What’s your daily grind like?
For most people, it’s fumbling and rummaging around trying to get prepared because we’re late for work, getting caught in morning jams, working like there’s no end to it, head back home, have a quick dinner and by the time we know it, it’s time to climb back under the covers.
That above sets up like clockwork; sleep, wake up, work.
Thing is, there’s actually more to life than just working and watching our life fleets away. Never get so busy making a living that we forgot to make a life. We tend to forget that it is up to us on how we want to really spend our time taking care of ourselves.
The main emphasis is to allow some “me-time” despite our hectic schedules.
It is not just important, it is necessary that we take time to replenish and rest. Not only it boosts our physical health, it helps to improve ourselves mentally at the same time.
Here is a list of 9 ways we can start doing every day to take care of ourselves better.
1. Allocate specific time slots apart from working.
When we get so caught up with work, we forget how time really passes. The way to overcome is simply as intently specifying time slots on the things we want to be doing. These time slots can be meant to spend more quality time with friends or family or perhaps getting the much needed 15 minutes daily exercise. Whatever we’ve set to work on, make it a point to stick to it.
2. Before the start of the day, meditate.
Meditation is therapeutic and it benefits us much more than just quieting down our minds. It clarifies our thoughts and helps us visualize the things we want and are most grateful for. By doing this at the start of our morning, we minimize negativities, alleviates our self-awareness, energizes and get ourselves ready for the day.
Working out is so important for our health. Not only for multiple health benefits, it reduces stress as well as enhances our mood. For a start, get on a 15-minute workout plan. It could be as easy as taking a walk, a jog or perhaps following a home-workout regimen video you can easily look up online. Whatever it is, get those bods moving.
4. Sleep enough.
Getting enough sleep helps us feel better and can benefit out complexion, heart, weight, mind and mood. At the present age, many are deprived of quality sleep. Have at least 7 hours of sleep and if anyone of us is likely to have trouble sleeping this long, day time naps can help fill the gap.
5. Keeping track with a journal.
We are dealt with so many varieties of daily experiences. When we are mindful of the things that are happening around us, we get to learn and understand not only ourselves in a more personal manner; we see things that are happening outside of us clearly. Jot things down; how we feel, what we see or hear, our emotions and experiences into a journal.
6. Get in touch with family and friends.
At the end of the day, our family and real friends are the one that would stick by us in times of trouble. But don’t wait till there’s actually a need for that. Call our parents up for a few minutes or just have some great time with friends. It’ll keep us grounded in knowing that we have abundant support from people we love and trust.
7. Pick up reading.
Whether it is on fictional or non-fiction books. There’s a wonderful saying that goes “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you’ll go.” Take a break, stimulate your creativity and refresh your mind through reading.
8. Put yourself first.
Put ourselves at the top of our to-do list every day. When we prioritize ourselves above others, we won’t exert so much of our excess time at work. Instead, we’ll plan and make time for activities that’ll help better ourselves.
9. You are never too old to play.
The older we get, the more we lose our ‘inner child’. It has always then been all work and no play; but who says it has to be that way? Make time for play. At times, allow ourselves to break free, let loose and just go on an adventure. Nurture yourself. “Playing is such an important part our healing process. Our spirit needs to frolic, so we can return to innocence.” – Soo Young Lee
We hope this list helps you in taking care of yourself better every day.
If you’ll have any other, please feel free to share under the comment section below.
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