10 Ways to Take Care of Yourself. We are on this earth for mere moments. There is no time to wait for “when I’m ready” or “when I have more money, time, stability”, etc. Is there ever really a good time? If we keep waiting for these things to happen, we just may be on our death beds and feeling all types of regret. Instead, let’s explore some ways we can take care of ourselves and, in turn, care for others.
Your heart. It may break from time to time and that’s okay. It’s gonna be painful, messy, dirty, and just plain ugly. But, by feeling this pain, we know we are alive. Because it hurts so much, we know it was important to us. Sit, cry & then laugh with it. Wrap your arms around it and love everything about it. Your heart will heal and you will become a light and source of inspiration for others experiencing similar pain.
It’s not that our bodies are tired; it’s often our souls that are just worn out. We have to rest, feed and nurture our souls just as we do with our minds and bodies. Explore your faith, fire up the things you’re passionate about and do more of them daily. Sing, dance, draw, garden, write, start a business, etc. Caring for our souls helps to repair our bodies. Your creations or talents may just be what the world needs right now. Don’t be afraid to share!
Tell those you care for just how much they mean to you. Express your admiration, your gratitude, your love in thought, word and deed. Tomorrow is not guaranteed; don’t walk away angry. Your last words should never be spiteful or hateful. While we don’t always need validation from others, at the end of the day, we just want to know we matter to someone. Be love to receive love!
Embrace joy! Joy can be scary and we often push it away as we don’t feel we deserve it. To hell with that idea; choose to live in joy everyday and let the world know it! The world needs this now more than ever. Start a chain reaction today.
Stop hating on people. Life is too short to live this way. That being said, don’t put up with the hate of others. Start a meaningful dialogue, get to know one another, have respect, and gain understanding. You don’t have to agree; you also don’t have to hate.
Love yourself. Look in the mirror each day and find one positive thing that will then become your daily mantra. Remember, it may not always be pretty, but love never is. As Steve Maraboli says, “Self-love isn’t always so poetic; sometimes it’s a nice big triple back flip kick in the ass. You’ve got to call yourself on your own nonsense; on the incredibly efficient way you can be self-destructive.”
Learn to accept your flaws and shortcomings so you can build on creating greater self-love. Get comfortable with your contradictions.” ~ Ash Alves
Do not become a dumping ground for the garbage/baggage of others. There is a fine line between supporting someone and taking on their stuff. Nothing will drag you down faster than carrying the weight of others while you are trying to manage your own life. Support, yes. Carry their baggage, no!
You don’t have to accept a challenge just because it’s issued. You don’t have to fight just because another person wants to. You don’t have to take on another person’s baggage just because they are trying to transfer their energy to you. You are no one’s emotional trash can.” ~ LaTisha Cotto
Don’t let yourself be bullied into silence. The world needs your words. This doesn’t mean hateful, spiteful, vile words; it means words of love, encouragement, support, justice, honesty and truth. When you can speak your truth, you become a voice for the voiceless.
Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.” ~ Harvey Fierstein
Connection. Get connected with yourself in mind, body, soul & spirit. Listen to what your head and body are telling you. Once you’re in a connected, healthy place, you can extend that positive energy to others. Positive energy is the give and take with others where everyone feels seen, heard and valued. This energy connection allows everyone to give and receive without judgement and provides strength to sustain long-term, healthy relationships.
Find your brave and leave your comfort zone now and then. Nothing exciting, life or world-changing has ever come from playing it safe and mediocre all the time. Occasionally, we must step up and out; even if it means standing alone at times. Don’t be afraid of what other’s think; their opinions are none of our business.
This list of 10 Ways to Take Care of Yourself is just the starting point. What ideas would you add?