It’s important to show compassion for others, but how often do we treat ourselves with that same level of kindness? One of the best things that we can do for our minds and bodies is to take a break and remember that we are worth love.
For some people, adding self-care into a daily regimen can seem inconvenient, or even intimidating. Your first defence might be “I don’t have time for that,” or “I have too many other things to do.” But repeatedly putting the needs of others before our own can lead to a lack of “me time,” which can, in turn, create stress and prevent us from being our best selves.
1. Eat healthily and mindfully.
Too often we eat our meals while multitasking, thus denying ourselves the pure experience of a nourishing meal. Would you work on the computer when having dinner with a loved one? Treat yourself with that same level of respect, and allow yourself to indulge in a meal without any distractions.
2. Keep track of your accomplishments.
While there are great merits in a “to-do” list, we must also recognise the things we’ve done. At the end of the day, make a list (either mental or write it out) of the productive things you’ve done that day. Did you take your dog to a vet? Do the laundry? Came to Curves for a workout? No matter how small, you deserve a pat on the back
3. Gift your inner child.
What were some of your favorite things when you were little? Did you love pavement chalk, picking wildflowers, or eating marshmallows? Treat your inner child to a little present and allow the warm feelings to wash over you
4. Create a cosy space.
Does your bedroom look the way you want it to? If it doesn’t, maybe add some candles or fun throw pillows. By building a space that feels warm and inviting, you establish an inviting retreat for when you’re a bit tired.
5. Read a book.
Finding a book you love is a great way to feel happy. It feels wonderful to look forward to a good story, and the act of reading helps encourage a sense of peace.
6. Be selfish.
Do one thing today just because it makes you happy.
7. Create something.
Whether it’s a batch of brownies or a pastel drawing, getting artistic allows us to feel mindful and productive.
Do some simple stretches to get your blood moving.
Oxygenate by taking three deep breaths. Breathe into your abdomen, and let the air puff out your stomach and chest.
Make time for self-care. All of these self-care practices are great, and when you start to prioritize even one or two of your favourite ones on a regular basis, you’ll notice an immediate shift in your happiness, lowered stress levels, and day to day feelings of self-love and fulfilment.
One of the highest leverage ways to make sure that these new intentions turn into habits is to set up your environment for success and build reminders into your life to keep engaging in these self-care practices.
Put simply, pick your one/two/three favourite self-care practices and put them in your calendar – right now.
If your self-care practices are staring you in the face on a regular basis, it’ll be that much harder to ignore them from this point forwards.
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