With our hectic schedules and demanding work, it’s easy to forget about the most important asset in your life - you! We spend so much time worrying about others and making deadlines for work that we push our own needs aside. Taking care of ourselves is essential for our health and well-being and extends into all areas of our lives, so it is not selfish to put self-care (or self-preservation) first, it is essential.
Set time aside for yourself
Having a little “me time” can go a long way. It helps with relaxation, stress management, and overall mental health. Setting aside a small amount of time for yourself every day is crucial to your health. Whether it’s doing something you love like reading a book or engaging in a hobby, make sure to carve out time that is dedicated just to you. Taking care of ourselves improves our mood, reduces exhaustion and can increase our job and life satisfaction. Take a bubble bath, go meet friends for dinner, or just listen to some music for 20 minutes a day. Be a little selfish!
Make a goal each week
Every Monday, create a goal that you will strive to accomplish by end of week. It doesn’t have to be big or time-consuming, just something you will feel accomplished completing. The goal can be vacuuming the house, returning your neighbor’s lawn-mower, or even calling a friend you have been meaning to catch up with. Checking something off your list, no matter how small can boost our spirit and help de-clutter our minds, preventing simple tasks from piling up and occupying space.
Don’t be afraid to try something new
Be a little adventurous and try that zumba class or maybe karate. Experiment in the kitchen with a new exotic recipe you found in a magazine. Trying new things can be intimidating, but once you power through and accomplish them, it makes you feel good! Plus it helps keep our brains active and strong. Trying something new also can boost confidence and help you move outside your comfort zone.
Did you know that authenticity is linked to happiness? It’s so important to be yourself! In the world of social media and information overload that we live in, it can be easy to lose our sense of self. Take time to connect to yourself. A great way to do this is through meditation and journaling. Spending time with close friends, friends you can be your true self with helps too.