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Loving Myself First
Today’s post is by Louise Pistole.
Everyone and everything has to wait.
Today, I’m loving myself first!
The doctor at the hospital said I had an anxiety attack.This happened three times and finally I knew I had to do something about it.After some soul searching and promises to myself, I started looking for ways to reduce my workload at the office and to take care of myself.
No, I’m NOT being Selfish!
Some benefits of regularly scheduled “me” time:
- Gives you a boost in confidence.
- Helps you recharge.
- Can improve your physical health.
- Helps to manage stress.
- Can make you more productive.
- Helps to keep you balanced mentally and emotionally.
- Boosts your energy levels.
Every season of the year brings different wellness issues. We’re in the fall, soon to be winter equinox which is often the hardest time of year. There are fewer hours of sunlight to boost our mood. Many days are cold and damp which leaves us fighting cold and flu symptoms. The holidays are often stressful. This is definitely a season for regular self-care.
Body, Mind and Soul are the most common areas of self-care.
I like to also include Lifestyle and Support in the mix.
Below are some simple suggestions to get you started in each of these areas.
Body – Taking care of your physical self.
Get enough sleep every night.
Strive for regular exercise; even small amounts are beneficial.
Eat healthy and nutritious meals.
Drink plenty of water.
Learn deep breathing techniques and practice.
Try yoga. You Tube has many videos to guide you.
Mind – Take care of your emotional self.
Write a few positive thoughts in a daily journal.
Read something interesting every day.
Listen to your favorite music. Pay attention to the tune and lyrics.
Get some sunlight, but don’t forget the sunscreen.
Recite affirmations that resonate with you.
Soul – Take care of your spiritual self.
Spend time meditating. Start with five minutes a day.
Write a short gratitude list daily.
Be still and do nothing. Listen to the peace around you.
Connect with nature.
Lifestyle – Take care of your social self.
Go for a short walk. Pay attention to things along the way.
Soak in the tub with bath salts… my personal favorite.
Spend time on a hobby.
Relax in your own special way.
Support – Take care of your encouraging self.
Seek companionship. It could be dinner or even a phone call.
Connect with those who love you unconditionally.
Pet a dog or cat. This is instantly calming.
Get lots of hugs. You can even hug yourself.
Take self-care seriously. Not only for yourself but for your loved ones.
Self-care is not just a buzz word. It is a real means to taking care of yourself so you can enjoy life, be happy and healthy and feel relaxed. Gradually start making time for a few minutes of self-care every day. Choose activities from the different groups above so you balance all areas of your life. A regularly scheduled time each day will make it easier for self-care to become a habit.
Relax. Savor the moments. Your body will thank you.
How will you start to add self-love to your schedule today?