In this article I have compiled by topic several ideas to improve your self-care.
Depending on the moment you find yourself you can feel that what prevents you from feeling well-being is the lack of health, introspection, productivity, connection, fun…
Life has a lot to offer you but you have to afford it. You have to appreciate, thank and take advantage of what it offers you.
Until you show you can handle what you have, you won’t get any more! -T. Harv Eker
Ideas to improve your self-care
Put these ideas into practice and you’ll see how you can feel better by taking advantage of the resources you have.
Do some exercise. Or at least move whenever you have the chance: clean the house, dance, walk… You will notice the difference. You will concentrate better, feel more vital and sleep better.
But do not overdo it or you will feel very exhausted and you won’t want to repeat. It’s better to do little but often.
Keep in mind that until you integrate it into your life you will have to pay attention…
So you will need to define well what you are going to do and when, considering your lifestyle.
– On the X day I will clean the house.
– On the Y day I will dance listening to my favorite music.
– On the Z day I will do some exercises that I have found.
Define the frequency too: for example two days a week of exercise, one cleaning and another dance.
And then plan what days and at what times of the day you will do them. Although maybe you will have to make modifications later, start planning it as any other task and give it priority until it becomes a habit.
Do not forget to drink water (I like to always carry a bottle of water in my bag) and to take some infusion (especially during PMS).
For the day I usually take matcha (they sell sachets in Mercadona and now I’m testing organic matcha powder), red tea, green tea or Mate. At night, I like to take rooibos or chamomile with anise.
★ Eat healthy
Before you buy or eat a food, think about how you’re going to feel afterwards (bloated and energy-free or energetic and vital).
You can create lists of recipes that you like and choose some of them for your weekly menu.
I keep on Evernote lists with recipes, simple combinations of food and loose food.
I choose a few recipes for a week or so (taking into account what I feel like and the food I already have at home), I make a list of the food that I will need, I buy and start cooking what I like most of the list or what is most urgent due to expiration. Then I mark with a highlighter what I have already cooked to know when I have to plan a new menu.
As I go including food from my lists on my menus, I will cross them out. So I can include foods that I would not remember, instead of always repeating them. Although I recognize that in this I am not as persevering as I would like.
★ Sleep well
Try to make your dream cycles as regular as possible. Especially if you suffer from insomnia, lie down only when you feel your eyes closed.
Get up at your proposed time. The tasks you plan the night before should help you get up in the good. If not, check your projects and your planning.
Think about what could help you to get up with more enthusiasm.
Maybe you could buy something delicious for breakfast or leave something half prepared the night before (I love to eat tortilla or fried eggs with ham but in the morning I’m too lazy to prepare it).
★ Do something you like
Have a list of things you like to do and choose one of them.
★ Plan those things you like to do
Don’t wait to feel overwhelmed and stressed to see yourself forced to give you time to enjoy.
★ Treat yourself
For example, indulge your favorite food, a new plant, a shirt, a book, pretty stationery or something that makes you especially excited.
★ Take some course
Choose something that awakens your curiosity and also enriches you. For example, a language, painting, programming, web design, psychology, nutrition, gardening, cooking…
★ Watch documentaries and videos
They could be about a subject you’re already studying, something you want to know more about (languages, education, psychology, nutrition, science, engineering…) or general topics such as nature, animals, geography, history, the origin of man…
Knowing more about our origin can give us perspective (we still have many imperfections) and help us to be more tolerant with ourselves and others.
Planning in advance what you want to do is the best thing to feel that you move forward. But be realistic: don’t pretend to have your whole day planned and busy. Schedule rest time and leave some time for improvisation.
And be flexible: don’t blame yourself for not fulfill your planning at 100%. The planning you do is just a guide, not something you should follow to the letter, such as appointments, classes or work.
In my case, I first write a list of the tasks I want to do. And then I rewrite them in orden and set specific times.
At most two of those tasks are the most important of the day, so my goal is to accomplish at least those. These are usually tasks that have a positive impact on my well-being, but if I don’t plan them, I postpone them, such as exercising, writing, learning English…
Planning the night before works for me. So I get up the next day more motivated. However, if I plan too many tasks I get overwhelmed and in the end I do nothing. That’s why I like to leave free time, that I try to match with those times they play a program that I like or that is good weather to go shopping or walking and sunbathing.
