Showing compassion for others is important, but how often do we treat each other with the same kindness? One of the best things we can do for our minds and bodies is about take a break and Remember that we are worth love.
For some people, it can be impractical or even intimidating to include self-care in a daily routine. Your first defense might be, “I don’t have time for this” or “I have too many other things to do.” But repeatedly putting the needs of others before our own can lead to a lack of “me time,” which can create stress and resentment and prevent us from being our best selves.
Research has shown that adding self-care to your daily routine reduces stress, decreases the likelihood of mental and physical discomfort, increases productivity, and creates feelings of happiness. By giving each other a helping of compassion every day, we can approach our work and relationships with a clear, happy mind, thus continuing the cycle of positivity.
1. Eat healthy and mindful.
Too often we eat our meals while multitasking, denying ourselves the pure experience of a nutritious meal. Would you be working on the computer if you were having dinner with a loved one? Give yourself the same level of respect and indulge yourself in a meal without the distraction.
2. Keep track of your achievements.
While there are great advantages to having a to-do list, we also need to recognize the things that we have done. At the end of the day, make a list (either mentally or written down) of the productive things you did that day. Did you have a relationship? To make the laundry? Complete work order? No matter how small, you deserve a pat on the back.
3. Express gratitude.
Just as it is good to keep track of what we have done, it is also good to notice what we have. Keep a journal by your bed and write down the things you are lucky enough to do. Everything from clean sheets to a close friend is worth mentioning.
4. Give to your inner child.
What were some of your favorite things when you were little? Loved chalk on the sidewalk, picked wildflowers, or ate marshmallows? Treat your inner child with a little present and let the warm feelings sink in.
5. Create a cozy space.
Does your bedroom look the way you want it? If it doesn’t, consider adding candles or fun pillows. By building a space that feels warm and inviting, you are creating an inviting retreat for difficult times.
6. Read a book.
Finding a book that you love is a great way to make you feel happy. It feels wonderful to look forward to a good story, and reading it promotes a feeling of peace. I recommend The Interestings, Tiny Beautiful Things, or A Homemade Life.
What people say about exercise and endorphins is true; Getting active increases the feeling of happiness. Find a form of physical activity that works for you. Enjoy a Saturday morning hike, try a new yoga class online, or take a bike ride.
8. Pull out the plug.
Instagram and Facebook have some advantages, but do you really feel better exposing yourself to the online versions of all of yourself? Most of the time, people only report on their success. Hence, it can be difficult to compare your entire life to everyone’s highlight roles. Take the time to break away from social media and let yourself focus on the beauty of the moment.
9. Create something.
Whether it’s a bunch of brownies or a pastel drawing, when we get artistic we can feel mindful and productive.
10. Create a self-care kit.
Fill a cute basket with some things that make you feel special. It could be nail polish, rubber frogs, coconut lotion, precious photos or a new pair of socks. Put your pick-me-ups in a cute basket and keep it in your bedroom or bathroom for when you need an extra dose of love.
Remember, as your best self, you can share these beautiful feelings with those around you. Look for the good, share your peace and watch positivity grow.
Photo by Ali Caucasus.
Amanda Kohr is the Senior Content Editor at Wanderlust. You can find them on new highways, have coffee, and Instagram.