How To Begin Prioritizing Your Own Self Care

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Contrary to what many people believe today, prioritizing your own self care isn’t selfish or wrong. It doesn’t matter if you’re single or if you have a family to look after; taking care of yourself first and foremost is one of the most important and beneficial things you can do for everybody.

If you don’t make time for self care, a few things will happen. You’ll have less energy, and feel less capable of following through on your goals and completing to do lists. Your stress levels will be higher, and your sleep could suffer. Your creativity could suffer, and your mental health will likely begin to suffer as you feel deprived, frustrated, and irritable. Making sure you carve out the time for own self care is a must!

If you’re not used to doing this, this guide is designed to help you. Read on for some pointers that will get you started:

Start With Just 10-15 Minutes Per Day
You don’t have to spend hours pampering yourself each day to take care of yourself. Get back in touch with your feelings by journaling each day, even just a short entry. Spend as little as 10-15 minutes taking care of yourself and not worrying about anything else, and then building yourself up a little more if you’re not used to it.

Plan For Food That Fuels You
Make sure you take the time to prepare and plan for food that will fuel you throughout the day, rather than grabbing food on the go and eating lots of junk food. Eating food that doesn’t benefit you nutritionally will only be detrimental to your physical and mental health in the long run.

Plan For A Small Amount Of Exercise
You don’t have to spend hours in the gym, but planning for a small amount of exercise will get your blood pumping and encourage those endorphins to come out of hiding! You should find that you feel better in all aspects of your life and that you look better, too. You could try doing a few circuits, swimming, walking more, or even doing some yoga poses. Getting up a little earlier and doing it in the morning will have a positive impact on the rest of your day.

Find Other Ways To Make Yourself Feel Good
Find other things that make you feel good and do them. Spend some time on your hobbies, Stay away from the TV. Make yourself look nice; book yourself in at the dentist for your cleaning partial dentures treatment, maybe have them whitened, do your hair, take a little more time simply presenting yourself to the world each day. Make sure it makes you feel good.

Stop Multitasking
Multitasking actually slows us down. It makes us less productive than we think we are when we’re doing it. Focus on one task at a time!

Learn How To Say No
Don’t be the person who always says yes because they are afraid of upsetting anybody. Learn how to say no when you don’t want to do something or when you know it will affect you negatively in some way.

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I personally am horrible at self-care but in my line of work, self-care is essential for me to function. I work with youth who are constantly in crisis. It takes its tool on me. You can read more about it here.

I started writing more (blogging does not count!). I have found that when I allow myself to be creative, I am able to channel any pent-up feelings, emotions, and/or frustrations through the power of my pen. Writing allows me to process.

I also stopped multitasking. Sometimes it is hard to do, but I have been able to execute activities a lot faster by not multitasking. 

What do you do for self-care? Leave a comment below. I would love to see how others mange their own care. 

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