Self-care is not only vital because we deserve to feel and be at our best, but we need to be at our best for our families, friends, and those we encounter daily. This time of the year can be overwhelming for some and can flood you with stress if you aren’t careful.
Making a sincere effort to incorporate self-care into your day is not always easy, but it can be done. Staying on a routine and making it a priority will take some adjustment at first, but once you have made it into a regular habit, you will be so much happier and less stressed.
I am providing a list of five ways that you can incorporate self-care into your day. These are small and do not take much time. You will not feel better if you do not at least try them. The only thing you have to lose is stress and anxiety. Be open-minded and do not let the negative self-talk talk you out of your self-care habits.
Be present throughout your day. It is a simple concept; however, I know it is easier said than done. It takes a conscious effort on your part but really all you have to do is to be more aware of your surroundings. Listen, look, feel, and smell all that is around you. Most people live in a fog and miss out on all that is around them. Ignore the chatter going on in your mind and when you realize that you are listening to that voice, focus on your breathing and/ or tell yourself what your senses are picking up.
Say no. You do not have to please everyone by saying yes to their requests. No is an answer and you do not have to explain. You are not superman or superwoman…you are human, so do not feel guilty if you are choosing yourself above anyone else.
Deep breathing. Throughout your day, no matter where you are at, you can incorporate deep breathing. An example would be that you are waiting at the school to pick up your child. Get there a couple of minutes early, sit in your car, close your eyes, and take deep breaths. Taking a deep breath in, holding it for the count of 4, release all the air out. Continue this three or four times. It is amazing how much better you will feel.
Go for a walk outside. Being outside in the sun is very energizing. While on your walk, remember to be present and enjoy the glimpses of heaven that are right in front of you. Remember to ignore the self-talk. It is your mind trying to distract you with unnecessary tasks and/or stories that really do not need your immediate attention.
Recognize distractions. We encounter several distractions throughout our day and the one that affects most of us is our smartphones. It is great to have our phones with us for several reasons, but I know you are able to close Facebook and the internet for five minutes so you can be present in your day and melt that stress away.
Self-care is one way to help balance your mind, body, & spirit so when you find yourself in a stressful situation, you will be clear-headed enough to handle with little to no impact on yourself.