These days, we’re pushed to GO-GO-GO, always working and running around. Even people with more free time find themselves skipping out on good self-care practices, as we’ve been taught to feel guilty for taking care of ourselves. This outlook is sadly common, since self-care is one of the biggest ways you can make yourself healthier, happier, and more productive.
Taking care of yourself means eating food that is nourishing and healthful. This might not be a luxury 5 star restaurant, though it should include fresh vegetables and fruits, along with protein, and maybe some nuts and seeds. Good nutrition will keep your body strong and youthful, and will help to keep your mind sharp. Avoid the bargain noodles or the frozen dinners, these kinds of meals aren’t fresh, and might have preservatives and non-food ingredients that are harmful rather than helpful.
It’s important to focus your mind on what you want your life to be. Instead of reacting to each new situation in your day, spend 15 minutes at the beginning of your day to balance your mind. Focus on what you want to accomplish, and the kind of person you want to be. This will also help to stabilize your moods, since focus can combat the anxiety that is common in our busy lives.
Some people hesitate at things like massages, spa dates, or long evening baths, calling them luxuries, or wastes of time and money. Instead, these things are investments in yourself. Taking time out for YOU reinforces in your mind and in the minds of others that you are important to yourself, that you value yourself. Take out time for relaxing, rejuvenating therapies to recharge yourself. These practices don’t have to be expensive, either.
Choose little (or big) rituals that you can enjoy every week, or every month, that make you feel good. Feeling good about yourself and about the life you are creating is essential to being successful, and being able to focus on the important tasks that will bring you the most rewards.