7 little Self-care tips for lazy people to start today
So, your life isn’t really going as planned. You missed the bus this morning and got to work late, your lunch buddy canceled on you so you ended up eating a tiny sandwich from the deli alone, your boss keeps piling more and more work on you and your pants are starting to feel a little tight. To top it off, you think you see a zit beginning to develop on your forehead. Then you go to bed, wake up, and this series of events repeats itself (with a little variation, of course).
All you need to fix these problems is a little self-care. That’s where we come in – we’ve got a simple self-care guide that even the laziest of people will be able to follow. Read on to find out more!
Tip #1: Exercise
No one is stranger to the positive effects of exercise – lowering risk of diabetes, heart disease, etc., as well as improving mood by releasing endorphins – but while everyone is quick to tell you why you should exercise, you rarely get advice on how to actually begin exercising (and how to stick to it!).
Going to a gym may be daunting if you’re not very fit (especially if you’re shy too) as being surrounded by a bunch of muscle maniacs is rather intimidating. But you don’t have to go to a gym, you can work in exercise right into your busy schedule! Walk instead of taking the bus or a cab. Take the stairs instead of the lift. Take 15 minutes a day to do some squats or lunges right at home.
If you’re really serious about exercising and getting fit, it’s a good idea to invest in a stationary exercise bike at home. That way, you won’t have to go to the gym and you can still get a gym-quality workout!
Tip #2: Wash your face twice a day
You need a good skincare regimen to keep your skin looking fresh and healthy. While you may not have the time for a long routine that involves multiple pots of creams and ointments, you should definitely set aside 5-10 extra minutes every night to 1) remove all your makeup and 2) wash your face with a gentle cleanser to get rid of all the dirt and grime your skin has accumulated through the day. Be sure to wash your face in the morning too! Apply a facial moisturizer after each wash to replenish the moisture that was just stripped away.
If you’re more serious about skincare, try to exfoliate your facial skin and apply a soothing face mask 1-2 times a week. Your skin will then glow with health and vitality!
Tip #3: Sleep
Your brain and body need sleep to recover from the long day you just had. You should aim to get at least 6 hours of sleep a night, but 8 hours is the ideal amount. Try going to bed 10 minutes earlier each night.
It’s perfectly alright if you can’t fall asleep the second your head hits the pillow. Simply lying there with your eyes closed will help your brain and body rest too.
Tip #4: Meditate
Reduce your stress and anxiety by meditating at least once a day. All you need to do is find a quiet spot with minimal stimulation (no loud noises or bright lights), close your eyes, and let your mind go blank. It helps if you can play soothing music too.
You don’t have to meditate for a long time – 5 minutes a day is enough.
Tip #5: Eat more fruits and veggies!
What you eat doesn’t just affect your health, it also affects your mood. If you eat healthy, you’ll feel good, both physically and mentally.
Fruits and veggies are loaded with vitamins and minerals that will boost your body and mind, so try to incorporate them into your diet. The next time you feel a craving for candy, munch on an apple or a carrot instead.
Tip #6: Get some sun
Spend 10-15 minutes out in the sun each day to soak up that vitamin D. You should aim to be out in the sunlight before 10 AM, as this is when the sun’s rays are the most beneficial. Read a book in the park or go for a walk – you’ll feel much healthier and happier afterward.
Tip #7: Rest up
Sleep isn’t enough rest; you need to take short breaks from work (and life) during the day too! Otherwise, you run the risk of getting overwhelmed with all the work you have in front of you. Every 45 minutes or so, step outside for some fresh air or watch a funny video on YouTube – basically, take a short breather. Then, get back to your work. You’ll find that your productivity and efficiency will be much higher.
We understand it’s difficult to start following all 7 tips at once, so pick the easiest one and work your way through the rest of the list at your own pace.