With all the hustle and bustle that goes on in life, we mustn’t forget to take care of ourselves. Practicing self-care keeps us from burning out. Sure enough, our problems would lessen if we were better at taking care of ourselves and managing our time. We’ve got just the nine ways to help you take better care of yourself.
1. Set your goals.
Putting your intentions into words and writing them down will help you get them done. Whether it’s a list for today’s errands, this month’s deadlines, or this year’s goals, writing your tasks will keep you aligned, organized, and focused.
It’s good to remember that while it is healthy to challenge oneself with big goals, there must be room for understanding when error and gaps transpire. Lapses can occur, and when they do, you have to muster up strength to realign yourself with your goals.
2. Maintain a clean and tidy environment.
Your environment can influence your energy. Keeping your surroundings organized will make it easier for you to work. It is quite hard to relax when you’re around so much clutter. Try to make a habit of not leaving things waiting to be done. So, make your bed right after getting up, wash those dishes after eating, and put things back where they came from.
3. Break a sweat.
Exercising offers loads of health benefits. Other than getting a good & healthy physique, exercising stimulates your body to produce chemicals that boost your mood, leaving you feeling happier and lighter after your workout. Regular exercise has also been linked to better mental health.
4. Rest is a part of productivity.
Our actions don’t always have to have results. Nowadays, we’re led to believe that we have to work to be productive and that taking some rest feels like a waste of time. To avoid burn-outs and overworking yourself—as rewarding as getting work done may feel—you should also remember to take some guilt-free rest.
5. There’s nothing wrong with counseling.
Sometimes life can get too much for us to handle on our own. Seeking professional help may be what you need to get your thoughts straightened out. In turn, you learn to process things better and get a more peaceful mind.
6. Choose your circle.
Don’t underestimate the power of influence your friends can give you. Your circle should be a safe space with people whom you can trust, be yourself, and have a good time. But it also pays off to have friends who challenge you to grow and be better person
7. Make an effort to sleep well.
Waking up and sleeping on a schedule keeps your circadian rhythm in tune, thereby maintaining your body’s systems and allowing you to function well. This is because the human body is programmed to need sleep to recover. Making time for a proper shut eye will have you more energized and in a good mood the following morning. Quick tip: taking a hot shower before going to bed soothes your muscles, making you feel relaxed and ready to snooze.
Keeping your sheets clean and fresh also helps you get that good night’s sleep. Our bedsheets accumulate millions of skin cells we shed per day, have more mites than we can imagine, and can accumulate bacteria and fungus. To keep our sheets from irritating our skin and having unwanted guests on your beds like bed bugs and other pests , it’s recommended we change our sheets every week, if not more often.
8. Practice mindfulness and meditation.
Being aware and putting intentions into your acts makes things worth your while. It’s healthy to set aside some time of your day to reflect and straighten out your thoughts. Doing so will make you more organized and confident.
9. Ride out the bad days.
Having good days means accepting that bad days can happen too. Such is life. We have to learn how to cope with the bad days. While there are things we can do to keep our minds off whatever that is bothering us, we really can’t run away from our problems. So, when these happen, we have to accept and deal with them. Problems and bad days in life never go away, we just get better at handling them.
10. Don’t always wait on Jesus to take the wheel.
Don’t wait around for something to happen to you. Hey, it’s your life and it’s too beautiful to wait around. Live it well, with intention, and happiness. You get to choose how to live, put it into action.
Which will you choose to take care of yourself today?
If you’ve noticed that you haven’t been taking care of yourself and you want to make a good change, start slow and start small. Doing it abruptly and all in one go will only overwhelm you. So, trust the process of change and things will fall into place.