Trying to stay healthy can be a challenge you can make within yourself each and every day. Self checking did I workout? Did I eat right? Did I get enough sleep? Making yourself accountable for your own peace and sanity is what you need to do. Don’t wait for anyone to motivate you or nag you to take care of yourself. There are many self care tips you can use on yourself to put your mind at rest and really be mindful of your inner being.

1) Take time to meditate preferably in the early morning. Meditation reduces stress, controls anxiety, and promotes emotional health. Meditating also enhances self- awareness and allows you to reflect on your inner feelings. It’s been said that meditation may even reverse patterns in the brain that contribute to mind-wandering, worrying, and poor attention. Take time for yourself and quiet your mind.

2) Express gratitude for what you do have. Expressing gratitude improves physical health. Grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and report feeling healthier than other people, according to a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences. It’s very interesting in finding out gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression. According to the University of California at Davis, “The practice of gratitude can lower blood pressure, improve immune function and facilitate more efficient sleep.” Author Robert A. Emmons pointed out, “Gratitude blocks toxic emotions, such as envy, resentment, regret and depression, which can destroy our happiness.”

3) Take at least 30 minutes to exercise your body. Exercise boosts your energy and mental health. Exercise can help your body build bone and muscle strength. If you take time to lift weights everyday activities will be easier for you to do. Lifting weights may help when you lifting your groceries, holding your child, picking up boxes. In order to stay as strong and fit as possible take time to lift weights.

4) Plan your meals out for the day. Planning out your meals will leave you less time to splurge and ruin your diet. Planning your meals will provide you with healthier choices. Homemade meals are almost always more nutrient-dense and filled with fewer calories. Organize your menu for the week and watch your health and diet improve.

5) Get the necessary sleep. Sleep is vital and it enables your body to repair and be fit and ready for another day. Getting 7 hours asleep a night will help you prevent excess weight gain and heart disease. Remember sleep helps your body repair, regenerate, and recover. Respect your body and what it needs to function properly.

6) Drink water- Water we have all hear is so very important for your body. Medical experts recommend drinking at least half of your body weight in ounces of water per day. Drinking water can help you increase energy and relieves fatigue. Water can help promote weight loss, flushes out toxins, and improves skin complexion. Have I convinced you yet to drink your water.

7) Surround yourself with positive motivating people. When you surround yourself with positive people your more likely to adopt their contagious positive beliefs. Being around positive people you tend to have more energy, and feel motivated, inspired and less stressed. Research shows that when we are surrounded by positive people, we’re much more likely to achieve our goals, such as making that career move or losing weight.

8) Go outside in nature for at least 20 minutes. Being outside in nature can relieve stress. Studies have proven bloodstream levels of the stress hormone cortisol are lowered after time spent outside. Spending time outside can also reduce blood pressure, lower heart rate and improves your mood. Mental clarity and peace are also big reasons why being outside are important.

9) Lend a helping hand or a listening ear to someone who needs help. The fastest way to feel joy is by serving others. An old Chinese Proverb,” If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap, if you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.” Studies have shown that there are mental and physical health benefits to serving, like reducing depression, lowering blood pressure and lengthening your lifespan. Go out there and make the world a better place and help someone.

10) Organize your living space. Organization clears your mind. Who doesn’t want a more clear mind? Being organized saves you time and money. Now who doesn’t want to save money. An organized life can also give you flexibility. When you have all of your tasks organized you will be able to spare some extra time to do what you enjoy doing. Lastly, being an organized person increases your self-esteem. feeling accomplished and having everything in its place makes you feel like you have your life under control.

I hope you found these tips to be helpful on your quest to live your most healthy version of YOU.

All my best,

Tara