Taking Care Of Yourself

Taking Care Of Yourself

Learn how to add self-care to your life. You will begin to feel better.

Are you tired of feeling stressed out? If you answered yes, then you should take a look at your self-care plan. Do you put self-care on your calendar? If you answered no, then why not?

People are more stressed out than ever these days. Stress is the number one killer. What can help decrease stress in your life is self-care.

What is self-care?

Having a self-care plan doesn't mean you are selfish. It's means you are being mindful about taking care of yourself. That you are prioritizing your own self-care. It's easy to put everyone else first. When you do this you don't leave anytime for yourself.

You will start to burn out, and even grow resentful of others in your life. People will get the wrong vibe from you, and you will push away your friends and family. You are also putting your physical and mental health at risk.

Self-care - one day at a time:

  • Day 1 - Surround yourself with positive people. Who are the five closest people you have in your life? What are they like? Do they have positive energy? Do they complain a lot, are they negative? Do they help uplift you, or do they bring you down? When you have positive people in your life, this will help you have a positive attitude.

  • Day 2 - Learn and practice relaxation techniques. Try mindfulness…

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Learn how self-care will improve your well being. It's easy and fun.

Many people have New Year's resolutions. But, by the end of January most people haven't achieved them and often give up on them. Instead of setting a New Year's resolution. Look at setting goals for the New Year.

This means you don't give up after one month. They continue throughout the New Year. Most of the time, people set goals around work or making more money. They often forget about themselves, and self-care.

"I don't have time for self-care."

I hear that a lot. When you don't set aside time for yourself, you will eventually burn out. This means you can become angry and even resentful towards others. This can show in your attitude. This can also show in your physical and mental health.

Unfortunately, you have been taught to take care of everyone else first. This means you put yourself last. You may think self-care is selfish. That is not the case. Research has found, you can't take care of anyone else unless you take care of yourself.

Many people think of self-care as getting a massage, or a mani/pedi. Those are nice things, but self-care is something you practice daily. It's taking care of your mind, body and spirit.

Here are 8 easy self-care tips for the New Year:

  1. Start your own mindfulness practice. You may be thinking you don't have time for this in…

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Learn how a self-care plan works better, when you practice it with your partner.

It's easy in our fast paced society to forget about your own self-care. You are busy taking care of everybody else. You have a job and deadlines to meet. This doesn't leave much time for your own self-care plan.

Self-care doesn't have to be difficult. I have found a lot of people feel guilty when they think of self-care. This can come from an old thought pattern. It's time to throw out that old thought pattern, and replace it with a new one.

Learn how self-care can improve your relationship.

I talk about self-care a lot in my practice. When people think of self-care they often think of getting a mani/pedi or a massage. Those are nice things, but self-care is taking care of your mind, body and spirit. It's something that you practice daily. It doesn't have to be difficult.

  • Take ten minutes in the morning and meditate.
  • Make sure you are getting plenty of rest.
  • Eat nutrient rich foods and drink plenty of water.
  • Watch a funny video.
  • Take breaks during the day.
  • Go for a walk. 

Surround yourself with positive people. Start by reviewing the social supports available to you. If necessary, start developing a positive social support system.

Approach each day with purpose. Be productive by outlining daily structure. No task is too small to feel good about. Each step can…

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Start your happiness journey today. You can learn how to take better care of yourself.

When you think of self care, you may think of getting a massage or a mani/pedi. That is alright, there is nothing wrong with getting those things. But, what self care means is taking care of your mind, body and soul.

Learning to take time out when you need it, is the core of self care. In today's world everyone is busy. You are driven to work more and do more. If you keep up at this pace, you will end up feeling depleted and empty inside.

Take better care of yourself, now.

Unfortunately, practicing self care isn't always easy. I have found that a lot of people feel guilty when they put themselves first. Even when this means they are exhausted. Which means you are going to burn out. This can lead to many other problems.

This puts both your emotional and physical health at risk. But, it's not until one of those is at risk when people begin to do something. 

Here are 10 tips to help you take better care of yourself:

  1. Exercise daily as part of your self care routine. I see a lot of people neglect this one. Exercise helps you physically and mentally. I think a lot of people know this, but this is the first one you remove from your calendar. If you can't get to the gym…

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Learn how to take care of yourself, and not feel guilty about it.

It can happen to anyone. You hear about it all the time. Unfortunately, depression is on the rise. If you suffer from depression, you aren't alone. Like many people you're calendar is probably packed, and you don't feel like you can set aside time for yourself.

You need to take care of the kids, clean the house, cook dinner, finish that last minute project at work and so on. When will it end? Is what you're thinking. This doesn't give your mind a chance to rest.

After a while, you begin to feel down. You may feel like you aren't appreciated. If you don't get help for this, it can lead to intrusive thoughts. Such as, 'I don't fit in or I'm simply not good enough. This is when your mind begins to lie to you, and you don't want to believe it.

Start to tell yourself, it's okay to take care of yourself.

It is not selfish to take care of yourself. If you don't, you will eventually crash.

Here are 5 tips for taking care of yourself when you are feeling depressed:

  1. Start by taking care of the basics.You need at least 8 hours of sleep every night. You need to drink plenty of water, and eat nutrient rich foods. Make exercise a habit in your life. Make sure you get some natural…

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