It’s so easy to fall into the typical rut of life, with the cycle of work, sleep, and repeat. That’s why most people fall into this trap at some point in their life, and generally only wake up when their bodies bite back in protest.
You deserve rest, and so do your mind and body. You don’t have to carve out hours a day for yourself, you can find just minutes in your daily schedule for self-care.
- While technology is awesome for many reasons, you need time unplugged from it, too. Don’t give in to the temptation of social media and news before you’ve looked after yourself properly. Take time to enjoy breakfast, and get ready without feeling rushed. Your phone can wait until you’re fully ready to face the day.
- Exercise won’t just keep your body fit and healthy, it’s also one of the keys to a happy mind. Just a bit of exercise can go a long way to relieving your stress. A brisk morning walk is sufficient to energize you for the day. Try getting up a bit earlier to fit that walk in. You can save time by having everything prepared the night before.
- Spending just ten minutes of your morning in meditation will provide your mind and body with a bit of balance for your day ahead. Allow yourself to focus on what you’re grateful for and practice some positive self-talk to get your motivation going.
- Journaling is an effective means of therapy. It doesn’t take much time to scrawl down some of your thoughts, whether it’s worries you want to get off your chest or something that you feel grateful for. Whether you keep it next to your bed or somewhere else, that’s handy for you, make a habit of recording a few paragraphs in it every day. The ideal time is before bed, especially if it’s negative thoughts you want to get rid of.
- There’s nothing wrong with finding an escape in a book. Everyone deserves peace from the stresses of life, so instead of scrolling through depressing breaking news on your phone, pick up a good book, and let your stress melt away.
- Catching up with an old friend is a great way to reconnect with your best self. Adults tend to let friendships fade away, as most everyone is struggling to balance family and career. Your friends matter, though, so pick up the phone and have a conversation or better yet, arrange a meet up.
- Don’t be afraid to schedule time with yourself on your calendar. You would never forget a deadline in your daily planner or a meeting with your boss, so why should you leave yourself out of the equation?
- Don’t forget to eat! Pack your lunch for work the night before. You are far more likely to eat well if you have put thought into it. If you don’t take your lunch to work, you will be tempted to either skip eating altogether or opt for an unhealthy option. Feed your body well if you want your mind and energy to last through the rest of the day.
- Sleep is one of the most important things your brain requires. So, make sure you are getting a solid seven hours of sleep every night.
- Your days off should be about you, that means you shouldn’t check work emails, or take work home with you. Dedicate your days off to your family, friends, and the activities that you truly enjoy.
- Don’t let life drag you down, you are awesome, and you should remind yourself of that regularly.
Your most valuable asset is you and the most effective way to be your best self is by practicing self-care.
I’m an inclusive, not scary, totally normal yet heavily qualified yoga instructor and founder of YogaBellies® and the Birth ROCKS Method. I’m trained in self hypnosis and meditation and what I love is helping women (ALL women) enjoy yoga without having to whisper all the time and wear fancy activewear that cost a month’s rent.
I believe Yoga is for everyone.