Do you ever forget to take care of yourself?
I know. You’re busy, and finding the time to take proper care of yourself can be hard. But if you don’t, it won’t be long before you’re battered from exhaustion and operating in a mental fog where it’s hard to care about anything or anyone.
The following ideas are tiny self-care activities you can fit into a short amount of time, usually with little cost.
Pick one from each category, and include them in your life this week.
1. Believe in yourself. You have a tremendous amount of personal power that you have but don’t necessarily see in yourself. This affects all aspects of your life because the more you become aware of your personal power, the more opportunities you will attract to you, because belief is the first step towards creation of what you want. If you don’t believe in yourself, your energy vibration will find other things of similar energy, so the more you believe in that power of yours that very much exists, the more you will attract experiences and people of that same vibration.
2. Maintain balance in your life. Just as the elements are earth, air, fire and water, we all have separate aspects of physical, mental, spiritual and emotional health needs. For example, if you are physically fit but neglect to take care of yourself emotionally, you need more balance. Almost all of us could use more balance in some way!
3. Once a week, make an appointment for yourself with yourself! Pretend like it’s a doctor appointment and that you cannot miss the appointment. Make the appointment for 1-2 hours and do whatever you want during that time. Don’t let anyone rob you of that time and do something that you fully enjoy. It could even be watching your favorite movie, if that’s what relaxes or energizes you. If you’re an extrovert, you c
an spend that time doing an activity with a friend, just make sure the activity is something you fully enjoy and that it isn’t compromising what you want to do.
4. Make a small amount of time for yourself every day! This especially goes with maintaining balance. No time is too little to appreciate. Even if it’s 15 more minutes a day than you currently make for yourself, it’s a step in an improved direction, especially if you make no time for yourself currently. Spend that 15 minutes a day doing something that nourishes you. It could be writing, reading, doing art, meditating, playing or listening to music that moves and relaxes you, going on a walk, spending time with your favorite pet, or anything else that nourishes your soul. If you can spend more than 15 minutes, do, but the important thing is to do this everyday and get in the habit, so if 15 minutes is all you can afford on some days, than it’s better to make a routine of 15 minutes everyday than to make an unrealistic goal and then give up because you couldn’t stick to it every single day.
If you are overworking yourself right now, some suggestions to make this time are: setting your alarm 15 minutes earlier, setting 15 minutes from your lunch break aside, or staying up 15 minutes later than usual. If you watch tv every day, try substituting part of that time to self-care. You probably spend 15 minutes watching commercials anyway, so ask yourself if there is some tv you are watching that you could surrender in exchange for more personal time. Some tv shows can be inspirational, but assess ALL shows you are watching and if any of them can be surrendered in exchange for more self-time.