July 24 is International Self-Care Day—an opportunity to raise awareness about self-care and the important role it plays in leading a healthy lifestyle. The date chosen for International Self-Care Day (24/7) is a reminder that self-care is important to lifelong health, and its benefits are experienced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Mental wellbeing includes areas such as life satisfaction, optimism, self-esteem, feeling in control, having a purpose in life, and a sense of belonging and support. Taking time for self-care builds confidence, relieves stress, and lays a foundation for wellness.
Try to incorporate the following into your routine:
And even combine a few to really maximize time!
Take time for yourself! Spend it on a hike, with your pet, and at-home spa day, or curled up with a good book. Take a break!
Take time to connect with the people who matter to you, however possible. Spending time with people who you love and trust can reduce stress and improve your mood.
While most adults are recommended six to eight hours of sleep each night, everyone is different. Check-in with yourself to see if you need more sleep and stick to a schedule.
Spend time surrounding yourself with greenery and nature.
Exercise has proven physical and mental benefits: it can help you get stronger, reduce your risk of heart disease, and help to manage depression and anxiety.
Spending time with your pet can increase levels of feel-good hormones like serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin which is beneficial for your mental wellness by decreasing stress and mitigating symptoms of anxiety.
Live in the moment. Meditation is all about paying attention to the present moment. Making meditation a regular habit is beneficial for managing stress!
Healthy Eating Time
Getting enough fruits and vegetables can be a great first step to jump-start your mental wellness. If you’re looking to dive in even further, look to incorporate specific mood-boosting foods into your diet. Foods like leafy greens and citrus are packed with vitamin B, a proven mood-booster. It also helps to stick to a schedule when possible.
Getting creative has greater mental wellness benefits than admiring others’ work. Whether your art is painting, expressive writing, photography, or knitting, it can help you understand, acknowledge and regulate your emotions. Absolutely no artistic ability necessary.