Living a balanced life is so important for your physical health and mental wellbeing. Learning how to relax and recharge not only lowers your stress levels, but it also improves your concentration and focuses while inspiring creativity and boosting productivity. Balancing your work life and personal life with your own self-care will help you manage life’s inevitable ups and downs with grace and dignity.
Guest post by Donna Maurer.
Unfortunately, many of us struggle to find the time for self-care on a daily basis. Sure, we make a point of getting away for the weekend or taking a vacation here and there, but what we really need to do is find small ways to unwind and establish a work-life balance each day.
It’s so easy to put off or ignore self-care when we’re busy, so we’ve put together a list of 10 healthy habits you can adopt to improve your mental wellbeing and boost your productivity in 2020. Best of all, they’re easy to fit into your daily life because they can all be accomplished in 90 minutes or less!
See an Acupuncturist
Seeing an acupuncturist is an amazing way to take care of your mental and physical health. According to experts at the Yinova Center, a clinic for acupuncture & Chinese medicine, acupuncture treatments can help you manage stress and anxiety, boost your immune system, and even relieve chronic pain and other health issues. An average acupuncture treatment takes less than an hour, so you might even be able to fit it in on your lunch break!
Do Some Yoga
Yoga is a wonderful way to relax and recharge your mind and body. The practice is all about teaching you how to balance your mind, body, and breathing– who wouldn’t want that? Whether you do 20 minutes of yoga in your living room or attend a 45-minute yoga class at your local health centre, yoga offers tremendous benefits for your health and mental wellbeing.
There’s no better way to refresh and recharge than an evening of self-pampering! Soak in a bubble bath, and then give yourself a facial or pedicure (or both!) while you sip a glass of wine or a cup of tea. Doesn’t that sound amazing?
Do Something Just for You
If you don’t already have a creative hobby, think about starting one. Crafting, colouring, painting, and writing are all wonderful ways to relax and recharge your brain. Or, maybe you enjoy gardening or horseback riding. Whatever it is that makes you happy, take the time to invest in yourself and do something that’s just for you.
Take a Power Nap
Long naps can leave you feeling lethargic and unmotivated, but a short power nap can do wonders for your mental wellbeing. Try setting your alarm for 15 or 20 minutes, close your eyes and just relax. You’ll wake up feeling alert and refreshed, ready to take on the rest of your day.
Walk or Run in the Sunshine and Fresh Air
Getting out in the sunshine and fresh air is one of the best ways to clear your mind and boost your mood. Much like a power nap, a short walk in nature can leave you feeling focused and energized. If running is more your style, go for it! Running is great for boosting your mood and improving your overall health.
Change Your Perspective
Whether you’re feeling burned out, overwhelmed, or simply bored, changing your perspective might be all you need to do to regain your focus. Take your laptop outdoors or work at the coffee shop for a while. Approach the problem in a different way. The point is to change your location, position, or even your activity for a while. Changing your perspective can be very inspiring!
Crank Up the Music
Do you love to rock out in your car on your way home from work? When you need a quick recharge, try cranking up the music and dance like no one’s watching! It’s a wonderful way to release tension and boost your mood… and it only takes a few minutes.
Meet Up with a Friend
Meeting up with a good friend for lunch or coffee is a great way to take a break. Enjoying the company of someone you’re close to will certainly improve your mental wellbeing, not to mention the rest of your day!
Visit an Art Gallery or Museum
Art galleries and museums are great distractions from everyday life and there are probably options right in your home town that you’ve never visited. Taking in the beauty of art will leave you feeling inspired and creative, both of which are great for productivity and mental wellbeing.
Creating a healthy balance between your work and personal life is crucial for your overall health and wellbeing. Adopting even one or two of these habits can make a huge difference in your ability to cope with stress and get things done. These easy self-care ideas are a great way to keep your mind focused and improve your productivity in 2020.