you can be by looking after yourself to look after them.

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Have a look below at some of the forgotten areas of your life you should focus on as a parent to make sure you’re looked after too:

Schedule Your Own Healthcare

It’s extremely easy as a parent to be completely on top of all your kid’s appointments and then push yours to one side. However, you shouldn’t only be looking after them you should be on top of yours too. What would they do if you were out of action because you hadn’t got the right healthcare that you needed at the right time? So if you have a health check that you need to get to, an appointment with a personal injury lawyer that you’ve been putting off or a trip to the dentist that you should have attended months ago make sure you catch up and then keep up with these. You wouldn’t miss the appointments for your children’s health so why would you miss yours?

Sleep Should Be A Priority

Okay, so this might seem easier said than done with little ones running around. Especially if they are having naps, and all going to bed at different times because of age gaps. However, it should be a priority to try and get at least the minimum amount recommended for an adult, which is seven to eight hours a night by the way. Lack of sleep can have serious adverse effects on someone’s health so getting enough means you are setting yourself up to feel better when your kids are taking every last scrap of energy. Yes, it can be easier to get things done when they are fast asleep but it should never cut into your own sleeping pattern.

Stay Connected To You As A Person

It can be very easy as a parent to lose your identity and forget who you are as an individual person or even as a couple. Whether it’s the daily routine of carpooling, preparing meals, washing the clothes, cleaning, getting the kid’s backpacks ready and many others or cleaning and picking up the groceries you should try to allocate some time to do something that you enjoy that doesn’t necessarily relate to being a parent. By doing this you’re not only keeping connected to yourself, but you’re teaching your children that it’s important as well as healthy to have some time alone doing things that make you happy. They will soon see that it’s good for them to have their own individual activities as well as ones with the family to be happy and healthy.

These are three ways to keep healthy and focused as a parent, there are many more. Do you have any that you can share int he comments section below?

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Self Care: Little Ways To Look After Yourself

Lives seem to be getting busier and more hectic; it’s no secret that burning the candle at both ends, can lead to stress, fatigue, and an array of other mental and physical health conditions. Therefore, it’s crucial to a fulfilled and successful life, to strike a balance between all of those commitments you have. Fortunately, if you’re prepared to take a step back, and look at your current lifestyle; there are always ways you can improve things, and ensure that self care becomes part of your fresh routine. It’s not about giving-up anything you love doing; it’s just about ensuring that all you do is beneficial to your well-being and happiness, overall.

Acts of self-care are ways to check-in with yourself so that you can rest, recover, and assess how you’re doing. They can come in all sorts of ways, adn are often simple ways to ensure that you’ve made yourself a priority. Whether it’s a particular activity, learning to embrace saying certain things or doing things, or a set amount of time that you set aside each day to try a variety of things; you’ll never regret utilizing some time out to be calm and to take care of yourself and well-being. The following are some ideas, inspiration, and advice, for busy women who need to take better care of themselves, and don’t want to sacrifice what they find important to a happy life.

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Little Health Checks That Make A Big Difference

So many people avoid any sort of healthcare check-ups and appointments. However, ignoring those symptoms, or powering through with life when you’re not quite right, will lead to any health concerns becoming far worse than needed. Booking into see a healthcare professional, as soon as you feel that something isn’t right, is the most literal and effective way to implement your self care. You can reward yourself with a trip to your favorite cafe, or to see a movie afterwards (more ways to take care of yourself), so it doesn’t feel like any sort of ordeal; actually, you could make it a trip to look forward to.

Whether you need to get your throat checked, book in for some ear cleaning, or sort out that annoying wisdom tooth; book to see a reputable professional as soon as you can. You’ll only come away feeling proud of yourself, and with the right advice or treatment so that you’re a picture of great health again. Making sure that your as physically healthy as you can be, will have a positive impact on your mood and demeanor each day. Gaining that extra pep in your step will ensure that your mind is clear, and each morning feels like a fresh start so that you can make the most of each day ahead.

Learning To Say No To Others And Yes To Yourself

So much of what people do is out of a sense of duty, habit, or just because they feel like there’s not another option. However, when it comes to non-essential activities and events, that wear you out, or don’t give you a boost; it’s time to assess your response to them. You’re able to refuse plans that don’t excite you, and stay-in or do something different, that will make you feel much better. Swapping after-work drinks, to stay in and enjoy a book or bubble bath (or both), is far more likely to enrich your week, and ensure that you have plenty of energy left to do the things you really want to.

Stop feeling guilty about saying no to plans and people that make you feel run-down, tired, and drained. They simply aren’t worth it. It will take some time to change these habits, but, if you make a conscience effort to make the changes more regularly; they’ll just become a part of your habits and way of thinking. You can use that free time to enjoy whatever it is that allows you to switch-off, and let the stresses of life ebb away.

Enjoying The Simple Things More

Fresh air, nourishing food, and quality time with those who lift your spirits, are all excellent ways to invest in your self care. Therefore, make sure that you incorporate more of these simple pleasures (and life essentials) into your everyday routine. Take an extra five minutes to stand and look in the garden each morning as you drink your coffee, notice the little acts of kindness people are doing, and make the most of those simple things more. Each time you do, you’ll be giving your mood and mental health a much-needed boost, to help you get through that busy week.

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