Quick and Easy Ways to Jump-start Your Self Care (from Spark)
I know you are busy. Donít worry. Self-care doesnít need to take over the rest of your life. In fact, when you give yourself what you really need, you are likely to be more energized and productive.
You can start spiffing up your self-care routine today with three simple acts. 1. Create a habit of checking in with yourself. This is how you will stay connected with yourself and start identifying the care that you really need. Journaling is an excellent way to do this. If writing just isnít your thing, schedule ten minutes at the start of your day to sit or walk quietly and reflect on your needs and priorities. This may not come easily at first, but gradually, you will become more aware of what you need and how you feel. Self-care means paying attention to your needs and addressing them directly, instead of avoiding them or resorting to habits like overeating or procrastination.
2. Start putting you on your priority list. Donít add more stress. Take small steps. Put yourself on your calendar--plan and commit to meeting your needs. Set a goal of doing one lovely thing for yourself daily. It doesnít have to be major, just something that works that self-care muscle. Put flowers on your desk, take a short walk at lunch, or make time to call a friend and share a laugh.
3. Give yourself time to get comfortable. Donít feel silly if self-care doesnít come naturally at first. Many busy people have more experience taking care of others than they do with taking care of themselves. Donít let guilt stop you. Make a list of all the ways you function and serve the world better when you give yourself what you need. Learn and tweak as you try things out.
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