Are you taking good care of yourself, and not only of other people? It can be harder during this time of year, but it is an essential practice!
Good self-care is part of a solid, healthy foundation for a great life. It makes success in all areas of life more possible and reachable.
Here is a checklist to get you started, or to help you continue to take excellent care of yourself! There are many different aspects of self-care. You may be doing great in one area, and not in another. We are multi-faceted and multi-layered. We change all the time.
Our states of emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental health are all inter-related. Do not despair if you are not currently taking superb care of yourself. Just notice and observe, and begin making small, daily steps to improve. Be kind to yourself!
Sleep, rest, and meditation
Eating healthy food, drinking plenty of water, and taking vitamins if you need to
Exercise, deep breathing, and getting daily fresh air
Maintaining physical health, and getting checked and treated by doctors when necessary
Nurturing your close relationships
Being part of a support system, and feeling secure and strong in the give and take of that
Taking small breaks throughout the day
Taking moments to laugh and enjoy life, even in the midst of busy days
Asking for what you need in an assertive way, and choosing your battles
Paying attention to your own needs instead of denying or ignoring them
Unapologetically doing what is right for you, and not feeling the need to explain every choice
Seeking guidance, wisdom, and help when you need it
Taking time to be clear on what you really want, which is the first step toward getting it
Being disciplined enough for good health and self-esteem, while also allowing yourself treats
Letting things go when they really don't matter, in the interest of peace
Focusing on positive thoughts, and not giving energy to negative thoughts
Prioritizing in a way that makes sense to you and keeps you true to yourself and your goals
Making time to pursue your interests, and to learn more about what makes you curious
Taking the occasional break from daily life requirements, and getting away when you can!
When we care for ourselves, we can better care for others, lead happier lives, and reach our goals! Enjoy the day, and be good to yourself!