When you’re practicing the art of self-care, you’re sure to hit a few obstacles along the way. Whether you’re struggling to find the time to focus on self-care or whether you struggle to maintain your self-care practice, there are lots of things that could be holding you back.
The good news is, whatever issue you come across in your journey to self-care, there are ways around it. Here, you’ll discover 5 awesome self-care tips you can absolutely incorporate into your life to make the practice easier.
1. Incorporate self-care into your morning routine
A morning routine is good for a couple of reasons…for me, I find that it starts my day off with more energy and intention. If it’s the first thing you do (which I’d highly recommend) it’s much easier to fit it into your daily routine. Once your day has gotten started, it’s a lot more difficult to focus on self-care.
Get up a little earlier if you need to (even 10 minutes), begin taking steps to look after you in the mornings. This could be taking the time to relax by reading a book or working out first thing in the morning. For me, it’s sitting quietly listening to my favourite Deva Primal & Miten music. Whatever it is for you, doing it when you wake is one of the easiest ways to incorporate self-care into your daily life.
2. Learn when to say no
Did you know that a large part of self-care is knowing when to say no? Some people find it much easier than others to say no to things. Perhaps you’re being asked to help a friend a little more often than you’re comfortable with? Learning to say no is difficult, but it is essential for your wellbeing.
You’ll soon discover that nothing bad comes from saying no from time to time. In fact, it helps to build up boundaries, showing people how they can treat you. By saying no to anything that you aren’t comfortable with or finding you have to frequently rearrange your schedule for, establishes healthy boundaries and shows you care for and respect yourself.
3. Don’t forget to reward yourself
As you begin to keep up your self-care activities, reward yourself with something that’s going to make you feel good. It could be a new outfit, getting your nails done, a massage, a day trip somewhere or something that contributes to your self-care routine such as a new book.
By rewarding yourself regularly, it’s going to help you maintain your motivation and keep you focused on maintaining your self-care routine.
4. Make time to spend with family and friends
While you do want to spend a lot more time focusing on yourself, it’s important not to forget about your friends and family. Spending time with loved ones helps to make you happier, while also strengthening the bond between you.
In a 2010 study, it was discovered that social relationships actually have positive effects on mental health and overall life expectancy. So, ensure you maintain a good balance between looking after you and spending time with friends and family.
5. Ensure you set realistic goals
The final tip you’ll absolutely want to follow is to ensure you’re setting realistic goals.
While all these may sound terrific, it can also be too much to try all of them at once! I’d suggest you try one at a time – try it for a couple of weeks and adjust as needed until it feels really right to you. break them down a little until you’re comfortable you’ll easily be able to follow them.
So, there you have it – 5 awesome self-care tips you absolutely need to consider. Practicing self-care is crucial for personal development and it really does deliver so many awesome benefits. Remember small hinges swing big doors, so incorporating one new practice can make an immense difference over the longterm. And if you do 1% change each day, just imagine what that would look like in 90 days!
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