Many people are surprised to learn how much better they feel when they simply focus on themselves for a change. Unfortunately, we often get caught up in the idea that self-care is a selfish act. Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth, and the way that we take care of ourselves has a direct impact on how well we can care for those that rely on us the most.
Today, Keep The Fire Lit shares a few bits of tried-and-true advice on how to treat yourself well when you’re living with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
Because one of the main symptoms of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is fatigue, one of the best places to start your self-care efforts is to do things that revitalize and energize you. A few tips offered by Harvard Health include:
- Quit smoking
- Watch your sleep schedule
- Limit alcohol consumption
- Drink more water
Self-Care for Mental Wellness
Self-care offers more than just physical benefits. When you prioritize the state of your mental well-being, you’ll be in a better mental and emotional state to best care for yourself. The main sources of stress for adults are typically money and the job we have that makes the money. It’s a vicious cycle that requires your time and attention. Something you can do here is to change jobs if stress at the office gives you anxiety, insomnia, or simply makes it harder for you to focus on yourself.
Even if you love your job, you may need to look for ways to reorganize your spending and saving habits so that you aren’t constantly worried about paying your mortgage. One thing many people overlook is utilizing the equity in their home to pay off debt (or even to start a business). Refinancing allows you to do this, which can either help you lower your mortgage payment or cash in on your equity (or both).
Calming Your Nerves
In addition to changing your job or your financial habits, you can also practice emotional self-care by using herbs and other natural remedies. Lavender, lemon balm, and chamomile are all herbs that you can easily brew into a mind-calming tea. Prayer, meditation, and journaling can also help you reset your emotional self so that you can best turn your attention to the things within you that need healing.
Physical self-care runs the gamut of activities, from exercise to massages to keeping up with our healthcare appointments. For exercise, start with cardio activities, which can help improve your weight and your heart health. This could be something as simple as climbing stairs or jump roping. The Manual recommends starting with a light to moderate workout.
On the days when you simply don’t have the energy to work out, spend some time in the sun. Sunlight triggers your body’s natural vitamin D production. In addition to helping reduce the chances of getting certain types of cancer, vitamin D strengthens your immune system and can help lower your blood pressure.
Deepen Personal Connections
Spending quality time with friends and family has been shown to have numerous benefits for our mental and emotional well-being, making it an essential part of self-care. Sharing a meal together, like cooking a favorite family recipe or trying out a new dish, fosters a sense of connection and intimacy that can strengthen relationships and alleviate stress. Taking the time to prioritize these relationships can lead to a happier, healthier you.
While that might be easier said than done, the fact remains that if your current job isn’t giving you the satisfaction you need, you’re the only one who can change that situation. Luckily, there are plenty of job boards out there, not to mention resume tips and templates. That being said, your cover letter is often the first thing prospective employers see, so it’s worth taking some time to learn what a cover letter is in order to give yourself an advantage over the competition.
Find Your Balance Through Self-Care
Ultimately, self-care really is all about living well. And when you have any type of pre-existing health condition, taking care of yourself, both mentally and physically, can help you best manage your overall wellness battle. But as much as you have to take care of your body, don’t forget your mental and even financial wellness as well. Changing jobs, drinking tea to destress, and even looking for ways to save money, such as refinancing your home, can all help, but it’s up to you to take the first steps toward self-care control.