How many of you have found yourself stressed out and short on time at the end of the day, so you sacrifice time that should be spent on caring for yourself as a result .
Maybe you got home late from work due to getting stuck in traffic, and had to rush to put dinner on the table, so you sacrificed your daily evening workout.
Or maybe you had a bad day and are super stressed out, so you ran through the drive through and had an unhealthy meal, or went home and finished off an entire pint of ice-cream that was supposed to be reserved for a special treat.
It happens. Life happens to all of us. Some days it can be hard to prioritize self-care when unexpected things happen in your life. But, it is during those times, that it is more important than ever to have a regular self-care regimen in place, and see it as a priority, so that when these pesky curve balls get thrown into our daily lives, we have the physical and mental strength to deal with them effectively allowing them to cause as little disruption to our lives as possible, so we don’t get derailed by them.
When you teach yourself to value your self care and make it a high priority in your life, it becomes easier to deal with all those little stressors (and even some of those big ones too) that pop up.
Here are five ways we can practice self care in our everyday lives:
- Clean, healthy nutrition – Fuel your body with clean, whole food ingredients (in as close to their natural state as possible), to ensure that your body systems have what they need (and nothing they don’t) to function optimally.
- Fitness – Do some type of brisk exercise, for about 150 minutes per week, to help prevent illness and injury, strengthen your immune system, and keep your body strong and healthy.
- Stress Relief – Practice meditation, creative visualization, mindful breathing, or some other form of mental relaxation technique to help decrease and relieve stress and keep yourself centered. Better yet practice yoga or tai-chi that helps strengthen and tone the body as well as the mind.
- Time Management – Work on ways that help you manage your time effectively and be more productive so you have more time for other important things like family, and self-care.
- Me Time – Incorporate regular self care into your daily and weekly routines. Get your nails or your hair done. Take a bubble bath. Go for a walk in the woods. Go to a movie with your bestie. Block out chunks of time daily and weekly and treat that time like you would any other important appointment! Make that time a priority just like you would a doctor’s appointment, or an important work task.
Practicing self care consistently and making yourself a priority in your life will help you power through those disruptions that inevitably pop up without sacrificing yourself in the process. After all, there isn’t another you, so take care of the you that you’ve got!