I have found that having planned in advance what I want to do motivates me to start the day and helps me to move forward with my projects and goals.
Until recently it was difficult for me to finish all the tasks I planned but I have managed to create a routine that works for me. And although the hours that I assign sometimes vary, I manage to fullfill what I have proposed to accomplish.
You simply need to practice planning and find «your ideal guide routine».
★ Connect with nature
Choose a park, beach, lake, river or mountain. Listen to the sound of the birds, the wind, the leaves, the waves…
Focus solely on being present, listening and observing everything around you.
★ Connect with people related to you
Interact with those people who make you feel happy, motivated and energetic, and with whom you can have enriching conversations.
If you don’t know many people who share your values and hobbies, think about where they might be: maybe volunteering, practicing some sport, learning languages… And join one of those groups.
Spend less time with people who limit you or make you feel sad and without energy after being with them.
★ Try something different
You could try that sport or activity that you have always wanted to (maybe climbing, surfing, badminton, archery, theatre or painting).
You could also propose a different plan to your friends or family.
Even if it’s to the next town. But if you want to, do it. Don’t stay planning forever, waiting for the perfect moment, the ideal destination or the super-economic flight that never appears.
To begin with, go one day to any new place in your town. Then, after that, go a couple of days to another city…
★ Accept your emotions
Accept that all emotions are necessary. Being always cheerful wouldn’t be natural.
The most important thing is to manage emotions such as sadness and other emotions that we usually consider as negatives. This is achieved by not repressing them: letting them appear, observing them, understanding them and learning from them.
★ Be merciful to yourself
If at any time you find yourself comparing yourself with other people, remember that this is not a fair comparison. You’re comparing your interior with the exterior of others. In addition, everyone has their own circumstances. And that’s not seen from the outside.
When you see people having something that is perhaps similar to what you want, you can inspire yourself.
You can also compare yourself with your past self to see if you’re moving forward. And act accordingly, remembering that every process takes time.
Expel everything that worries you. Don’t suppress your emotions. Unburden.
★ Be grateful
Every night, write 3 things you appreciate and are grateful for that day.
★ Work on yourself
Research, read and work to better yourself and to solve what you are most concerned about right now: overcome a depression, find your purpose, manage your worrying, increase your self-love, make a decision, plan better, achieve a certain goal, improve some habit…
★ Improve your attitude at work
Even if you don’t like it, don’t pretend to stay in it forever and look forward to find something more coherent with you, try to give the best of you in your current job. Put passion on whatever you do.
Also allow yourself to consider the possibility of leaving it. Although maybe it’s not something that you’re going to do today, allow yourself to accept that possibility exists.
Trust in your ability to change your current circumstances.
★ Contemplate images that inspire you
They could be of animals, trees, cactus or other plants, beautiful places, people, colors, meals, books, stationery, bridges, buildings…
You can find inspiration on Pinterest.
★ Create your inspiration book
In it you can include inspiring quotes, your achievements, your learnings, your favorites lists, memories of funny things that have happened to you, tender moments…
Check once in a while and add new ideas in the different sections.
In my article «Protect your energy» I share what sections my inspiration book contains.
★ Incorporate beauty into your life
Change your home decor, buy plants, change your clothes, change your hairstyle…
★ Connect with your creativity
Paint, draw, color, make pictures, sew, sing, write a story, a poem or a song, build something, cook something different…
Analyze which of these aspects (health, fun, learning, productivity, connection, experiences, introspection, Inspiration) is preventing you from feeling full and what ideas you can start to put into practice to improve your inner self-care.
It’s very important that you don’t limit yourself to reading the article. Try to internalize the ideas that appear and point out the ones that you think can help you to start implementing them in your life.
Introducing a small change in your life can influence more than you imagine in your well-being.
As you align your daily actions with your values (what you really care about), you will see how paths that you didn’t see before start to open, which eventually will lead you to those great results that you so desire so much.
If there is any other idea that works for you to improve your self-care, please don’t hesitate to comment.
And if you found this article interesting and useful I would appreciate it if you would share it.
Thank you for reading.
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