The definition of self-care is different for everyone. It is typically classified as working out, eating right, getting enough sleep, drinking water, etc. All super important, but self-care can also mean not doing something. Maybe you skip the club after a long work week to rest and recover, choose to not pick up a phone call from someone that irritates you, maybe you even call in sick to work because you’re burnt out and need a day to refuel. Self-care means listening to your body and giving it what it needs.
Find something consistent that you can do each day to bring yourself joy and relaxation. It is most important in the morning to set your day off with the right energy, something small and doable no matter how hectic the day gets.
- Take a moment to think of three things you’re grateful for
- Write down some thoughts and intentions for the day ahead
- Drink a tall glass of water first thing in the morning
Different days may call for different types of self care. Sometimes you might need to burn off anxiety at the gym, other days you may need to sleep for 10 hours. The most important part of self-care is being consistent and receptive to what your body and mind need in the moment.
We all have things we would like to do if we did not have daily obligations. We make excuses for why we cannot do them: you’re too tired, too broke or have more important things to do. Instead of making these excuses, write these down as goals that you want to incorporate into your life. No matter what it is, challenge yourself to doing it one day of the month. Then after three months do it once every two weeks, then every week. Small steps make a difference. Doing something you have been putting off just one time opens your mind to the possibility that you can do it more consistently. The only limits we have in our lives are self-imposed.
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