If you're like me, you're a woman on the go. You consistently pour into others and run from point A to point B, rarely stopping to take inventory on what you really need.
The older I get, the more appreciation I have for self-care. Now when I say "self-care," I'm not talking about manicure and pedicures and fancy lattes. While that may be the case for some people, please don't believe the hype that self-care is expensive. I believe the opposite --- NOT taking care of yourself is the most expensive thing you can do!
In this blog post, I share 5 things that you can start today (for FREE!) to start taking intentional steps to prioritize your self-care.
1. Keep things in perspective
If you don't read anything further, please read this. I promise you, no matter what is going on in your life right now, there is someone else praying for the very things that are stressing you out.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting that you shouldn’t have goals and want things to be better in your life. My point is that you should keep in mind the fact that you should try not to be so hard on yourself if things aren’t going the way you want them to.
Instead, keep a list of things that you're grateful for. When things get tough, look back at that list to give your perspective a shift in the right direction. Brush yourself off and keep moving forward.
2. Drink more water
I need this reminder more that I care to admit! No matter how much water you’re drinking, you should probably be drinking more. Now, I’m no medical professional, but I know that I physically feel worse when I’m not drinking the amount of water that I should be drinking.
There are so many ways to increase your water intake. You can drink water when first wake-up, drink water before each meal (which also helps to curb your appetite), use a cell alarm to remind you to drink water throughout the day, or get an accountability buddy to make sure you’re staying on track with your goal.
Like with everything, progress is the goal!
3. Keep a laugh file
This one sounds weird, but hang with me! Do you have pictures that make you laugh every time you look at them? Maybe memes or gifs that literally make you laugh out loud (not that silent chuckle we do in our heads)? Well, where do you keep them?
In my phone, I keep all of my pictures that make me smile or laugh in a special folder that I can easily get back to. On Facebook, I save funny memes and gifs in a private folder for the sole reason of coming back to it when I need a good laugh.
This is probably my favorite tip on this list. We talked about it in a recent HeartWear Jewelry VIP Club Tuesday Talk. If you’re interested in joining a group of like-minded women who meet virtually to encourage others, join us! I’d love to chat with you in our next Tuesday Talk.
4. Prioritize your sleep
This is a hard one. We all know that sleep is important, but we also feel that there are not enough hours in the day.
One thing that I'm learning right now is the benefit of getting to bed at a good time, waking up before the kids (around 5 am), and getting what feels like a head start on my day. While the day is not literally getting longer, it feels like it is and I don't feel like I'm playing catchup all day.
5. Move more
Staying active is always a good bet. When I think back on my high school days, a time where I could eat whatever I wanted and not gain a pound, the biggest difference between then and now is my level of activity. Sure, I bet metabolism also has a big effect, but I'm in no way as active now as I was then.
Keeping your body active has a great impact on not only your physical health but also your mental health. Whether it's yoga or running, activity is activity in my book.
So, what do you do for self-care? I'm always looking for new ways to take care of myself and keep my cup full. Let us know below, and share this blog if you find it helpful!