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We all know how important it is to take some time out to pamper ourselves to escape the daily grind but self-care is about more than just a weekly bubble bath with a glass of wine! Self-care is something you should try to integrate into your everyday life to improve your overall vitality so with 2020 right around the corner there is no better time than now to start taking better care of YOU! Join the 72% of millennial women ranking self-care as their top priority when making New Year’s Resolutions and be in the know with these five self-care rules for the body and soul!
Know Your Why
Before you can start a new self-care routine it is important to know why it matters! Why do you need to put more effort into taking care of yourself? Do you work too hard at your job or putting others first? Maybe you just want to work on being calmer and more focused? Once you know the reason, you can better choose an activity or routine that will help you on your journey.
Meet Your Basic Needs
The next step is to make sure your basic needs are being met. This may sound obvious but you need to look at your sleep patterns, eating habits, hydration levels, and whether or not you are taking any prescribed medications properly. As they say, you can only help others after you help yourself so it is imperative that your basic needs are met first. This includes your mental health so if you are suffering from depression or anxiety and you find your medication isn’t helping, you may want to visit an energy healer who can help put you in a more balanced and peaceful state of mind.
Write Down Your Ideas
Once you know why you want to take better care of yourself it can be a good idea to write down some activities in order of small-big. Small steps you can take might be dedicating 20 minutes per day to meditation or yoga. A medium activity could be going out for lunch with friends and on the other end of the scale joining a gym and making a commitment to visit four or five times a week. It is said that people who write down goals are 1.4 times more likely to succeed, so get your ideas down on paper.
Set a Schedule and Be Consistent
Now that you have an idea of what you want to achieve, the next step is to look at your daily routine and find gaps where you can fit in your self-care activities. Be realistic here because a lot of us say we don’t have time to do the things we’d like, but if you really break down the time you have outside of work, you will probably find that you have more time than you realize. Make your self-care activities part of your everyday routine and make an effort to follow it to the letter. Giving yourself time to work on yourself and lower your stress levels will have a knock-on effect on the rest of your commitments.
Cut Back on Your Social Media Time
One of the worst things to come out of the rise of social media is the fact that the number of ‘likes’ on a picture can break a person’s self-esteem. The pictures then become filtered versions, portraying a false image where unfortunately we compare ourselves to others. However, the more you compare yourself to others, the less likely you are to find true happiness within you. The average person spends three hours and fifteen minutes per day on their phone so cut back that time on your social media and help heal your body and soul.
Self-care is neither selfish nor inconsiderate; it is extremely important to boost confidence and happiness. Start with the rules above and see how your life changes.