By: Dr. Trevor Tew
The majority of us live our lives on the go, spending our time catering to others and getting our daily tasks done. The importance of self-care is easily pushed aside when we don't put forth a conscious effort. Self-care keeps us healthy both mentally and physically. With a few tips and tricks, we can make self-care a habitual pattern, and thrive through the positives that come alongside it. So where do we start, how do we become engaged?
Find what is most personally beneficial, and run with it- Self-care can look incredibly different for each and every one of us. The first step is to seek out what is most enjoyable and relieving to you. To some, this could be as simple as getting yourself moving for a quick 30 minutes each day. Put your device down, block out the technological world and focus on spending 30 minutes performing your favorite physical activity. To others, establishing a personal morning routine would be more beneficial. Being awake before the rest of the community around you can bring a feeling of contentment. Our brains tend to be more alert and productive in the morning. With an added hour to your day, you are giving yourself time for a nutritious breakfast or some extra reading, writing and personal time.
Start saying no to others, and yes to yourself- The ability to say no to others can be one of the hardest habits to break when you've lived your life spreading yourself too thin appeasing others. Our mental and physical health is directly correlated to the daily tasks and activities we bring ourselves to. When you are running on a “half tank”, your ability to provide utmost attention when necessary is diminished. When saying “yes” to tasks that don't positively benefit us, we tend to become burned out which leads to exhaustion, irritability, and anxiety. The ability to get ahead is nearly nonexistent causing an increase in stress. Choose yourself and your personal happiness, it's the only way we are going to get rid of the unnecessary stress that is always on our plate.
Schedule your self-care time- We all want this transition to come naturally, but it's important to schedule this time out rather than hoping it will happen effortlessly. As previously mentioned, if you are wanting to create this self-care time in the morning, be sure to set that alarm and avoid pushing snooze. Studies show that if you debate a decision for more than 5 seconds or more, you are much more likely to say no. Set those feet on the ground or possibly try spritzing your face with a mix of water and essential oils, whatever it takes! Whether you choose to create self-care time in the morning, your lunch break, or in the evening, be sure to schedule this time into your day like you would with anything else. The more we can work these moments into our daily lives, the ability for growth, health improvement, and mental stability become more readily available.
Remember, self-care is something we need to actively choose and plan each day, it's not going to come naturally. Keeping a conscious mind to the decisions we make is key. If we are saying no to the things that do not benefit us anymore, we are opening more time for personal growth and self-improvement that was not there before. We as humans crave connection to ourselves and the world around us, let's see what can happen when we put forth an effort to make this self-care habitual in our daily lives.