Finding time to invest in self-care can be challenging with the way our schedules have become so crowded. Especially when you live an extra busy life.
When your days are spent bouncing between work, family, and social commitments, there can be little time left to catch your breath let alone take time to care for your physical, mental, and emotional health. If you are struggling with your own self-care, consider these nine tips to improve your self-care habits.
9 Tips for Better Self Care
Establish a morning routine
Start your day right in order to ensure your mental and physical health is being maintained. One beneficial way to do this is by establishing a morning routine. Start with a healthy breakfast, daily exercise, or meditation.
Figure out what works for you, then implement it daily. Over time this will become a habit, assisting you in taking some well-needed time for self-care every day.
Schedule time off
It can be easy to find yourself in a cycle of continuous activity, moving from one activity to the next until it seems you are just going through the motions.
Make sure you don’t get lost in the chaos by scheduling some time off. It might be an afternoon away from your normal routine, or something more extravagant like a weekend away or vacation. Whatever you choose, taking a break will allow you to relax and rejuvenate.
Get enough sleep
It can be easy to prioritize other commitments, but the importance of getting enough sleep should not be underrated. Good quality sleep should be made a top priority. It allows your body to heal and re-energize, helping you to perform in all areas of your life.
It can also be hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle without proper sleep. We tend to make bad diet choices and avoid exercise when we are sleep deprived. Sleep is critical for physical and mental health, which is why it should be made a priority regardless of how busy you are.
Set realistic goals about self-care
Manage your mental health by setting realistic goals. There’s no point committing to something that is unachievable or will put so much pressure on you that you feel like a failure.
Spend some time considering your aspirations and make goals that are challenging, but still reachable. You also need to set realistic goals when it comes to your self-care commitments. Add things to your routine that will work long term with your lifestyle.
Add self-care to your normal routine
When planning your weekly schedule, be sure to make time for self-care. Anchoring its place in your routine means that you will be more likely to commit to self-care. The more often you practice self-care, the more it will become a habit and part of your regular life.
Do what suits you
Self-care looks different for everyone. Some people enjoy getting outdoors, others like catching up with friends and some people prefer sitting at home losing themselves in a good book or movie.
Identify what makes you feel better and commit to that. Don’t feel pressured by what others consider self-care; long walks aren’t for everyone. Do what works for you.
Practice gratitude for better self-care
Engaging in a regular gratitude practice is valuable to your well-being. Gratitude lifts us up. It takes the focus off of the negative and places it on the positive.
Take some time each day or week to write down three things that you are grateful for.
Try to think of unique things that have happened for that week, rather than repeating the same common things each time. It may be difficult at first, but the more you practice gratitude the easier it becomes.
Regular participation in gratitude exercises trains your brain to be more thankful and positive about the things you have in your life, rather than focusing on the things you don’t have or things that aren’t going so well.
Be brave and try something new
Trying something new is a great way to break the monotony of everyday life. The benefits include improving your mental health, learning new skills, and opening yourself up to new opportunities. It’s a great way to take care of your mental, and depending on the activity, physical health.
Detox from social media
Social media can be a great way to keep in touch with people, but it can also lead to resentment through comparison. If you are feeling overwhelmed or finding yourself in a rut, take a break from social media to become more present and refocus on the real world.
Social media tends to build on negativity at times, especially when things are so crazy in the world. Avoiding social media for periods of time can stop you from absorbing that negativity and allow you to see things in a more positive way.
Final Thoughts on Self-Care
With limited hours in the day, it can be nearly impossible to make time for self-care. These tips should help you incorporate self-care into your schedule so that you can live life to the fullest.
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