4 Things to Do for Yourself Starting Now
By Sandy Schroeder
Most of us fill many roles. Who are you? Mom, dad, co-worker, friend, daughter, son, or neighbor? Each role takes time and energy. But what about you? When do you take care of yourself?
Lifehack asked this question recently, and I had to admit my self-care time lags. I really do intend to go for a run, eat healthier, and take time to unwind. But too many tasks absorb the available time.
Here are four things to start doing now to take care of yourself.
Stop Doing Screens First Thing in the Morning
If you immediately check for emails, calls, and updates when you get up, you may find yourself reacting to other people’s needs first throughout the day. Instead, take the first hour for yourself. Enjoy your coffee, do a few stretches, talk with your family. Then move into your day. Researchers say you will be a lot more productive.
Discover Meditation and Mindfulness
Take a few minutes each day to mentally and physically step away. Your mind may clear. You may have a stronger work focus. You may interact better with others. Anxiety may gradually drop away.
When stress soars, close the door, or step outside. Sit quietly and breathe. To make this a mindfulness meditation, let your thoughts stream by unjudged. When you return, everything may look better.
Build a Compliment File
Sometimes it is too easy to absorb criticism, and forget the compliments. The next time someone compliments you, file it away on paper, or on your computer. Later when you open the file, you may be amazed at what was said. You may be a terrific organizer, great people person, creative sparkplug. It is important for you to remember that.
Make the Outdoors Part of Your Day
Being outside for as little as 15 minutes a day can lower stress and increase optimism. If you sit at work, use the time to take a walk, or do a few stretches. At the same time, absorb some Vitamin D, and watch your mood improve. As summer approaches, consider dining outside more often, or heading for the park after work.
As the days roll ahead, you may feel better. Reserving time for self-care is essential for good physical and mental health. Think about the things that make you happiest, and make sure they get included in your day. Enjoy!
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