10 Tips To Start Taking More Care Of Yourself
A few days ago, I had the privilege of enjoying one of the many videos published by writer Elsa Punset, in which she tells us how to take care of ourselves through just a few great exercises.
In the video, Elsa points out the importance of learning to take care of ourselves when we’re adults. That being said, I’d like present you with her 10 pieces of advice to start taking care of yourself, and learning how to love yourself a little bit more, each day. The way you deserve.
1. Express your feelings
When you don’t express your own feelings and emotions, you generate a huge interior barrier against yourself. This can often develop into blocks, fears, and more importantly, prevent you from enjoying emotional freedom.
Sharing your feelings with the people around you will also make you feel closer to them, and will lead the communication to a more intimate place, that’s rich in trust and confidence.
2. Avoid comparing yourself
Each and every person is unique and irreplaceable. Therefore, comparing yourself to other people can turn you into someone you’re not. When we don’t accept ourselves the way we are, with our strong suits and the lesser ones, we’re blocking our very essence; the very thing that makes us feel alive, and love ourselves.
Compare yourself to others in a constructive fashion so you can learn, gain helpful experience and useful advice that can push you to be your best self.
3. Use your support network
Get a group of people together that you can count on when you need emotional support and advice to help you clarify any issues. It’s normal to feel blocked and like there’s no way out. Good friends that love you and respect you can often be the ones to lead you to the light.
4. Set aside time for yourself
We all need to spoil and treat ourselves. Loving yourself and taking care of yourself by doing the kind of activities you enjoy the most will get you feeling amazing in no time. Don’t fall into the habit of always doing the same thing; focus on enjoying your “me time” and the time you share with your loved ones.
Surround yourself with people that have a realistic outlook on life, but are also full of optimism, good spirit and humor. Scientific studies confirm that smiling is like giving yourself a gift at a physical and emotional level, and also positively affects those around you.
“The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather in spite of ourselves.”
When you relax you’re improving your mind and helping your body to stay in good shape. You can do activities like yoga, tai-chi, meditation, listening to music, reading…any exercise that keeps you from stressing too much and makes you feel good about yourself.
7. Learn how to say “No”
It’s hard to say “no” to expectations, demands or requests. But learning to do so will help you to have much more respect for yourself and for others. It helps keep you out of potentially unpleasant situations and reaffirms your commitment to take care of yourself first.
8. Do the Work You Love
Take time to ask yourself whether you’re truly happy with your current job. Focus on the things you like the most about your job, and pay less attention to the ones you dislike. Remember that every job has a downside, and yours isn’t the exception.
If you want to make a career change towards the thing you’ve always dreamed of, do it! Remember: if you dreamt it, it’s because you have everything you need to make it your reality.
Innumerable studies confirm that that working out benefits our health, while also building our character, discipline, and general decision-making skills in everyday life. Being more active in your day to day life is a great place to start.
10. Develop your spiritual life
Try to set aside time every day to think about the aspects of your life that give you peace, beauty and serenity. Continue on and follow your own spiritual path.
Don’t keep anything related to love, to yourself: don’t be embarrassed to express your feelings to the people you love. Share those thoughts with people that value your trust, and just breathe.