When you’re healthy, your body will function like a well-oiled machine. Essentially, each component should serve and support the next so that you can live your happiest, most rewarding life. Unfortunately, persistent pain seems to be blocking you from feeling your best.
Don’t worry, though! This self-care plan can help ease physical discomfort without interfering with your schedule. Importantly, these are suggestions and may not relieve chronic conditions. However, they should provide some relief so you can get back to loving life.
All aspects of health are important, including both physical and mental. Unfortunately, your physical health may have gotten pushed back due to the compounding demands on your time. However, if you can add physical wellness to your self-care routine, then you can actually improve your productivity – and you’ll feel better doing it! Good physical health can also help you look better, recover faster, reduce your risk of injury, and more.
What’s more, physical activity can also improve sleep and mood, reduce stress, increase social opportunities, and distract from negative thought processes. As such, your physical health should be at the top of your priority list, which you can manage without having to compromise your other responsibilities.
Drinking water is an easy way to jump-start your metabolism and prime yourself for a great day. When you first wake up, drink an eight-ounce glass of cool (not cold) water so you’ll start your day hydrated and ready to go.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with tasks, especially when those tasks are many and unorganized. However, by taking only 15 minutes to schedule your day, you can easily map out your priorities, schedule pertinent tasks, and incorporate at least 30 minutes of exercise somewhere in between.
It’s easy to get excited about new healthy activities – it’s harder to stick with them until they become habit. Fortunately, signing up for classes through your local gym or recreational facility can help you stay motivated, adopt healthy hobbies, and make friends (and accountability partners). Plus, it gives you something to look forward to throughout the week that doesn’t involve work or domestic tasks.
Exercise doesn’t have to be monotonous. In fact, there are many fun hobbies you can try that are both fun and physically active. For example, you could learn how to dance or rock climb, or take up hiking or geocaching to help you see new places.
It’s hard to say no to our favorite foods, especially if those foods are right in front of us. Fortunately, you don’t have to give up snack time to feel better physically, you just need to incorporate healthier options into your snack-tivities. For example, you can replace your candy jar with a fruit bowl or drink water instead of soda with dinner. Remember: you don’t have to give up all the good things, just limit them or remove them from view.
Audiobooks are an excellent choice for those who want to enjoy a good story but still have tasks to complete. For example, you can listen to an audiobook while cleaning the house or enjoying an evening stroll. Bonus: audio books also help distract you from thinking about how much exercise (or chores) suck sometimes.
Don’t get us wrong: you definitely deserve TV time, especially when the new season of your favorite show premiers. However, you can still make the most out of your TV time just by moving while watching it. For example, you might do a set of crunches during the commercials or jog in place to get 30 minutes of daily exercise in.
Theory suggests that once someone is motivated enough, they will engage in the activity that requires the motivation. But that’s actually quite backwards. In fact, motivation actually proceeds action – when you accomplish something, you experience motivation to accomplish more. As such, if you can power through procrastination, you’ll actually be more motivated to exercise and engage in other healthy activities.
Unfortunately, sometimes it just isn’t that easy to move. If you suffer from persistent pain or discomfort, then consider adding CBD to your daily routine. Some suggest CBD may help lessen pain by interacting with the Endocannabinoid System. Though research is inconclusive, anecdotal reports suggest a positive correlation between cannabidiol and pain perception.