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Sleep and Exercise

Sleep and exercise are two of the most crucial yet often overlooked components of self-care. Not only do they contribute to physical health, but research also highlights their significant impact on mental well-being, particularly in reducing anxiety and depression levels. If you find yourself anxious/depressed coming from the winter blues, it is important to motivate yourself to get out and about.

A consistent sleep schedule is key to reaping the benefits of rest. Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day helps regulate your body’s internal clock, promoting better sleep quality. Aim for at least 8 hours of sleep each night to ensure you’re well-rested and ready to face the day ahead. A lack of sleep can affect so many things all the way from mentality, to energy, metabolisms, all the way to what you choose to eat. Research shows the less quality sleep you received, the worse that you eat!

Similarly, incorporating exercise into your routine can work wonders for your mental health. Whether it’s a brisk walk, a hike in nature, weightlifting, or engaging in any form of physical activity, regular exercise has been shown to lower depression and anxiety levels. It doesn’t have to be intense; the key is to move your body regularly. You only get one body, take care of it! It affects so many factors if left unchecked.

Examples of exercise include:

*Going for a walk or run
*Hiking in nature
*Lifting weights
*Engaging in any physical activity
*Doing housework
*Finding a hobby outside

The list is endless, and the important thing is to find activities that you enjoy and can easily incorporate into your lifestyle. By prioritizing sleep and exercise as part of your self-care routine, you’re not only taking care of your physical health but also nurturing your mental well-being