We often put self care on the back burner when other things come up such as work deadlines, family events, and everyday tasks and to-dos. However, we often don’t notice the consequences of ignoring our own self care. Luckily, it’s easier than it sounds to repair and to focus on growing a habit of positive self care.
The effects of negative self care can grow slowly over time until there’s a big problem. Perhaps we have put aside socializing to focus on work or family. Maybe we haven’t eaten healthily in a long time, or exercised regularly for months. When we don’t take care of ourselves, sooner or later we won’t be able to take care of others either. The effects of these actions grows over time to a situation that’s hard to repair!
But not to worry! There are small things you can do throughout your day to help you stay focused on self care. Taking care of yourself isn’t a one-time deal. It’s a habit of keeping in mind what your needs are as they come up throughout the day and responding to them.
The best way to determine when you should engage in self care is to keep in mind how you feel throughout the day. If you find that at some times you feel any kind of unpleasant time, you can take an action of self care right there.
Also, there may be certain times of day when being overwhelmed is more likely to happen than others. For instance, you may be overtired when getting home from work. You can plan ahead and take an action ahead of time to avert it, such as going to bed earlier the night before. Here are some examples of things you can do to take care of yourself.
Self care activities can lead to higher self esteem. It’s no surprise that self care and mental health go hand in hand. Taking care of your mind and body can help you feel more comfortable and present to experience the gifts that life has to offer. Activities like meditating, eating healthy, and doing acts of generosity can help build higher self esteem.
People with high self esteem often take good care of themselves, because self esteem and self care are closely linked. Taking care of yourself feels good, so it grows self esteem.
When you take care of yourself, you not only lower stress, but you also become a better caregiver. Other things that lower stress include getting a massage, getting your nails done, or exercising.
You can also improve the amount of stress you’re experiencing in your life by planning for a better work life balance. Try meditating for a few minutes throughout your day. If you’re having trouble, use an accountability buddy to help you get it done. Also, having a good teacher can help point you in the right direction of your technique.
Self care exercises for physical wellness
Physical health is an important part of self care. Here too, technique is important! Just as it’s possible to not exercise enough, it’s also possible to exercise too much. When exercising, listen to your body and its cues that tell you when you’re doing too much and when to keep going.
Physical exercise is a great way to release endorphins in the brain, help grow and tone your muscles, and ready your body for continued wellness.
Create a self care action plan
The best way to be sure you can take care of yourself is to make a plan. Even if self care feels a little unusual at first, with practice it will become like second nature! Create a self care calendar with activities to meet different types of challenges that could come up. Think ahead about what’s already on your calendar and add self care to complement them.
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