Your 2020 self-care guide to a healthier and happier lifestyle
Self-Care is Important
"Self-care is never a selfish act - it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others." - Parker Palmer
Being on the constant grind is not an easy task, and more often than not, we forget to take care of ourselves. Yes you are busy; you are swamped with those many deadlines. But sooner or later you will burn out and you will be stuck in that mental fog, struggling for air.
It's also important to remember that self-care isn't a one time thing to check off your list of things to do. It consists of a series of steps you practice daily to soothe you, mentally and physically.
I should know. Freshman year of college I got stuck in a rut. I stopped going out and doing the things that I love, and ultimately I was the one who paid the price. Only until I realized that I myself am a priority did I return to being me again. So, I am going to share a few tips with you guys that helped me.
Step 1: A positive outlook
Especially in times like these, those that are full of uncertainty, we need to give ourselves a lil' extra love. Times are tough and as a result, people struggle to stay optimistic. Remedy this by starting to view the glass as half full. Don't dwell on the fact that you only did one thing on your checklist. Rather, think that you did that one thing so incredibly well and that you're one step closer to your goal. This may seem silly, but a positive outlook to life brings about more positive emotions.
After all, it is about progress, not perfection.
Step 2: Do things for you
Be a bit selfish. Make it a point to do one thing for yourself every day, just because you want to. Whether it be at home, or at work, a big portion of each of our days is spent fulfilling other people's requests. There is certainly no harm in allotting just one part of your day to yourself.
Step 3: Get out of your comfort zone
Have you been wanting to learn a new skill but just haven't gotten down to doing something about it? Well, now is the time! For me, baking and cooking bring me great peace of mind. For others, it might be cycling or working out. Whether you like folding batter with your hands or performing the downward dog, find your niche and get going.
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