What are the things you do in your day to day to take care of you? This could be as simple as your morning coffee routine to making sure you go to the gym at least 3 times this week. Below I list a few things that I make sure I do to take care of me…
Diet and Exercise
We shouldn’t underestimate the important of this in our self-care journey. It doesn’t mean we need to go on a strict low carb diet and hit the gym every day to aim for super lean and fit (I mean if that’s for you and your doing it right that’s fine) but be conscious of our food consumption and exercise routines is important. Taking care of ourselves comes from how we treat our body, having a balanced diet and working out or doing what you can to keep active will have a positive effect on how you feel and how you look. Feeling good about yourself means caring about yourself.
A good night sleep
How many of us have a great night’s sleep and wake up feeling miserable? None, and if you do trust me you didn’t have a good night’s sleep. Our body is a machine and just like your mobile phone it needs a good old charge to get you through the day. Feeling tired or drained is not going to allow us to perform at our best, our mood is affected, and as women this can very often affect our emotional reactions to things too. So put the gadgets on charge as well as yourself. Take care of business in the morning
Just like the shopping list is a reminder of everything you need in the supermarket, so you don’t get home and realise you forgot the milk. The to-do list is a simple way of remembering the things you need to get done, so write it down. This could be from the task you need to complete at work today, all the way to the things you need to do this month ie. Buy Mums birthday present, book a GP appointment. Refer to that list and keep ticking. The sense of accomplishment in that list going down is well worth it. And if something else pops up add it on, its time to prioritise and get organised girl. Taking care of your tasks is taking care of you.
Don’t be afraid to say No. It can be hard for us all to do at times as we don’t want to disappoint people or let them down. But in self-care you must do what makes you happy and sometimes that means saying no. If all your friends are going out on Saturday night and you’ve had a tough week at work and in need of some rest, maybe the financials are low this month. The pressure is on and the girls group chat is going wild everyone saying, “You better be there”. Is you saying no really going to affect your friendships? Well if it does you need some new friends and if it doesn’t you made a step putting your self-care first.
We can’t walk around thinking the worst and expecting the best in life it just doesn’t work like that. Although positive thoughts aren’t going to give you the best outcome each and every time it will affect your attitude towards things positively. Trust me the better we get at this the law of attraction will work in our favor and we will find ourselves having more and more reasons to be positive. Take care of your thoughts by not allowing negative ones to take over.
Wake up early and have time to do your hair and make-up
This is where having a good nights sleep is important to me too, so I can wake up without pressing the snooze and do my hair and make-up before I leave the house. Don’t get me wrong this doesn’t have to be an everyday face beat flawlessly, hair bouncy blow dried or or pressed to perfection but feeling good about how you look will reflect on how you feel, like it or not. So, take time to brush your hair in the morning and if you don’t want to put on make-up just apply your favorite skin care product to give you a glow. Do whatever is your version of taking care of your appearance.
I mean we all love a treat every now and then and that’s okay, so don’t feel bad for it if your doing it wisely. Your diet has been great today and you fancy a desert after dinner, so have it. That top you wanted to get last month but you didn’t have the money for is still in stock and now you got the money, so buy it. You missed the last girl’s night and this time round your ready to let your hair down, go have fun girl. Treating yourself is more than fine and not going to set you back when done in moderation. In order to take care of ourselves we got to have some fun and spoil ourselves too.
Be less judgmental
Now this works 2 ways - Don’t be so judgmental on yourself or others. We all mess up, we all will disappoint people and we are all on our own journeys so don’t be quick to judge where you are or where others are along the way. Its not a race and there’s no rule book of rights and wrongs. Self-care is understanding that we are all different entities doing things our way and that okay.
While our lists can vary and change from time to time these are main the things, I like to give priority to in taking care of me. Give them a try and let me know what you think...