4 Tips for Self-Care

Life is busy and hectic; there never seems to be enough hours in the day to satisfy all your obligations. When you are feeling over burdened by your responsibilities, you need to be proactive in your self-care; after all, no one else is going to do it for you.

Here are 4 tips to help you have the leisure and relaxation that your mind and body craves.

Say no
Learning to say no to people is tricky. Society dictates that your response to invitations and demands of your time should typically be yes. However, this means that you are time-starved for the relaxation and leisure pursuits. Look through your diary of the preceding months, are there many events that you attended, nights out and appointments that you felt obliged to attend?

Make a positive decision from this day forward that you will only attend things that you 100% want to. Saying no to people will not mean that you are ostracized; it just means that you when you do accept an invitation, you are more likely to enjoy it.

Treat Yourself
When was the last time that you treated yourself? In the ideal world you would treat yourself to a beachside vacation for tranquility, rejuvenation, and relaxation, but the reality your financial situation may not quite match your dreams. So, rather than focusing on what you can’t have, be realistic and seek an achievable treat. Whether you choose luxurious bathing salts or a favorite wine from an online liquor store, indulge in a treat that is bought just for your enjoyment. When you have a special treat, you are recognizing your hard work and having a reward – a great motivation to continue!

You may question how decluttering can help your quest for improved self-care; however, spending time decluttering your home helps to declutter your mind too. You will find that with clearer spaces and fewer possessions you feel less burdened. As your physical space becomes clutter free, your mental space improves too. Get rid of objects that no longer give you joy and clothes that don’t fit. Your home will now be a space that surrounds you with positivity and lightness – the ideal space for relaxing in.

Eat well
When you are strapped for time, it can be easy to rely on convenience foods to fuel your day, but this is a false economy. The food that you eat needs to be nutritious and provide you with the vitamins that your body needs to sustain optimum performance. When cooking from fresh each day is not possible, devote some time on the weekend to batch cook healthy meals. Freeze meal-sized portions so that you can defrost them as and when you need them.
Life is full of obstacles and challenges. You need to be able to tackle them head-on. Taking time for self-care is critical; you need time to relax and allow your body and mind to recharge so that you are best placed to make good decisions and avoid burnout.

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