Incorporate these 5 habits for self-care and develop a more well-rounded you.
Me time. Whether you wake up 30 minutes early or 2 hours early, do it. I have found that when I can sneak out of bed before anyone else and devote that alone time to reading, meditation, exercise or even just a hot shower, I feel good about the rest of the day. As any good boy or girl scout would say; Be Prepared and preparation gives me a sense of peace.
Take time to interrupt your thoughts and listen. When I do this, I am able to recognize & stop a negative thought pattern. Sometimes this looks like negative self-talk. When I pause I can regroup or recognize and appreciate the present.
Treat yourself. Treat your body to nourishing foods. When I eat more fruits and vegetables I am less likely to crave processed snacks or refined sugar. I am also more likely to savor my morning coffee or afternoon tea. When I do bake a cake or homemade brownies I can enjoy them without guilt because I can appreciate the time and effort that went into making them and know that this doesn’t make up the bulk of my diet.
Step outside. Step into new surroundings. It might sound like all I do is take breaks, but the truth is if breaks aren’t scheduled along with the rest of my day, I am likely to feel as though I ran around like a crazy, busy, mad mom with food all over her clothes and the idea that I didn’t accomplish enough. So, step outside and take a big breath of air among nature.
Find gratitude. Recounting moments from the day that I can be grateful for really recharges my thoughts. It’s like a free attitude adjustment. All you have to do is make a habit of regularly checking in to find gratitude in the day or the situation. I like to do this at breakfast and as I lie my head on the pillow at night.