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You might find it hard to prioritise your physical wellbeing. This is often a problem for people who have high demands placed on them at work or in their daily lives.
By investing in your physical self-care, you’ll have more energy to face life’s challenges and to support those around you when they need it.
How do you invest in your physical self-care? These activities can help:
Integrate physical activities into your everyday routine, such as going for a walk before or after school.
Use your sick leave when you’re not feeling well. Even if you’re just feeling run down, a day off will help you rest up and re-energise.
Commit to bringing a healthy lunch to work, or to replacing unhealthy snack foods with a healthy alternative, such as fruit or nuts. If you find it hard to make the change, start by committing to eat only healthy foods on one or two days a week, and then increase the number of days over time.
Find a physical hobby you enjoy. Join a weekly sports team, take a regular walk in your neighbourhood, spend more time gardening, or go for a weekly bushwalk. The more you enjoy an activity, the more likely you are to stick with it.
Practise good ‘sleep hygiene’, a pre-bed routine that winds you down and gets you ready to fall asleep at the same time every night.
It looks like you’ve already started using strategies for your physical self-care. This is a great first step in ensuring your physical wellbeing.
Investing in physical self-care activities can help you to build energy to face life’s challenges and support those around you when they need it.
Make sure you eat a healthy lunch and snacks at work every day. A meal plan is a great way to get you organised and to simplify the process.
Develop a pre-bed routine that reflects good ‘sleep hygiene’. Make sure you’re ready to sleep at the same time every night, and that you get plenty of rest.
Push yourself by attending regular classes for a type of exercise you might never have done before, such as yoga or boxing.
Get an overall health check with your GP, and don’t forget your regular visits for optical and dental check-ups.
Congratulations! You’re doing a great job of looking after yourself and your physical wellbeing. It sounds like you understand the importance of physical self-care and of taking time for yourself.
To push yourself even further, consider some of the following activities:
Prepare or bake healthy snacks to share at home or with colleagues at work, to encourage them to eat healthily, too.
Set up a group with friends or colleagues to promote physical activity, such as a workplace soccer team.
Volunteer to help out with school sports teams, sports carnivals and other events.
Stop using devices at least two hours before you sleep, as part of your good ‘sleep hygiene’.