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Nowadays, many of us are too busy to take care of themselves. I know I am. Or at least, that is what I often think. However, if you want to stay both physically and emotionally healthy, it is essential to practice self-care. Self-care isn’t just about your physical being. It isn’t just about eating the right things and exercising. It is also about taking care of your mind and emotions. About working on your happiness.
If you practice self-care, you will feel better about yourself. This will help you take better care of others. If you are the best you that you can be, you are in the best position to serve others. But there’s something else that is very important when it comes to self-care: it fosters positivity. And positivity attracts positivity. If you believe in the Law of Attraction, you must know that self-care is vital. If you live a happy and abundant life, you maintain a high vibration and attract what you want.
But: how can you practice self-care, even when you’re busy or feel that you don’t deserve some time for yourself? It doesn’t have to be difficult, especially not if you are able to incorporate some easy routines into your daily life.
7 Easy Daily Ways To Practice Self-Care
1. Take a break
For me as an entrepreneur, this used to be a challenge. And then I was diagnosed with some type of RSI, so I was forced to take some breaks. Now, I take a break from my computer every 50 minutes. Depending on how busy I am that day, I use that time to watch TV, drink some tea or do laundry or other chores.
Of course; taking a break can also be for a longer period of time. Go away for the weekend and get inspired by new surroundings.
2. Be grateful for your body
People often focus on what they don’t like about their bodies. They’re overweight, they don’t like their freckles, or they’re short. Stop doing that. Be grateful for your body the way that it is, and focus on that. I never gave my body much thought, but since I’m more active with running and sports, I find myself being really thankful that my body is able to support me in doing this.
3. Say ‘no’ and be OK with it
If someone asks you to do something and you don’t really feel like it: just say ‘no’, and don’t give it another thought. Don’t come up with an excuse; the fact that you don’t want to do it or don’t feel like it, is reason enough.
4. Keep a journal
Journaling (or writing in general) is a great way to work on self-reflection. Take 10-15 minutes a day and write about your day, about how you felt about. This will help you get a clear idea of whether or not you are doing what you’re supposed to do. It will also help you feel grateful for everything that you have. I use The 100-Day Journal by Anne-Sophie Gaspersz from WeCreate for this. This undated journal offers room for affirmations and goals in the morning, and gratitude and lessons in the evening. It helps increasing your happiness, gratitude, and productivity.
5. Focus on the present
If you’re a goal digger, this might be a challenge. After all; if you’re chasing goals, you are probably looking to the future all the time. However, it is very important to be present in the present. You can achieve this by using breathing exercises or meditation. I love using the app InsightTimer for this; that’s a free app that offers all kinds of (guided) meditation, for a range of subjects.
6. Take time for your passions
Find out what you love doing, what makes you happy, and take the time to do that. If you want to be the very best you that you can be, you must work on your passions. Even if it’s just one hour a week!
7. Evolve with the seasons
Everything is changing all the time, both internally and externally. Therefore, it doesn’t make sense to try and stay the same all the time. Evolve with the seasons. In the summer, take the time to enjoy nature, BBQ’s and ice-cold cocktails. In the winter, enjoy hot chocolates, reading by the fire, and long (bubble!) baths.
What are your challenges when it comes to practicing self-care?