You don’t want to wait until you’re burned-out and exhausted to start taking care of yourself.
Have you felt overwhelmed by your fast-paced life? Self-care helps you to deal with life demands.
Self-care is not being selfish – you can only take good care of your loved ones if you take care of yourself first. You can’t give what you don’t have.
Self-care is intentionally taking care of your own needs. It will help you manage stress, increase your energy, and boost your immune system.
Here are some examples in 5 areas of self-care. Most of the practices takes 5-10 minutes.
- Physical – Your body health.
- Drink water. At least 8-10 cups a day.
- Move your body. Jump rope, dance, stretch, yoga movements.
- Eat nutritious foods, avoid high carbs, high sugary foods.
- Sleep at least 7 hours per night.
- Your thinking health.
- Say no. When you say no to things that aren’t your priorities, you’re saying yes to things that matter the most to you.
- Detach from negative people who drain your energy.
- Delegate. Let people around you share your tasks.
- Ask for help and accept it when it is offered.
- Your feeling health.
- Mindless activity. Do something you like, just because.
- Create something, draw, paint, color.
- Celebrate small and big accomplishments.
- Give yourself a high five in the mirror. Be silly for 60 seconds.
- Be proud of yourself.
- Your soul health.
- Spend time in nature.
- Meditate and pray. Listen to your inner self and to your higher power.
- Take deep breaths.
- Practice gratitude.
- Social. Your connection health.
- Nurture your relationships.
- Call, text, write a letter, Send a card by mail.
- Visit a friend
- Say Hi to a stranger.
Open space for yourself. Be good to yourself. You’re a human being, you don’t have to be perfect. You’re good enough just as you are. You deserve self-care!