1) Listen to Your Body
The absolute best way to improve your self-care practices is
to listen to yourself. Only you can determine what you need and what form
self-care needs to take for you. You have to be in-tune with your body and
listen to what it tells you.
Your body will let you know if you’re overly stressed,
overworked, exhausted, what have you, so you can respond by meeting its needs.
Your self-care practices won’t be improved until you truly listen to your body
about what you need.
2) Remember Self-Care Involves Eating Right, Too
Many people think of self-care as taking bubble baths with a
glass of wine, face mask, and bath bombs. While this is one way to help you
take care of yourself and relax, self-care involves a lot more than just that
because your body needs a lot more than just that.
A big part of self-care is taking care of all of your needs.
This includes fueling your body with good foods, the nutrients it needs, and
plenty of water. You won’t start to feel better until you truly take care of
yourself by meeting all your needs.
3) Schedule Your Self-Care
We all live incredibly busy lives and have little free time
with which to work. In fact, that’s the reason you need to stress self-care in
the first place. In order to ensure you take the necessary time to properly
care for yourself, you should write it in your schedule. After all, that’s what
you do for other important things you don’t want to forget to do.
Schedule evenings to yourself, meditation times, and plan
healthier meals. Do meal prep on your night off if you’ve got a busy week, you
don’t miss out on eating right for your body.
4) Don’t Accept “Good Enough”
When it comes to taking care of yourself, you can’t cut
corners. If you’re overly exhausted, you need to make the effort of going to
bed earlier every night, not just try compensating with naps. If you’re overly
stressed, take time for yourself daily by cutting something out, don’t just
take one break but keep piling the work on.
When it comes to your health, good enough is not acceptable.
Do what you need to take care of yourself.
5) Remember That It’s Not Selfish to Take Care of
A big thing that tends to get in the way of people taking
care of themselves is the thought that it’s selfish. It’s not selfish to take
care of yourself and ensure your needs are met.
While putting yourself first constantly is selfish, taking
the time to ensure your needs are met is essential and necessary for your
health. You can’t help others when you’re not in good health, both mentally and
Don’t give more than you have to offer; take care of