Self Care tips for a healthier YOU
Have you ever been so busy that you forgot to check if the dishwasher was on before you left for work? You might be thinking, “Well yeah Sierra, how is that important? I can check it later”. If that is the case, let me ask you another question. Have you ever been so busy at work, or school, that you forgot to eat? Have you ever been so busy worrying about others, that you suddenly forgot about yourself? Or, have you ever been so busy that suddenly date nights or family time are no longer on the table?
I am sure that many of you answered yes, to at least one, if not all of those questions. You might think that missing a lunch, missing a family dinner, or that quality social time with friends is no big deal. However, I am telling you that is a lie. Your mental health is not something that can be thrown to the back burner. If I were to ask you right now, one thing that you were doing to make YOU happy, could you give me an example? When we are caught up in this crazy world, it sometimes becomes too easy to get sucked in to work or fixated on the negatives, that we just end up letting important opportunities pass us by. We worry so much about everything and everyone that we forget to care for ourselves.
I am telling you that is so much easier to combat any hurdles that life might throw your way, when you are in that healthy mindset. That means not only caring for your mental health, but also your body and soul. By doing little things, such as; check ins with yourself, or creating designated daily “you” time, this allows you to create time for yourself and to find out what fulfills you.
SO, I have created a little list of some self care tips to get you on the right track! Hopefully you find one of them helpful.
10 Self Care Tips
Don’t be afraid to say NO – Yes, I am talking to all of you people pleaser’s out there! It is OKAY to say no sometimes. As much as us girls like to believe it, we can not be superheros all the time. It is so important to know when we have reached our boundaries and limits and to act accordingly. Make more time for you!
Spend time outdoors/ get some exercise – Especially with everything going on right now and being cooped up in our houses, taking a step away from the computer and getting some fresh air is much needed! Schedule in a daily walk, commit to morning yoga, or get out and play some basketball or hockey with your family. The fresh air is healing!
Start your day with Positive Affirmations – You can find hundreds of templates online, or look at some areas you need to improve on (body confidence, positive thinking, etc.) and create your own! You can start with something as simple as “I am beautiful. I am smart. I am going to conquer the day and everything that is thrown my way”. Try doing this every morning/night and say it out loud while looking at yourself in the mirror. Believing in yourself is everything!
Create a gratitude list – Write down three things a day that you are grateful for. This could be family, a new job opportunity, having food on the table, etc! This helps to shift our focus and put us in a more positive mind-set.
Journal– You might be thinking, “Sierra, are you asking me to write in a diary like I did in grade school?” My answer is yes! Writing allows us to get our thoughts and feelings out from our head on to paper. It is an amazing outlet and helps to raise our self awareness. You might be able to gain a new perspective on your situation!
Meditate– Meditation is amazing. This is something you can easily schedule in for 5, 10, 15 mins of your day. That is nothing! If you are wondering about how to meditate, or if you are a beginner, there are some great apps (Head space) that have tutorials and video sessions with an expert. I highly suggest that you give it a try!
Find a hobby/ ask yourself what fulfills you – Finding a purpose, or something that you can do that fulfills that passion, is what the human experience is all about. Take up some guitar lessons, join a bird watching group, start a blog, a YouTube channel, or take some online workshops. Find something that makes YOU happy.
Ask for help – If you are struggling with a situation in your life and don’t feel as though you can navigate it yourself, ASK FOR HELP. It is okay to not always be okay. You should never be ashamed of yourself. Reach out to a family member, friend, or see a therapist. Get the support you need so that you can feel better. A big part of self care is getting help and knowing when you can not fix something on your own.
Get proper sleep & rest – Sleep is an integral part of our well-being. When we sleep, our body has the chance to repair, rest, and rejuvenate itself. Sleep has been proven to help reduce stress, improve memory, reduce the risk for disease, and the list goes on! Make sure you are getting those Z’s!
Eat Well – Listen to your body. It will tell you what you need! Try and eat a balanced diet. Our food is the fuel that keeps us going – make sure you are feeding it well. However, make sure to still get those peanut butter cups or ice cream in once and a while. I know I sure do!
I hope these help.
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