In the midst of life, sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves. And then 10 years later, you wake up and realise you haven’t experienced half of the things on your bucket list and your burnt out and exhausted.
Don’t forget about you! Take some time and incorporate a few – or all – of these lifestyle changes all aimed at improving how you take care of yourself.
1. Take some ME time
When it comes to self-care this is the number one step. You need to have some time alone, time where you can switch off from life’s distractions. One of those distractions for me is social media especially Instagram. I spend so much time each morning, before bed, during the day scrolling through the feeds . Never really switching off. Often, I can’t help but compare myself to what’s being posted, analysing the pictures, the comments, the lifestyle and comparing it with my own. It means that I am constantly ON. And it’s important to be OFF.
Take at least 10 minutes a day to simply ‘be’. This means no phone, no tv, no laptop, but some time to reflect and relax your mind. It’s amazing the effect it can have on your outlook to life, your happiness and your wellbeing.
2. Just say no
Now, I know for many of us this will be a hard pill to swallow, but you are allowed to decline a invitation. You don’t have to say yes to every request, especially if it involves something you don’t enjoy doing or if you simply have no interest in it. It may result in some hurt feelings along the way, but time is precious, and you should spend yours doing the things you love without the guilt. The life changing magic of not giving a f***, really highlighted this area for me. Often, I would feel guilty for declining events I simply did not want to attend e.g. the launch of a female snowboarding line. But I found that if I told my friends what I was about and more importantly what I was NOT about they didn’t crucify me for not attending and there are other ways to show support other than suffering at an event for 3 hours.
3. Do something you love
This is really following on from the previous point. Say no, and do something you love instead. We can get so bogged down with work, commitments and responsibilities that we forget to pencil some time in for the things in life we enjoy. Don’t forget. You only live one life, so enjoy it! Now I’m not saying go and burn your work pants, I’m saying find some time – at least weekly – to do something you really enjoy, you can than me later.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
~ Steve Jobs
4. Compliment yourself
I am a big believer in the power of spoken word. I believe that you can literally speak life into existence. This can be done by complementing yourself, let yourself know how beautiful and intelligent you are. It will not only give you a boost in self-esteem, but you will also start seeing changes in your confidence and the way you view yourself which can significantly improve your wellbeing.
5. Get checked out
We all have responsibilities, school, work, kids, family, friends, but we still have to look after ourselves. You know that cough you’ve had for the last month GET IT CHECKED OUT. You remember that lump you found last week GET IT CHECKED OUT. It’s amazing the things that slip through the cracks when you don’t take the time to remember yourself. Don’t put everyone before you to your own detriment, they need you to stay around just as much as you need them.
Although I mentioned a few physical symptoms, it is just as true for mental ones. Your mental health is just as important. It shouldn’t take a breakdown for you to get moving and see someone GET IT CHECKED NOW! Or at least speak to someone about it, your health is important, and we need you around.