With our over-flowing to-do lists and jam-packed schedules, it can be really hard to find time to take care of ourselves properly. Most of the time, self-care just falls to the bottom of the list of priorities. Since last year, I realised that I wasn’t making enough time for myself and this was reflected in my mental health and personal relationships that needed attention. I found that there were 3 key habits that were missing, and it really made such a difference to how I practice self-care! Read on to find out my 3 key tips for how you can improve your self-care on a regular basis!
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3 Key Habits You Need:
1. Practice Self-Discipline
By practicing self-discipline, it means resisting temptations. For example, if you scroll around on Instagram late at night and you know you should really be going to bed (guilty), that is a lack of self-discipline. You need to do what you can to reduce the temptation, such as putting the phone across the room, turning it off, or setting alarms on your phone to automatically remind you that it’s time’s up. Removing your distractions is a skill. It can be really tough at first as you won’t be used to setting these new rules, but it’s the first step to taking some control over your life and daily routine.
2. Set Limits
Setting limits in your life will help you to protect your energy and time so you can focus on your own needs. Similar to the above example, you need to set some time limits for certain activities and even for work, if you tend to overwork.
Also, consider setting limits when making plans, such as for family, friends and events; decide how much time you want to dedicate to each one so that they can fit around your schedule comfortably and also give you the time you need to unwind and have some time for yourself. You are in charge of your own boundaries, so if requests don’t fit around your timings, then you should say no.
3. Be Consistent
Habits come with practice and time, it doesn’t just happen overnight. Instead of trying to change all of your habits at once, take small steps and set one goal at a time and try to stick to it. For example, if one of your self-care goals is to do yoga for 30 minutes a day, start by incorporating this into your daily routine and work on your discipline in this area first. When you succeed each day, reward yourself so that you can continue to make it a habit and encourage yourself to push through.
By practicing these habits, it will improve your overall wellbeing and emotional stability. I hope you found these tips useful, let me know what self-care habit you struggle with?
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