Have you ever felt like something in yourself was lacking even when everything seemed to be going well? I will admit that I have!
You see, when we reflect on how we are doing in our lives, we usually think about our financial status, how well we perform our job, how others see us or how good we are to our spouses, children and friends. We always focus on how we are towards the outside, but we seldom remember to look at how good we have been to ourselves. We forget to look inwards.
I believe the way to be happy is to make sure we are taking good care of ourselves. And, to feel good we need to make sure certain areas of our lives are covered. It is important to remember to take care of ourselves Physically, Mentally, Emotionally & Spiritually.
It may seem difficult and time-consuming, but if you analyze it more, there are actually a lot of small and easy things that you can do. Do NOT think about Self-Care as a chore that you have to do, but as something you can enjoy doing.
Here are some Self Care tips that I want to share with you:
Engaging in a physical activity increases endorphins-our body’s natural feel good hormone that is responsible for boosting our mood. Obviously, exercising is on top of the list, but we can also do simpler things. Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Play with your kids outdoors—run, jump and have fun with them. Have a date night walk with your spouse.
You can also take care of your physical health by choosing to eat the right kind of food and by staying hydrated. Try water therapy and pick 2 days when you can’t drink anything else other than water. This will help to remove the toxins in your body.
Dress up! Looking beautiful or handsome also boosts our morale, so it’s okay to treat yourself to new clothes or haircut!
I get tons of emotional highs just from my daughter alone. If you don’t get a lot of hugs and kisses, give some! =) Schedule a day for leisure activities with your family or go hang out with friends and bond. You don’t have to spend a lot to do this. The important thing is to connect and be present in the presence of your loved ones.
Sometimes, when I feel tired or stressed out, I just have to ask my daughter why she loves me. I feel much better after that. =) Next time you are feeling down, why not try asking your friends or spouse what they like most about you?
Reading is a great way to exercise your mind and imagination. You can also improve your mental health by attending talks or joining forums. But, if you find these boring, you can play games with your friends and kids that will make you think. One of my favorite things to do is talk to older people- I just get so much insight from their stories!
Our spiritual well-being is often given the least importance- but it matters as much as the other 3 aspects, if not more. Make some time alone to meditate and reflect on your life. Some people keep a journal to write all the things they are grateful for. Other people might write down all the negatives things that happened to them so they can burn it as a sign that they are letting go. If you are a religious person, make sure to remember to pray, gather with your fellow believers and read the literature of your beliefs. Listening to good relaxing music and watching inspirational movies are also great ways to nourish your soul.
As for me, I love to do cloud-watching during the day, and star-gazing at night with my daughter Gaby. I do not only feel spiritually-satisfied, but it’s an opportunity for me to bond with her at the same time. Paying more attention to nature somehow reminds me of how lucky I am to be a part of this magnificent experience we call life.
When we have nothing else in the world, the only thing we have is ourselves. So, let’s remember these steps as we continue moving toward happier and healthier living. Besides, we can only give the best of us when we are at our best inside and out!
Date Written: June 05,2016 (post written as Guest Writer for MakeItUltra™)