Self-Care is becoming a popular topic these days. It’s something that most older generations will tease the newer generations about. They say millennials are more sensitive, that we don’t want to work hard and expect everything handed to us. Hey, maybe there are some of us out there like that but I think they are in all generations. There is always someone looking for handouts.
I’d say that maybe the older generations just haven’t woken up to the fact that life isn’t just about grinding so hard in your work life that your actual life passes you by. Now, I’m not saying don’t go out and work hard to achieve your goals, you most definitely want to do that. But what are those goals? Are you passionate about them? Do you love these goals so much you feel like you’re on vacation?
Older generations don’t get us. I’m sorry guys but we don’t want to stay at a horrible dead end job just because it pays the bills. No! We don’t want to slave away making pennies while someone at the top is raking in millions! We want a piece of that pie and we are taking a new aged approach to it!
So Self-Care relates how?…
Self-Care is what will help drive us to success. If we are meeting our own personal needs instead of everyone else’s, we will be living a more balanced life. When our life is in balance opportunities seek us and life becomes a lot easier to manage.
So what are some habits to help push you along in self-care?
Know your worth: Self-care is important to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself as it produces positive feelings and boosts your confidence and self-esteem. Also, self-care is necessary to remind yourself and others that you and your needs are important too.
A healthy work-life balance: Overworking, and the stress and exhaustion that comes with it can make you less productive, disorganized and emotionally depleted. It can also lead to health problems, from anxiety and depression to insomnia and heart diseases. Professional self-care habits like taking intermittent breaks (for lunch, calling your friends or taking a walk in nature), setting professional boundaries, avoiding overextending yourself, etc. ensures that you stay sharp, motivated and healthy.
Stress management: While a little dose of stress is a healthy way to give us a push that we need to meet the deadlines or finish that overdue task, constant stress and anxiety can have negative effects on your mental and physical health. Smart self-care habits like eating healthy, connecting with a loved one or, practicing meditation cuts down the toxic effects of stress by improving your mood and boosting your energy and confidence levels.
Start living, stop existing: Life is a precious gift. So why waste it when we have the choice to have a more meaningful existence? Yes, you have a lot of responsibilities like paying bills, but it’s important to remember that taking care of yourself is also your responsibility. Little things like sipping tea while looking at the raindrops racing down the window pane(one of my favorite pass times), enjoying a bubble bath, or reading a book are essential for your daily happiness. Things like taking up a new hobby or learning a new skill can make your life more purposeful by giving you a new reason to get up in the morning.
Better physical health: Self-care is not just about your mental health. It’s also about caring for your physical self, by eating healthy, getting adequate sleep, caring about your hygiene, exercising regularly, and anything else that is your own personal need.
Here are 10 habits to form:
- Learn to say No! This one took me a while to achieve but I am really good at it now. You can only give your best you to the world when you don’t overwhelm yourself with everyone else’s needs or problems.
- Choose wisely who you spend your time with. That old saying “You are who you hang out with” , is true. Hang around like minded people. There are some serious energy vampires out there waiting to draw you down into their negative world.
- Avoid emotional eating. Yep…You Are What You Eat! And when we emotionally eat we don’t make good choices. So do your best to recognize and train yourself to make healthy choices in those moments.
- Stop overthinking everything! Overthinking sends you down a rabbit hole and you’ll only get trapped there so don’t do it. Get self-aware of your thoughts and process them quickly and move on. Don’t give extra thought to anything that isn’t going to improve your life.
- Take a break when you need it. We all get overwhelmed at times or irritated, don’t be afraid to remove yourself from the situation. Maybe you just need a break from the world for a day. Take it! Lay in bed and watch some Netflix. Whatever it takes get that R&R because you will be a better you if you do.
- Get out into nature. Nature is one of the most healing places. Just a simple 20-30 minute hike in the trees or walk on the beach will give you those feel good endorphins and reset you.
- Laugh! Everyone needs at least one good heavy laugh a day to help the body release some stress and endorphins. People don’t realize how much of an impact laughing can have on your health. Think about it, would you rather be laughing or crying? Which one usually feels better?
- Eat Green Foods daily. Green foods are just so important for our everyday life from the nutrients they provide to the detoxing effects they have on the body. These foods are full of oxygen and oxygen is life!
- Journal. A journal or just simply writing everyday will help keep life in perspective. Get in the habit of a gratitude journal. This will help you see all the positives in your life. You will all of the sudden stop feeling a sense of lack.
- Mediate or breathe deeply for 5-10 minutes a day. This will help you just quiet your mind. Many of us need our minds quieted. Just sitting in a still silence at least once a day will help you feel more relaxed. Let go of everything for those 5-10 minutes and just exist.