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Five realistic self-care tips for a healthy mind

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Do you ever forget to take care of yourself?

When life gets busy, it can be difficult to find the time to look after yourself but self-care is essential in helping you stay at the top of your mental and physical well-being.

The following ideas are self-care activities you can fit into a short amount of time, usually with little cost.

  1. Go for a walk

One of the best ways to relieve the stresses of the day is to simply walk them away. Walking triggers the release of endorphins, which work to relieve stress hormones and stimulate relaxation.

  1. Read a book

Take some time to unwind with a good book – reading is a wonderful (and healthy) way to escape the stress of daily life. Reading for just six minutes can be enough to reduce stress levels by 68%, according to new research.

  1. Take a digital detox

Technology has invaded our lives to the extent that we are constantly plugged in. Many of us can no longer focus on a simple task without reaching for our phones. Choose a weekend and try to unplug from technology – no phone, computer, laptop etc. Or if that seems too difficult, try setting aside 30 minutes for technology breaks. Temporarily disengaging from emails, social media, and the internet is a wonderful way to recharge.

  1. Take a nap

Taking an afternoon nap can reduce the amount of stress hormones present in the body so you’ll wake up refreshed and rejuvenated. Research has indicated that a daily nap of between 20 and 90 minutes before 4:00 pm will also increase your mental performance.

  1. Listen to music

Listening to music can have a relaxing effect on our minds and bodies, it lowers blood pressure, reduces muscle tension and decreases the levels of stress hormones. A slower tempo can help to clear your mind, making you feel soothed while releasing the stress of the day.

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