Making a date with you may sound so simple to do but most people put themselves at the bottom of their “To-Do” list. Scheduling in “self-care” sounds great but not always effective if it gets pre-empted with other activities.
So, what if we look at self-care as a daily necessity? Not a frivolous “thing” that we feel guilty about.
RECHARGING IS ESSENTIAL
Most agree that taking care of your self is a necessity and it’s important for:
GOOD THINGS TO DO
Eat A Healthy Diet
Get At Least 7 Hours Of Sleep A Night
Seek To Have A Satisfying Work and Personal Life
SUGGESTIONS FOR BETTER SELF CARE from Jennifer Synder
Boost vim and vigor
Get sleep, nourishing food and regular exercise.
Treat yourself with respect and compassion
Don’t listen to negative people or critical messages.
Do not remain on a path of negative self-thoughts.
Time out for fun
Watch a favorite movie, play with a pet or create a scrapbook of
fun-filled memories. When you laugh heartily, it triggers
endorphins, which creates a sense of ease.
Expand your mind: slow down the aging process
Go on a weekend getaway or spontaneously take a new route
home. A change of scene can spice things up.
Spend quality time with loved ones
Attentive listening enriches relationships and adds joy to life.
Don’t expect to be a superhero
Say no to perfectionism, criticism, procrastination, petty grievances
and gossip. Do chores promptly and appreciate progress. Know when
to say “no”.
Simplify home, work, and personal life to create more time for
yourself. Set priorities and attack cluttered schedules and spaces.
Communicate your thoughts
When you express your needs, wants, values and boundaries clearly, it
saves time and energy and makes you feel good about yourself.
Reserve time for simple pleasures
When you witness a beautiful sunset, have a good cry or laugh or hug
a loved one, it lifts your spirits and improves your total well-being.
Self-care is empowering way to take charge of your life. When we are overwhelmed, we lack the energy and focus
to make the same clear decisions that we normally would. If we take care of ourselves regularly, we can better handle
things that come into our lives.
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