Updated: Dec 29, 2020
When we hear the term "self care" or "putting yourself first" we might think about treating ourselves to a movie, getting at least 8 hours of sleep, or just saying "no" to request that we usually say yes to. Although these things maybe helpful in self care, there are other aspects of putting yourself first that you may need to put into practice as well. Here's three ways to get started. Listen To Your Body There is nothing shy about the body, it expresses how it feels without hesitation and when it does, you should listen. Do you have a a headache? Maybe you're stressing about something that's out of your control and should try shifting your focus. Are you feeling a little run-down or tiered all of the time? It could probably mean you need to take a time out or slow it down a bit. What about tummy or digestive issues? It's possible that you're just simply eating the wrong things and need to pay closer attention to your diet. I'm not a physical health expert but I do know that when our bodies are trying to communicate with us it's worth taking the time to figure out what we need to do in order to respond to it's complaint. Step Out Of Your Bubble
We often get so stuck into our everyday routines, tending to personal business, and babysitting our emotions, that we really don't take time out to see how we can lend others a helping hand. Whenever we're able to share our talent's, skills, or resources with those who are in need, we should take advantage of the opportunity and see it as self-love and not just a service. How is this self-love? Disconnecting from the everyday grind of "life management" (even for a little while) allows you to explore a side of yourself that you may not get to see shine as often as you should. Nothing tops that "feel good" energy that comes from connecting with others on a genuine level. So go out and donate some items, volunteer, give a compliment to someone, phone a friend/family member you haven't spoken to in a while, or be that listening ear for that person who needs to talk to someone. Being there for others is a great way to be there for yourself. Talk To Yourself Ok, I know it sounds strange to suggest that talking to yourself is a good thing but it actually is. Being able to verbalize your thoughts and hear them out loud helps you to strategize better. Did someone say or do something to hurt you? Talk that pain out, express how you didn't like what happened and how it made you feel, then give yourself permission to let it go. Anxious about how something is going to turn out in your life? Allow your ears to hear you say "at this moment I will not dwell on things I have no control over." Or is it that you have an issue that you can control but you're just searching for a solution? Try giving yourself a verbal run-through of how you can come up with a strategy to solve the problem. When we address the things that take up space in our minds we take authority of the situation, and when it's done verbally we speak the positive change into the atmosphere.