As our work-life and family-life demands increase, it can be hard to find time for ourselves. Everyone wants to be successful, but when we push past our mental and physical thresholds, we increase our risk of stress and anxiety, exhaustion, burnout, and even depression.
Take a quick break and read these 6 quick self-care tips to add into your daily routine:
1. The Basics
First things first, you’ve got to take care of your physical needs. It’s hard to feel well if you’re not getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, or getting enough daily activity. Taking care of yourself on this most basic level builds a solid foundation for the many things you ask of your body and mind throughout the day.
2. Schedule time for the things you love.
Have you ever felt guilty for indulging in something truly enjoyable? Feeling like we should be spending more time working than playing is an easy trap to fall into. Of course, it’s important to work when we should be working, but our careers don’t need to dominate every aspect of our lives. Think about the things you truly love to do and set non-negotiable appointments with yourself to do them. This could be anything from taking a bubble bath once a week to rock climbing with your friends at least once a month. Whatever it is, make sure it’s something that you truly enjoy and allows you to de-stress.
3. Surround yourself with good company.
It can be difficult (or impossible) to completely avoid toxic people. That doesn’t mean you can’t balance it out. Make it a priority to spend time with people who motivate you, make you laugh, and lift you up. According to motivational speaker Jim Rohn, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” It’s important to surround yourself with people who are positive influences.
4. Embrace “No.”
As our society has glorified busy-ness and embraced the idea of constant availability, our personal boundaries have gone by the wayside. We’ve been conditioned to believe saying “no” is the selfish or lazy thing to do. The next time you are tempted to reflexively say yes to something, take some time to think. Ask yourself if saying yes is going to lead to frustration and resentment? If you think it might, it’s probably a task best suited for someone else.
5. Don’t take social media too seriously.
Although it’s great for keeping up with family and friends, sometimes social media can breed feelings of jealousy, regret, guilt, obligation, and fear of missing out (FOMO). If you begin to notice negative feelings when you browse your social media feeds, it might be time to cut back. Remember, you’re not seeing the whole story when you look at someone’s profile, pictures, or posts. You’re only seeing what they want you to see. It’s not fair to compare your reality to their strategically-angled selfies and crafted posts.
6. Laugh as often as possible.
Make time to loosen up and laugh! Aside from being enjoyable, laughing triggers the release of endorphins (your body’s feel-good hormones) and decreases stress.
Incorporating self-care into your daily routine doesn’t have to require much time or effort, just a little bit of a mind-shift and possibly some planning. What are your favorite ways to sneak some self-care into your day? Share your tips with us here!
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