I noticed this cycle of events that I seem to always do. I am learning to have a balance. All work and no play or relaxation can lead me to the hospital. So I am learning the “art” of self care. I struggled with self-care most of my life and didn’t really understand why. I would be doing good for a while but slowly revert back to bad health habits. However I have made a life style decision to learn self-care and stick to it for the rest of my life. When I feel like I am off balance I have to take a step back and reevaluate myself.
In order to help and care for others, I must first have to take good care of myself. Here are some tips to improve your self care habits.
What I learned so far is to have a schedule. I started scheduling out my time and activities. To remain organize, get a planner. This helped me with consistency. My schedule included a sleep routine. I try to go to bed around the same time everyday.
Besides sleep, eating healthy foods helps with your health. Maintaining a well-balanced diet helps with overall energy and stamina for day-to-day living. It also prevents diseases, short term memory loss, and inflammation.
I learned one thing I can’t get back is time. With self-care, I learned to use my time wisely and to have some “me-time”. Life can have anyone going into several directions however, you determine what you spend your time on. Setting aside time for yourself and others is considered self-care as well. Find ways you can included this in your everyday life, such taking a walk, reading, going to movies with friends, or even a massage.
I learned that I am only one person and there is only 24 hours in a day. Somethings can’t get everything done in one day so chose what you can do now for yourself and others. What you can’t finish now, do later.
Our bodies is made up of over 60% of water. Drinking 8 glasses of water a day helps your body replenish itself.
Other tips includes listening to music, mediate, bubble bath, exercise, and work on anything that inspires you. These are some ways that self-care can be apart of your life.