6 tips for self-care

LEARN­ING TO LOOK AF­TER YOUR­SELF WILL HELP BOOST YOUR WELL­BE­ING

Cosmopolitan (Australia) - - Body -

Sleep

Ob­vi­ous, but be­ing sleep de­prived can se­ri­ously af­fect your mood. It’s im­por­tant to switch off and rest both your mind and body.

Re­lax, phys­i­cally and men­tally

Tak­ing a ‘Men­tal Health Day’ off work is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly com­mon, and there’s a rea­son. Tak­ing the day off to rec­ol­lect your thoughts is im­por­tant for de-stress­ing.

Con­nect

Not just via In­sta­gram – be as so­cial as you can. If it sounds daunt­ing to put your­self out there, it’s prob­a­bly a good in­di­ca­tion that you need face-to-face time with friends or fam­ily.

Do some­thing you love

Keep­ing your mind oc­cu­pied on some­thing that brings joy is a great way to prac­tise mind­ful­ness, which is per­fect for over­com­ing neg­a­tive think­ing.

Speak up, and ask for help

Reach­ing out for help is good first step. Talk­ing to a friend or pro­fes­sional about your thoughts can dif­fuse your anx­i­ety.

Get jog­ging

Ex­er­cis­ing has been proven to as­sist with blood pres­sure and helps man­age cor­ti­sol lev­els (which, when in­creased, can lead to de­pres­sion).

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