Check yourself out, inside and out

Check yourself out, inside and out

Often we’re so busy worrying about others that we forget to regularly check in with ourselves. Whether you’re a busy parent, active worker (or even both!) so much of our day can be taken up with our family commitments, job requirements and the never ending round of bills, housework and errands to run.

Taking the time to check yourself inside and out can be a positive life strategy to ensure that you’re always firing on all cylinders and don’t get run down. Take 5 to 10 minutes out of your week to consider the following things and enjoy the benefits!

“Inside”

Let’s have a look at 3 ways you can easily “check in” with how you’re doing on the inside.

Feelings

How are you feeling today? Take some time out to think about what’s bothering you and what you feel grateful for. Put relaxation time in your diary and search out quiet activities. Plan to spend “you time”. Try to achieve a better work-life balance.

Goal setting

Make a time in your week to look at your personal and professional goals – how are they tracking? It’s never too late to achieve something that you desire, whether it’s an overseas holiday or starting a new course. Need some ideas? Explore some new careers here.

Any toxic situations?

Do you have any toxic friends in your life, overly demanding family members or bad habits that you could give up? Make a list of these and slowly work out a strategy to rid yourself of things that are no longer suiting you.

 

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“Outside”

Now, let’s have a look at how you’re tracking on the outside, how your body is feeling – after all, it is your temple!

Sleep health

How well are you sleeping? Over 6 million Australians suffer from disorders of sleep and wakefulness and of those, 60% have a chronic disorder! Make sure you plan on getting to bed at roughly the same time each night and avoid over stimulation at the end of the day.

Healthy weight

Keeping within a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) is one of the best ways to ensure that you feel your best. Have a look at the National Heart Foundation’s BMI calculator to see how you’re tracking. Make small improvements one step at a time and be gentle with yourself until you reach your goal.

Glowing skin, hair and nails

Looking at these parts of your body can be a sure way to check out your inner health. Is your skin sallow, your hair lacklustre and are your nails brittle? Make sure you eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, drink ginger tea and incorporate healthy fats such as avocado and grilled salmon into your diet.

Take time out for yourself – you’re worth it!

Remember the book Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert? The author has said, “We don’t realise that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.” Give your inner and outer self a moment of thought every week and let yourself truly shine!

AUTHOR BIO: Yvette Maurice

Yvette is Content Strategist at Open Colleges Careers. She specialises in content creation, SEO and Australian media. She is passionate about helping people to identify their perfect career and move towards their personal and professional goals.

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