Essential Self Care Strategies for Optimal Health
Before you can achieve optimal health, you need to know what that looks and feels like. If you’re reading this, chances are you are not at your best, but there is no better time to start improving things than right now. Make a 4-8 week commitment to discovering your best self for the future.
Some things are more essential than others when it comes to self-care, but unless you look after your body, everything else will run at sub-optimal levels. Physical activity strengthens the body-mind connection improving the way you think, feel, and perform in your everyday life.
There is a strategy for physical health to suit every personality type and lifestyle, so there are no excuses. If you feel as though you don’t have time for physical activity in your life, try micro workouts that allow you to train in small amounts of time each day. Apps have handy workouts.
Don’t underestimate the importance of communities for your well-being; these can support and sustain your overall health even when you are introverted or housebound for some reason. Studies show that connecting with like-minded communities is an important aspect of health.
Nowadays, more people are working from home than ever before; the good news is that digital infrastructure has improved in tandem with the digital shift. If you can’t get out of the house to socialize, it’s quite easy to join a community online to build new friendships and relationships.
Naturally, mental health is a central component of self-care that requires special attention no matter how healthy or resilient you think you are. Mental health can take knocks in unexpected places leading to stress and unhappiness. And mental health has many important components.
One component of mental health that often goes under the radar is hearing health. Older people with hearing issues might experience a loss of brain function due to the auditory connections in the brain. Hearing issues can also impact social well-being, so visit an audiologist regularly.
Emotional self-care is another key component of overall well-being. Unless you have some healthy ways to acknowledge and express your emotions – especially difficult emotions – you are likely to encounter mental health issues that become more difficult to resolve on your own.
Emotions can be acknowledged and processed internally, leading it a healthier mindset and world outlook, but sometimes we need the perspectives and feedback of others to test our interpretations and judgments. Consider community groups, friends, and therapists for this.
Ask most people, and they will tell you they operate at sub-optimal levels. Life can be busy with family and careers, and it can be challenging to look after our wellness even with the best of intentions. However, it’s incredibly important to find effective ways to care for ourselves daily.
If you feel as though life has become overwhelming, it could be time to refocus on some of the core practices that sustain your well-being the most. What practice contributes most to strengthening the body-mind connection and creating emotional resilience for your lifestyle?
4 thoughts on “Essential Self Care Strategies for Optimal Health”
I agree with you connecting with like-minded does help a lot. This is interesting and very true. Thank you for sharing!
Spending time with a diverse group of people is also interesting. Each experience gives us something special.
I am feeling invigorated after reading this article. I love the concept of the ‘social vitamin’ especially since most of my work is done from home.
That is so fabulous. Getting invigorated through reading is a very wonderful thing.