It’s quite common for most of us to forget that living a positive and content life isn’t only about taking care of others and being good to them. It also involves showing the same love and care for yourself. Nurturing a positive self-image and taking more time for yourself and your self-care is always a great idea because YOU deserve great things.
Start with the Basics
Have you ever heard of “securing your oxygen mask before helping others”? Well, that doesn’t not only apply when you’re on a flight. It’s just as important in your daily life. It’s crucial to meet your own basic needs and communicate to your subconscious that you are a valuable person. Make sure you’re getting proper sleep, food, and medications before you think of assisting others.
Do the Things You Love
Don’t do something only because everyone else is doing it or because you’re expected to do it. Chances are you won’t stay committed to it for long. A critical aspect of self-care is doing the things you enjoy doing. Find the things you’d love to do at the end of your day. It can be yoga or dance class, reading a book, meditating, listening to music, or even going shopping. Do whatever makes you happy and rejuvenated after a long day. Create a daily routine that works for you.
Learn How to Say No
Do you ever feel compelled to say ‘yes’ to somebody’s demand because saying no would have made you feel like a bad person? We all have been there, particularly when it comes to work and friends. While practicing self-care, break the pattern and learn ways to say no and save your sanity and energy. Or at least take some time to think before saying yes.
Take a Break
No matter how much you love your job and work hard to climb the career ladder, it’s essential to take a break occasionally for your well being. Plan a trip out of town and have some quality time taking care of yourself. Also, unplug from social media and interact with people you love. It will also allow you to spend more time living in the present and being mindful of your surroundings. Time spent outside letting the sunshine and fresh air in is excellent for improving mental and physical health.
Don’t be a Perfectionist
Perfectionists are known to be their own enemies because the higher level of performance comes with a cost. If you’re perfect in one area of life, you’re more likely to experience stress in all the other areas. When you allow the world to take the wind out of your sails, you end up being mentally and emotionally exhausted. Your inner voice might be telling you to work harder, but you may still feel like your efforts are not good enough. The way to replenish your energy and live a better life is to allow yourself the freedom of letting go of perfection. Be flexible and give yourself the space to let things get messy.