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Self-Care doesn’t have to be anything fancy, it just has to be done every day.
Practicing self-care – sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it? I’m not gonna sugar coat it, there is some work involved. Don’t worry, it’s not as difficult as it seems.
And yeah, there are some great ideas and tips out there, but self-care doesn’t have to be about having spa days or lighting candles while taking a hot bath. The truth is, self-care can be pretty simple, and it’s so important to make sure you’re taking care of yourself every single day.
One of the most important parts of self-care is having self-awareness. If you pay attention to how your mind and body are feeling, you’ll know what parts of yourself you need to work on. Your mind and body will always tell you what they need, but you have to be able to listen and follow through.
I had to learn the hard way just how important it is to stop and make time to take care of yourself. If you want to know what the consequences can be for not practicing basic self-care, read my post on The Time I Temporarily Lost My Mind. What happened to me continues to affect parts of my life even now.
Because of my own experience, I decided not only to share it, but to also share how simple practicing self-care really can be. There are some great self-care ideas out there, but they can be intimidating and overwhelming. Instead, I want to focus on the absolute basics of what you should be doing for yourself on a daily basis.
Are you ready? Ok, here we go.
Create healthy eating habits –
Think about the foods you’re putting into your body, and the effects they have. You should also make sure you’re eating enough and/or not over eating. Sugar is one of the worst things you can put into your body. I found this list of 146 Reasons Sugar Ruins Your Health. It puts things into perspective.
Even after knowing how bad some foods can be, sometimes I just can’t help myself. And that’s ok, but there has to be balance. You can’t eat horribly all the time and expect to feel good. It doesn’t work like that.
Get enough sleep –
Creating a bedtime schedule is another way of practicing basic self-care. Getting enough sleep is necessary for you to be able to function at your best. Did you know that most adults need at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep? Everyone is different, so you may require more or less than that, but it’s a base guideline to go by.
Avoid unnecessary stress –
Obviously there are some life stresses we just can’t avoid, but we can cut out extra stress. Don’t put more on your plate than you know you can handle. It’s ok and necessary to say no sometimes. For the unavoidable stress, take time to decompress from it all. This could be as simple as going for a walk or taking a hot shower.
Make time for growth –
Every single one of us has room for growth and self-improvement. Improving your coping skills and practicing stress management techniques go a long way. Everyone is always looking for an easy fix. There is no easy fix. Self-care and self-improvement are life long commitments you have to make to yourself if you want to move forward.
So yeah, you have to actually put in some work. Some effort. You have to actually TRY.
On the bright side, there are SO MANY options out there that can help. You just have to choose to get started. 🙂
Find a great counselor or even a life coach, pick up some self-help books, just get started. Making the decision to take that first step is the key to moving forward.
Just make time to take care of yourself.
Honestly, the most important step is just stopping to make time for yourself. Take time to unwind, relax your mind and body and just be. It doesn’t have to be complicated, and it doesn’t require tons of your time.
But it’s absolutely necessary for your mental and physical health and well being. You are worth it.