Today I wish you grace. Today I offer you 5 minutes to finally pay attention to the one person you always neglect -- yourself.
It doesn't matter who you are. You are pulled in different directions, always moments away from someone needing something. There is no rest. There is no quiet. There is no time to just be. In the pursuit of being everything to everyone, you are nobody to yourself. With each day, you feel more tired, more drained, and the years pass all the same. Your health isn't where it needs to be. You have sacrificed yourself for everyone else.
It's time to make yourself a priority too. It's time to be everything to yourself.
How can you practice self-care? We made a 10-point list to ease your start:
1. Identify where you can give yourself grace
When are you the most critical about yourself? What do you judge yourself on most? We tend to be our own worst critics when we need to be our biggest advocates. Forgive your shortcomings and see how wonderful you are. Confidence and self-love is the most significant investment you can make.
2. Have a meeting with yourself
Some people say, "if it isn't on the calendar, it isn't happening." Make time for yourself and put it on your calendar. Block time out to meditate, read, or whatever you need to recharge your soul batteries.
3. Take time to focus on what matters
There isn't enough time to do it all, but you can use your time and energy where it matters most. What are the key things you need to finish to get through your day? What can you let go of for the day? What can wait?
4. Forgive yourself for not being perfect
No one is. It's increasingly difficult to have a clear perspective when social media is bombarding us with filters and everyone's good news. Remember. When it comes to social media, people share their wins, not their failures
5. Give social media a break for a while
If you want to connect with someone, give them a call. Arrange a time to get coffee and catch up. Make time for face to face exchanges. It makes a difference.
6. Stop standing in your own way
Self-sabotage is real. What actions are you taking to free yourself from your insecurities? When you look back at your past decisions, are you keeping yourself from hitting your true potential? Wonder how you can take action to stop your self-sabotaging actions? Start now.
7. Get out in nature
Stop what you are doing and get closer to nature with a walk. Taking a walk can not only provide exercise options, but also get some much needed fresh air, sunlight, and a moment to reflect.
8. Listen to your body
Between diets, running around, and working all the time, it can feel like all we do is deprive ourselves. Listen to what your body needs, regardless of whether or not it's rest, laughter, time with friends, or merely a break.
9. Know your boundaries
Burnout is a real and dangerous thing that is becoming too commonplace. By understanding, you aren't a superhero who can work long hours every day under constant stress; you can start setting boundaries to keep you physically, emotionally, and mentally fit.
10. More honest with others
No one wants to be seen as weak or in need, but we need to have that dialogue about how we are feeling. If you need help, ask for it. If you are sad and need to share your pain, share it. You can't keep all of those feelings inside. Be honest about your feelings, and you'd be surprised just how many people show up to help you.
So take that moment, seize control over your life and find what self-care means to you. What do you currently do to take care of yourself? Is it working? Can you do more? You can share your thoughts in the comments below.
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