Self-care is a term that is being discussed a lot in recent days. It became something easy to not give it much attention because it is considered as a common word. But, it goes far beyond that, and when you seriously decide to take care of yourself, you might just begin to notice the great positive change through every single day.
If your day includes waking up early, having a cup or two of coffee, taking the pavement to reach work, bringing kids from school, returning home late, and having no time to just breathe, always remember to apply these tips to take care of yourself on a daily basis. By making some time for just a little care of yourself, you can recharge your energy, make your mood better, lower your stress levels, and enjoy more your life.
1. Make Specific Work Time
Do you usually respond to work emails before going to bed? Leave the office late? Go to work early? Have extra work at home? Sometimes, you might consider it necessary to be committed to do those tasks just to feel you are making accomplishments. But, you could simply be making your things more messy and end up having more stress. You will feel very exhausted just after a short period of time. Even if you like your job, those habits can make you start hating everything about it.
So, divide your time to certain hours dedicated for work and the rest of time to your family, friends, or doing some things that make your life better.
2. Have Enough Sleep
This is one of the most important tips. The majority of people do not get enough hours of sleep at night so that they can be with full energy the next morning. Having enough sleep make you work with great focus. Also, it helps to “detox” the brain.
You might not find it easy to have enough sleep because of your busy schedule, but creating a routine at night will help you in that. Be committed to go to bed at a certain time, and also at waking up. Also, try to make your bedroom a relaxing place that encourages having a healthy sleep.
3. Meditate Every Day
There are many misunderstandings of meditation that hold back people from giving it a try. Meditation does not require any specific sitting or position. It does not demand from you to say particular words. Simply, meditation is a step that makes you concentrate on your breathing, get rid of any distractions and delete any negative thoughts from your head.
Some people like to use their singing bowl fo a little time each morning to clear their mind. Meditation let you focus on the present moment, without thinking about anything from the past or future. By making meditation for few minutes a daily morning habit, you are giving your body an opportunity to relax and starting your day with a positive attitude.
4. Keep a Journal
Keeping a journal does not need from you to be a professional writer. Writing down your thoughts and feelings along the day, can be an amazing self-reflection way and give you the opportunity to remember where you have been.
In most times, you are not able to remember the beautiful little moments you live each day such as the people you meet, things that happen to you, or a delicious meal you had! When you keep a journal with you, you can easily write down anything so that you will build the habit of being grateful for the little things in your life.
5. Exercise Outside
No one in this world will deny the great benefits of exercising on the physical health. But it enhances the mental and emotional health as well. Exercise makes you feel happier because it releases dopamine into the brain. Exercising outside will give you extra advantages. According to studies, being outside for just half an hour every day can make your mood better and recharge your energy.
6. Wake Up Slowly
When you wake up in the morning, do not pick up you phone to respond to those work emails or surf in the social media platforms. It is better for you to wake up slowly. Try to stay laying on bed for a few minutes so that you can think and get ready for the day mentally. Take a shower, meditate, have a good breakfast, read some positive quotes and then you can start your work.
7. Always Communicate With Friends and Family
Communication with people whom you love on a regular basis can help you to have feelings of support and love. It does not need necessarily to be long and extended conversations. Try to be in touch with someone in your environment at least once every day. You might be amazed of how happier it will make you become.
8. Remember to Have Fun
Children often do not care too much. This is because they are not obliged to deal with the whole of everyday stress like adults do. But, playing is something from the nature of kids. They imagine a lot, and they can treat anything just like a game or a something fun. The older we get, the more we lose that, so try to have fun and play as much as you can in your every day. It will be easy for you, if you have children! If you don’t, you can create situation where you have to be a kid again.
Taking care of yourself each day is not something hard to do, and it does not require much time or effort. By just getting rid of distractions, you can find the time to look after yourself and make it a daily habit.