Honoring and taking good care of ourselves is something that is often overlooked. We put it off because we get so busy tending to other daily tasks and needs of others. Maybe the intention is there, but it turns into a, "Oh, I'll get around to that tomorrow," deal or something of the sort. Here's the thing, though, how can we be our best selves if we aren't taking proper care of ourselves? Self care isn't selfish and it should be a priority. This is where balance comes in. Once you start implementing small self care practices to your daily routine, you will notice your inner places of peace rise to the surface. Do things for you and stop pleasing and meeting everyone's needs before your own. Of course there are the common known ways of caring for yourself such as eating healthy and exercising, journaling, and spending time doing things that make you happy, but here are a few other ways you may not have thought of. What are some of your favorite ways to practice self care?
Do it. It feels so good. Whether it be an event, plan, or project, sometimes you just have to say no instead of yes. AND THAT IS OK! People will understand. Things can pile up pretty fast and before you know it, you're running around like a crazy person with little to no down-time for yourself - something very vital in life balance.
Write a gratitude list
I'm currently working on incorporating this into my daily lifestyle (and remembering to do so), but gratitude is so important in self-care. I know I talk about gratitude lists a lot on my blog, but realizing and appreciating all the goodness in your life will make you feel so much better.
Listen to a podcast
I never thought I'd say it, but I've become a frequent podcast listener. Turn the TV off and find a podcast that fuels your passion and ignition. It's interesting listening to people talk about something they are so passionate about and it can really spark some inspiration.
Early morning quiet time
Waking up early enough in the morning to give yourself extra minutes of just sitting and observing and thinking is much more beneficial than you'd think. It allows you the time to sort your thoughts for the day and create a mental plan. Maybe take some time to meditate and clear your headspace to start the day off on a fresh note.
Change your space
Change your environment up a bit and go somewhere else for a few hours. I like to do this when I'm working on my computer. Different atmosphere sparks up new and different thoughts and perspectives. Maybe grab a coffee with a friend of even go by yourself. Don't stay in the same room in the same building in the same neighborhood in the same town for too long.
Go to bed earlier than usual
Honestly, you could probably use the extra hour or two of sleep. Especially if work has been extra hectic lately or you've been having more plans to attend to. Don't wear yourself down, keep yourself well rested for the day ahead of you.
Ask for help
This one may be difficult because some people don't like asking for help or admitting that they need help. But just do it. Save yourself the headache. People are there to help you and they want to help you. Maybe return the favor next time you see someone who looks like they, themselves, may need some assistance. It will feel good.