For some folks, self-care means carving out time for yourself and enjoying adventures with friends. For others, it means staying home and enjoying low-key hobbies and self-pampering. If you’re an introvert aiming to improve your self-care routines, here are some significant ways you can do so without leaving your comfort zone.
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Eat Healthily (with a Few Indulgences)
Fueling your body with high-quality food is one way you can act on self-care. And there’s a reason that meal prep is so popular — because you can batch cook healthy meals that are simple to reheat and eat. Whatever your regular diet or meal plan, there are ways to change things up that don’t involve offbeat flavors or hard-to-find ingredients.
Oatmeal, for example, is a common ingredient that’s both shelf-stable and cheap to buy in bulk. It’s also highly nutritious, says Good Housekeeping, contributing antioxidants, dietary fiber, and cholesterol-reducing support to your diet. Plus, you can try exciting dishes like breakfast cookies and energy balls or even savory dishes like savory Spanish oatmeal bowls.
Rice is another staple for a healthy diet — and it’s also easy to use in batch cooking. If you plan to meal prep with rice, investing in a rice cooker might help. Fitter Living today notes that you can achieve a perfectly cooked pot of rice without any effort — and options like Instant Pots can cook a variety of other dishes in a snap, too. Either way, be sure to read reviews and check out all the specs before buying rice cooking equipment.
Of course, indulgences are also part of self-care, and everyone has cravings now and then. However, you need to learn to cut the junk from your diet. Choosing healthier sweet treats like fruit or protein-packed Greek yogurt can help, but you can also enjoy goodies like dark chocolate-covered almonds or nutrient-packed oatmeal cookies.
If you need to lose a couple pounds, limit how many sweet or salty snacks you eat and try using smaller plate sizes. Also, keep plenty of water on hand as drinking a lot of water can decrease your appetite.
Schedule Time for Non-Fitness Hobbies and Routines
Working out is an excellent hobby. And, as Psychology Today points out, science confirms that hobbies are beneficial for structuring your time, reducing stress, and even improving your performance at work. But especially for introverts, more contemplative hobbies may also be ideal for self-care. Choose hobbies you can do alone, and make ample time for them in your schedule. You owe it to yourself to spend time on self-care so you can be at your best so you can thrive at work and home.
You can also begin self-care routines that make you look and feel fantastic. If you’ve been neglecting your skincare routine lately, now’s the time to develop routines for both the morning and evening, as well as pick up some organic skincare products. You’d be surprised by how much of a difference this can make in how you feel about yourself.
Create a Fitness Routine You Can Stick With
Exercise is a crucial part of self-care for many people. Working out not only helps you get healthier and stronger, but it also releases endorphins that can boost your mood. Even when you’re feeling sluggish, getting your workout in will make you feel good.
Sticking with your routine starts with choosing a doable exercise that you can keep up with. Harvard Health recommends setting realistic goals that fit your schedule to ensure you can make your efforts into a healthy routine. Enjoying non-food rewards for your success can help keep you motivated, too — and they definitely qualify as self-care.
Keep Moving, Even When Your Workout Is Done
Taking a day off from exercising is often healthy and gives your body time to recover. Extended periods of inactivity can quickly change your muscle mass and body fat ratios. Even two weeks of inactivity can increase your risk of health conditions. While you shouldn’t worry about taking a day or two off, plan to get back into the swing of things sooner rather than later.
Find ways to stay active around the house, too. Even simple activities like cleaning, gardening, and walking up and down the stairs to put laundry away add more healthy activity to your day. Especially for introverts, it’s easy to get more movement in without leaving home.
From feeding your body to feeding your mind, there are plenty of ways to get healthier and pamper yourself. Self-care is a continuous journey, which means you’ll need to revisit your mental and physical health often. However, once you find the right ways to treat yourself, you’ll have no problem sticking with a routine.
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