1. View relaxation as investment
Changing your relationship with downtime is first and foremost an inner job. It involves shifting your mindset to let go of guilt and value long-term sustainability instead.
2. Make sleep part of your self-care routine.
What do you do to make sleep part of your routine? Start by thinking about your nightly routine. Are you eating or drinking immediately before bed? If so, it’s especially important to stay away from caffeine and sugar, which tend to keep you awake.
3. Take care of yourself by taking care of your gut.
Your gut health can have a significant impact on your health, well-being, and feelings of vitality. The types of foods you eat crucially impact the bacteria that live in your stomach, resulting in a cascade of either positive or negative outcomes. Healing your gut can lead to a happy person, and vice-versa.
4. Take a self-care trip.
Taking a self-care trip can make a huge difference in your life. Even if you’re not feeling particularly stressed, getting away for a weekend every now and then can help you disconnect, unwind and be rejuvenated. These self-care trips don’t have to be costly; simply drive to the next town over and see the sights, or go camping nearby. The goal is to veer away from your normal schedule and take the time to do something just for yourself.
While these may seem foreign to you, just remember it’s an investment to your well being and that you deserve some peace in your life.