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1. Prioritize Yourself as #1
You are not being selfish if you put yourself as your number one priority. Neither am I telling you to ignore everyone around you! This can be a very complex situation. At the core of it all, you cannot look after others around you if you are not in the best shape. Focus on your mental, physical, and spiritual health first and you will find it easier to then help others.
2. Establish a Self-Care Routine
It is often that we forget about ourselves. Demanding jobs, demanding families, a penchant to think of others before ourselves. Set up a daily routine where you spend time concentrating on what you want. Rather than a quick face wash take your time and exfoliate too. Rather than a quick shave before going to work go all out. Apply the mousse and creams you have been receiving as gifts. Allocating time for this creates a sense of excitement and appreciation for your new-found self-care routine.
3. Include Yourself in Budget
If you are the type of person to put everyone first and not treat yourself then stop it. I am not saying to ignore everyone else who is in your budget, but rather allocate a small sum for a future self-care goal. For example, if you want to travel, budgeting a small amount each month will get you there faster in 12 months than not putting anything aside. Think in the longterm and act in the short term.
4. Give Yourself a Regular Night-Out
It is important to go out for your own reasons. This could be an evening book club, a meal in a nice restaurant, or some social drinks with friends. Perhaps you would prefer to be alone! Find a safe place to go for a walk, take photos, keep a journal of what you see. Spending time out of doors in the evening can really be soothing when we are used to seeing these daily scenes in the hub-bub of daily activities.
5. Give Yourself a Regular Day-Out
And go out during the day! Once a month to have lunch in town, go golfing, shopping, bird-watching - whatever it is that you would like to do make the time for it and do it. If you have to take a day off work or hire a babysitter do it. Stepping outside of your regular routine to spend time doing something you are passionate about will have great effects on your mental wellbeing.
6. Find a Healthy Food vs Exercise Balance
Not everyone is perfectly happy with their eating and exercise habits. What I am suggesting you do is find a happy balance. Start to take pleasure in creating and eating healthy dishes while also finding an exercise that you enjoy. You might like to get sweaty at a gym or prefer the calming stretches of yoga. Join a local basketball or soccer team, or even organize a local game of petanque (FPUSA - basically outdoor bowling) if you are in your golden years.
7. Go on a Solo Holiday
As I mentioned in point 3 you should budget for a holiday, and why not a solo holiday! I often go on short holidays on my own for the sole reason of everything that gets done is my choice with zero compromises. There is no discussion if one wants to go for the sightseeing or another wants to laze by the pool. Having this complete control over your own holiday allows you to appreciate more your destination, and you can even meet some lovely people!
8. Talk to Family & Friends about Your Feelings
We all know at least one person who speaks non-stop about themselves. Do not let those people discourage you. It is good to talk about your feelings, good and bad. Sharing your fears and desires with your family and friends can help you overcome your worries and encourage you to take the first steps to achieve your goals. A phone call in the evening, a coffee in the morning, or lunch in the afternoon. Just be considerate to your audience and allow them also to share.
9. Keep a Gratitude Journal
A great habit I heard from one of my managers was her keeping a gratitude journal. At the end of each day write down the things you are thankful for in a dedicated journal. You will see that it may be difficult at the beginning, or if nothing exceptional happens that day. Include everything. The smoothie you made was the most delicious one yet, the radio played a song you haven’t heard in a while that brought back pleasant memories, the kids went to bed on time. You will find yourself being more observant of daily happenings that you are actually grateful for and you will be filling those pages in no time.
Smiling and laughter are the best medicine. Milk spills over? Smile rather than get annoyed. Storm starts overhead, smile rather than get frustrated, dog barking again all night, smile rather than getting angry. This little practice will not only boost your regular mood but it will also encourage the better wrinkles (who wants frown lines, right?). When you are walking down the street smile, this is really important, because if someone else is having a bad day you might just make theirs with your smile.
These tips will certainly make you happier, and a happy person is a healthy person. Please leave a comment below of any tips you would like to share with our community!
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