Nobody argues that taking care of yourself is a waste of time; it’s something that many of us feel to do, and even though we are very busy many of us appreciate the importance of self-care and ensuring that we look and feel great as often as possible. Some of us have children, careers, pets, and at home to keep up with, and ultimately we should take care of ourselves more often. Sometimes ill-health forces us into resting and thinking more carefully about taking care of ourselves. Still, mostly we are left to get on with things and find it difficult at times to fit time in for our self-care. Self-care doesn’t necessarily have to be extravagant, it can be as simple as picking up a book once in a while. And here are some ideas for you about how you can take care of yourself, and not worry about what other people think.
Have any health check, and all-round MOT can be the biggest self-care tool. Making sure that you have the correct glasses, hearing aids, medication, or devices in place that help you with your day-to-day life if needed, can be very important, even more so than you might think. Many people are walking around with the wrong prescription glasses, or missing out altogether, or also having problems with their teeth that drag them down on a day-to-day basis, this overtime can affect your mood and your overall happiness. So ensuring that everything you have is in place, and everything you need is high-quality, and working for you, is a beautiful act of self-care. Keeping an eye on those health appointments and The general doctor’s check-ups can save you ill-health further down the line. So this is one that you are want to make a priority.
Relaxation to many people might sound daunting, and while this is potentially true, it can be straightforward as well. There is no reason why you can’t spend 10 minutes today to take some time to ground yourself and relax for a short while. Some of the more straightforward options are meditation for 10 minutes a day, running a bath and putting candles around just for a short while, Some people even enjoy going for an actual run as relaxation. The trick is to find the thing that you enjoy doing, the activity that you enjoy most, and the idea that reduces your stress levels down. Whatever that is will be the key to reducing your stress levels.
Negative thinking can really ruin our outlook on life, so it is essential to get to grips with positive self-talk and ensuring that you aren’t bringing yourself down. Obviously, if you are struggling with your mental health, then you should speak to a medical professional, and seek help if necessary. But it’s quite common for us to be quite harmful and critical of ourselves quite often, so it’s a good idea to consider looking at positive ways to talk to yourself, it’s also essential that you speak to yourself as you would talk to a friend. Have a look in the mirror and listen to your voice when considering your appearance, and then imagine if you would say the same thing to anybody else? It’s doubtful that we would be as negative towards each other as we are to ourselves, and this is a great place to start when it comes to positive thinking. Nobody deserves to be down on themselves, and we should think carefully before we speak. Another critical component of being positive is to focus on the positive around you, looking at the birds in the sky, the gurgling baby in the pushchair, and the puppy running around, rather than the rubbish on the ground, and anything negative that you can see.
It’s not always easy taking care of ourselves; many people struggle, and there are plenty of us who hardly ever take time out to relax. But evidence shows that meditating for a short amount of time per day, and just taking a moment here in there to take care of yourself. It is possibly life-changing for you as well as for those around you. It’s so much easier to get on with life and consider what you need to do to be happy and cheerful as often as possible. Rather than being down in the dumps, and cynical about everything you see here or read. What is great about taking care of ourselves is that when we are smiling, we are at our best and feel great.
What’s your number 1 thing you do to take care of yourself to look and feel great? Let me know in the comments below!