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Today let’s talk about self-care and how you can bring more of it to your everyday life by making yourself a priority with these simple steps.
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Self-care is of vital importance. After all, if you don’t take care of yourself who will, right? More importantly, if you aren’t in good shape, you can’t take care of your beloved ones. And yet, self-care is the first thing to go once we start getting busier and busier. That only makes things worse.
For some time, this was the way I lived, putting everything before my own wellness, and telling myself I was too busy to do things for me. And it worked – I was very young and had enormous amounts of energy and I had time to do everything.
But not for long – soon I became very tired and grumpy – I even started snapping at people! I was unhappy with my life and generally, became a kind of unpleasant person.
In the end, this didn’t only affect my own health (which got worse: I started getting sick at least once per season) but also my loved ones, since I wasn’t pleasant to be around and generally wasn’t much help.
As you can see, I learned the hard way that taking care of myself is good for everyone, and not a selfish waste of time like I thought before. But you don’t have to go through all this! Self-care is important and vital for happiness in your life.
Today I wanna share with you some easy ways to make yourself a priority and give you some solid reasons why you should.
Why Self Care Is Important
Oh for so many reasons! First, it helps you to avoid getting burnout. Nobody wants to push it too hard and end up having a breakdown, right? Taking some time for yourself helps you to avoid that, take a break, and replenish your energy for more productive work.
Second – it helps you relieve stress. Too much stress is well… too much! It’s the first step to some serious mental and health problems in the future. Little moments for yourself are the break you need to avoid that!
Finally, it can help you to reboot. Ever had one of those nagging pesky problems you just couldn’t figure out, like a difficult math question or that urgent report you didn’t know how to begin writing? And then you go for a jog, or maybe a coffee and Eureka! you got the solution!
Well if that’s the case, you know exactly what I’m talking about. For those of you who don’t, let me tell you: taking a small break and letting your brain rest and switching to easy mode will allow it to work by itself and develop a new fresh look to whatever you were working on before.
In general – self-care will allow you to become a healthier, happier, and more productive person. And this in term will be reflected on your relationships – as a happier and more positive person, you will see in no time that you bring the same to people, allowing them to get the spark from you.
As you can see, taking care of yourself is pretty crucial, and not just for you, but for people around you. So, in this busy, busy world where each one of us has so many roles to fulfill and so many responsibilities, how do we find time to put ourselves first? Here are some ways you definitely have to try!
Let’s be honest here, sleep is the first thing to go. I’m too busy to have a good sleep. Well actually, it’s the opposite – you’re too busy because you don’t get enough sleep! Remember, when you’re tired, you make more mistakes, you complete tasks slower and generally you become less productive.
Moreover, your lack of sleep lowers your natural defenses and you’re more likely to get sick. That way even more time will be lost. Wouldn’t it be better to just get that extra hour of sleep instead and avoid all this?
As an avid Bullet Journaler, I’m here to advise you to use a sleep tracker spread to help you track your sleep and create a good sleeping pattern.
Eat Better and Exercise
Ok this sounds like a hard one, but listen – if you take it little step at a time, it won’t be. And believe me – you totally can find time for it!
First – exercise. I know, I know, ain’t nobody got time for that. But hey I’m not telling you to start going to the gym every day. Just see how you can increase your general physical activity. Maybe walk more, or do some morning stretches – any little thing to get your body moving.
I personally do several things – I try to walk more, mostly having a short walk during lunch, and I do some morning workout. Nothing really fancy – I do 10 minutes of yoga every morning. But it really helps me to wake up and get that extra energy boost.
Now for the food – no need to change your diet completely tomorrow! Just make little change every day and you will see the result. Instead of a chocolate bar have an apple once a while. Instead of your second can of coke, have a glass of water. Even these small changes matter.
Make Time For Things You Love
What? but come on this is so obvious! Right? Well obvious as it is, we don’t really do it much. We spend our time working so hard so we can have our happy life, but actually, we never have time to really do the things we love.
Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, but you get my point. I noticed from myself, that unless I specifically save a time slot and plan to do something pleasant, I most likely won’t do it – being too busy and all.
So it’ vital to not forget and each day save some time to do something you love, something for yourself! Read a book, practice your hobby – whatever makes you happy. Even if it is just 15 minutes a day – do it! And you will feel relaxed, refreshed and ready to achieve more!
Learn To Plan Your Time
I do believe (and I know from my personal experience) that planning your time is one of the best ways to take care of yourself. Planning allows you not only to free up time for yourself and the activities you enjoy but also keeps you in check, preventing you from overloading your schedule.
Get into planning and make sure to say no if you see you getting yourself too unnecessarily busy.
To get some top planning techniques, be sure to check my post How To Plan Like A Boss: 10 Simple Planning Tips.
My favorite way to plan is by using a Bullet Journal, check my Beginner’s Guide To Bullet Journaling to get started on this new adventure.
Ask For Help
I’m the kind of person who tries to do everything by herself. Most of the time, it’s because I just feel uncomfortable asking for help. Whatever the reasons are though, my first impulse is to do it myself. For me, it leads to feeling overworked, tired, and maybe a bit lonely for being the only one who has to power through and do it all by myself.
So yeah, it’s important to learn to ask for help, and what’s even harder – learn to accept it. There’s no shame in that and it’ll be a great way for you to have a break and not take on the world all by yourself!
And there they are, my 5 easy steps to making yourself more of a priority and taking better care of yourself. I learned from my personal experience how important it is and I hope I managed to convey it to you as well.
Do you practice self-care? Please write your experiences in the comment below and inspire more readers to take better care of themselves.
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