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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

How to Look After Yourself as a Busy Professional

Self-care can be one of
the first things to drop off the end of the ‘to-do’ list when we’re busy. It’s
really tempting to think it’s not necessary, and that we need to do other
things first.

Experts say self-care is
a must for mental health, so how do you find the time when you are a busy
professional?

Take Time to Exercise

A little exercise to
reduce stress will go a long way. Even a short morning stroll will boost your energy
and inspiration for the day ahead. Set your alarm a little earlier than normal
and hit the pavement. Save time by preparing the night before the exercise.

How? By choosing what
you will wear and keeping other necessary items, such as headphones, a snack
and a water bottle, where you can easily grab them. The idea is to get moving
as soon as your alarm rings without spending too much time preparing.

Keep Healthcare Appointments

Have an appointment to
see your doctor? Schedule it into your calendar and plan to keep the
appointment. Do not postpone it because you are busy.

Or perhaps you need to
see a doctor last minute, but you are too busy to wait around all day at a
doctor’s office waiting to be seen? In that case, invest in a private health
insurance plan so that in the future you can fast
track your doctor’s appointments
and see a specialist sooner, allowing you
to put your mind at ease without disrupting your working life too much.

As the wise saying goes,
prevention is better than cure.

Eat Right

There is so much
information on nutrition and
eating well
out there that it seems to be everywhere you look. A lot of the
time it can seem like eating healthy and nutritious meals requires a lot of
effort, which is why it seems a lot easier to get fast food when you’re busy –
saving time and energy for other things. But – not all foods are created equal.

Your food preferences
have a direct effect on your physical and mental health, so choosing your food
carefully is crucial. To know the right food to eat, you should talk to a
nutritionist and visit trusted sources of health information online, such as government
health websites.

Practice Meditation

Meditation is the
perfect way to get in touch with your instincts and listen to yourself. Many
achievers in the world credit meditation as an important practice in their
daily routine. Not only that, but it can have great
benefits for your brain and body

Try to set up an area
within your home (or even your office) where you can sit in peace and quiet and
really focus on your practice – even if it is only for a few minutes a day.

Squeeze in a Few Breaks into Your Schedule

Don’t forget to plan some
“me” time
into your day, so that you’re not going absolutely
nuts. Take a short walk, listen to some music in your car. Doing so can greatly
reduce your stress to remove yourself from the work environment for even 10 to
15 minutes.

Lastly, Ask for Help

However, busy you are,
whatever happens in your lives, we are important. If you need it, support is
always available. You have to put yourselves first sometimes and incorporating
any of these tiny suggestions of self-care in your day will help keep you in
tune.

Claire James
Claire Jameshttp://www.firedigitaluk.com
Claire is an accounts manager at Fire Digital UK, an online publishing and content marketing company based in the North West.

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