"Self-care should be a habit, not an occasion." - Author Unknown
When I talk about self-care I’m not talking about taking a warm bubble bath while sipping wine and eating chocolate. I’m talking about true self-care. The stuff that helps keep you in balance not just defuses your mind for a little while.
- Get sleep. Ideally, between seven to nine hours a night works for most people. Find what’s right for you. For me, I can’t go any less than seven hours a night or I feel as though I’m coming down with a sickness.
- Exercise for thirty minutes a day at least five times a week. For me, I walk briskly for thirty minutes six days a week while listening to podcasts on my phone. Sometimes I’ll do a ten-minute yoga youtube video too. Or sometimes I’ll do a core targeting sequence. Heck, sometimes I’ll just hold a plank for a solid minute. No matter if/when I decided my body is craving a little something more, I always walk for thirty minutes at a brisk pace six days a week. When it’s nice out I walk up and down my driveway. When it’s cold or yucky I pace the length of my office. I use THIS STEP TRACKER to count my steps for me. (P.S. it’s $15)
- Eat right. I’m not saying that I don’t have sweets from time to time or that my family doesn’t go out to dinner ever. I’m saying to at least aim to eat right (healthy fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains) eighty percent of the time. I generally eat a salad a day. If not, I double up on veggies with my dinner.
- Drink plenty of water. I don’t aim for eight glasses a day. I’ve learned over the years my body enjoys three to four glasses of water in a day. Find what your body needs to thrive and give it to it.
- Take a step back from social media at least one day a week. I know I said this on my other page, but it’s because it’s true. We are often addicted to being distracted from our daily lives. Just take a single day off from reading what someone else had for lunch or who they’re arguing with now or what lemon life has chucked at them a few seconds ago. You’ll thank me. Trust me.
- Breathe. Realize some things are beyond your control and that’s ok. Take a breath. Accept what is and try to push through or detour, your choice.
- Cut out toxic people. Sounds harsh, but it’s one of the best things you can do for yourself. If someone is constantly bringing you down after every conversation or they bring more stress than you’re willing to handle in your life…cut them out.
Take care of you. You owe it to yourself.