Most working people whether they are CEOs, entrepreneurs, have healthcare industry jobs, or so on, pride themselves on being workaholics. Most people are so into their work, that self-care comes later or is not part of their daily schedule.
They wake up early to finish daily chores, run to the office, work hard daily, eat, and sleep or watch TV. There is only a small percent of people who take time to work out or do things that make their heart and body and soul happy.
But self-care is extremely important and not just when you are sick. Invest in a lifestyle that ensures that you are safe, healthy, happy, and stress-free daily. Unfortunately, taking me-time is last on the mind of every working person, and that includes home-makers too. Working every day, managing huge projects, and deadlines, or taking care of kids and other responsibilities makes you push back your me-time. Also, there are tons of people who feel guilty about taking some time off to rejuvenate and care for themselves.
All these habits are not healthy. Eventually, if you want to be happy and successful in both professional and personal front, you need to take care of your health daily. Investing in self-care now is the perfect way to live a happy and successful life.
So, without further ado, let’s look at some effective self-care tips.
Self-care is not a one-time thing; you need to practice it daily if you want to impact your life in a positive way. So, for that to happen, you should have a daily routine that includes taking some time out for yourself.
For instance, waking up at the same time, meditating and expressing gratitude before using your phone is important. After that, you can set a time in the morning to check your mails, and so on.
Exercising should also be part of your daily routine. Whether you want to run or take a walk, do cardio or Yoga, that is up to you. But make it a part of your life.
2. Schedule me-time
Sometimes in the morning, it is impossible to do meditation or exercise or so on. It is because you have tons of chores and responsibilities to perform in the morning. But that is the same throughout the day as when you get to work, it will be impossible to find time for yourself.
Take a cue from successful entrepreneurs who always find some ‘me-time’ daily. In this me-time, you can do whatever you want that alleviates your mind from tension and makes you happy.
That can be writing in a journal or doing exercise or listening to some podcasts or songs or talking to your family members.
3. Sleep is a necessary element of self-care
When you don’t sleep well, you start a clock in your body which can make your body and mind unhealthy. Sleep deprivation can even lead to serious health issues. So, ensuring that you get that full eight hours of uninterrupted sleep.
How to do that if you are unable to sleep or it takes you too long to sleep? Well, first find out the reason why you cannot sleep, and then measure in that direction. Reduce stress and to do that, you can meditate or write a journal.
Also, ensure that you never use electronic gadgets at least an hour before your sleeping time. Moreover, never consume sugary or caffeine products too before sleeping as it provides you with energy that makes it impossible to sleep early.
4. Pat yourself on the back
I mean both figuratively and literally. When you do a good job at your work, and achieve your goals, reward yourself. Yes, you would like your team members or manager to acknowledge. But even if they don’t, and you know that what you achieved was a big deal, you should reward yourself.
It will keep you positive and will encourage you to work harder.
5. Take off days
Every month you should take a few days off from work. It will give you time to disconnect from any work and focus on yourself and your family. Few days where you don’t have to worry about work, or meeting deadlines, or creating presentations is important.
It will give you time to do the things you want to do or to lie on the couch. Most importantly, you can take these days to reevaluate your life, and figure out a plan on how to include self-care in your daily routine.
6. Use posters
You can create self-care posters using Canva, and stick it into your office and home. They can remind you to take some time off every now and then and go for a walk. At home, it can remind you to switch off that television, clean up, and go to sleep at a reasonable time.
7. Reflect on the best things about a day
The most important element of self-care is to stay positive so that you don’t get anxious or depressed. One of the best ways to do that is by finding the positive things even on the worst days.
So, at night, reflect on your whole day, and write the best things that happened to you that day. You can find three things even on a bad day.
Also, don’t keep your negative feelings inside, let them out or it will make you hollow from inside. It can stress you out and make you feel angry. Thus, write them in a journal and burn those pages off.
8. Take care of your gut
Another best way to self-care is by taking care of your gut. So, eat food that keeps your gut healthy like food high in proteins and fiber. When your gut is healthy, you will be healthy too.
Take-home meals to your workplace or eats healthy food there. Don’t gauge on junk food every day.
9. Saying no is crucial
It is crucial to say no to others when you know you will not be able to handle more work or stress. Saying no is not a sign of weakness, it shows that you prioritize yourself first. If you don’t take care of yourself, you cannot look after others.
Self-care is a journey, so start it today and invest it in daily to live a better life.