Most often we tend to put our own health and well-being last as we try to help and please the people around us.
In theory this might sound wonderful, but in practice it simply doesn’t work.
Caring for ourselves translates into being able to care for others, which translates into powerful inspiration and a sense of well-being.
So let’s not just read it and delete it—start your self-care today by putting the following points into practice.
#1. Start your day with Meditation
Even if it’s just a 10-15 minutes, choose that time to clear errant thoughts and focus on that day’s outcome (mindlessly staring out the window counts!)
#2. Schedule “Me” Time
Focusing on work is a great excuse for not taking care of yourself. Like your business, if you don’t schedule it, it won’t happen. Put yourself on the calendar and keep your appointment!
#3. Get enough ZZZs
The scientific benefits of sleep are innumerable.
In addition to detoxifying the brain, sufficient sleep equates to better health and improved decision-making. Recharge those batteries.
#4. Let’s Get Physical
Sedentary life behind a computer screen, day after day will kill you. There, it’s been said.
Get up, get out, get moving. Not into marathons? Try yoga or simply go for a walk around the block or climb a few sets of stairs. Just move.
#5. Keep a Journal
This can be a great way to ‘download’ all the stuff from the day and defrag your ‘hard drive’ – aka your brain. Life can be very busy and keeping a journal can be very therapeutic. Go back and read Item #2 on this list.
#6. Crank up the Tunes
Listening to music you enjoy decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol in your body, which counteracts the effects of chronic stress. Combine this with Item #4 and bust a move.
#7. Make Time for Play and Remember to Laugh. A lot
Somewhere between childhood and adulthood, we’ve stopped playing. Play and laughter help us keep a positive, optimistic outlook through difficult situations and disappointments.
Laughter really is the best medicine. It makes us feel good and the good feeling that we get when we laugh and have fun remains with us even after the laughter subsides. A game of ‘Heads Up’ anyone?
Now Go Get Connected!