3 Ways To Show Yourself Some Love
Among all of the uncertainty life brings about every day, there’s one thing that remains the same. It’s that you only have one life and one body to take care of. How are you doing with this? Are you making good and healthy choices? Are you in tune with how you’re feeling mentally, physically, and emotionally? Are you comfortable with looking out for your best interests? Those are all important questions to ask yourself. Often times, self-care is associated with being selfish or indulgent. That’s unfortunate, as practicing self-care is an essential part of overall wellness. There’s a difference between maxing out your credit cards on a shopping spree after a miserable day at work and knowing when to take a few minutes to make good choices, ground yourself and regain focus. Keep reading for three totally doable ways you can practice this each day.
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1.) Fuel your body well
Everything you consume has a big impact on how you feel, how you look, and how you perform. Sure, it can be tricky at times to stick to a healthy diet or to make sure you’re getting the exercise you know you should. While it’s comforting to know that nobody is perfect, it’s still important that you take the time to look out for yourself to make sure your personal wellness is where it should be. The good news is this doesn’t need to be complicated, but having an overall awareness is essential here. On top of eating a healthy diet and getting your exercise, consider adding in daily supplements that give your body what it’s missing. Having choices based on individual needs is a bonus, as everyone’s health and wellness journey is different.
2.) Be mindful
Too often, the days and nights whiz by without so much as a thought given to them. Again, life is tricky and humans are always busy, right? Does it have to be that way? If you’re feeling like you’re someone who is always busy, make a pledge to yourself to step back. Even if it’s just for a little bit to start. Evaluate things you might be doing that are taking away the enjoyment of moments you’re experiencing either over the course of a normal day or during a special vacation or date. Chances are you don’t even realize when you’re reaching for your phone instead of holding a conversation, when you’re drifting off mentally instead of giving your partner the attention they crave, or when you’re supposed to be unwinding at yoga but are replaying what went down at the board meeting earlier in the day. All of these types of actions add up quickly and can have a really negative effect on your well-being. Mindfulness doesn’t always come easily and it must be practiced every day; there is always room for it no matter what you’re doing. Utilize resources to get you going. Books, apps, or podcasts are great.
3.) Disconnect from your devices
When was the last time you put your phone down for a period of time? Are you constantly checking notifications, keeping tabs on social media, or replying to work emails when you should be eating dinner with your awesome family? It’s sad but true — smartphone addiction is a real thing; with mental health issues, social isolation, and suicides having strong links to it. If you’re wondering how to break your addiction, there are many ways to go about it. As with breaking most bad habits it will take some time and it won’t be a walk in the park, but it can be done. Once you’re there, chances are very good that you’ll feel great and wonder what took so long.
Life can be complicated, it can be stressful and it can be messy. If you don’t look out for yourself, who will?
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