There’s a common belief to do for others first and to do for yourself last. While this belief is certainly encouraging you to be positive and helpful to those around you, you also deserve self-care, and it’s a priority! It’s time to take care of your needs, and of course, help others when you can after your needs have been met.
You will succeed when you are feeling your best. Moreover, you thrive when you are happy, stress-free, and living the life you love. Without self-care, you are neglecting the needs your body requires to be a successful and happy individual productive to yourself and the world around you.
Sleep is a priority that is often times overlooked when comparing it to the tasks of day-to-day life. It’s time that sleep is prioritized and you enjoy 7-9 hours of undisturbed sleep every night! While you sleep, your body repairs blood vessels and organs that have been damaged or stressed throughout the day. Your brain uses this time to sort through and store information, and your body balances its’ self out. Make the first step to self-care and head to bed an hour or two earlier! Your body will thank you!
Eat clean! Your body relies on fuel to function. Eating organic, whole and plentiful foods rich with vitamins will not only keep your organs running smoothly, but you will feel healthier overall. Food is fuel, and not all food is equal. Choosing organic produce ensures you are eliminating the introduction of pesticides and chemicals into your body that certainly doesn’t belong there. Unnatural hormones in the foods will create an imbalance in your own bodily systems and functions. Pesticides in the foods have been linked to cancer and other diseases including obesity.
Take at least 1 hour a day to yourself. This doesn’t mean sitting on the couch while finishing an essay assignment or grading papers for your high school students. This means an hour of undisturbed time where you are enjoying something that benefits yourself. This can be meditation, yoga, a gym session, a walk along the beach, an art class, or another hobby! Make sure “you-time” is a priority. When you are drowning in the demands of daily life and push your own needs to the side, self-care has become the last priority. To live a healthy life, self-care must be a priority! Just one hour a day can reflect big changes in your life!
Ensuring you are making yourself a priority is essential to your overall health and well-being! Follow these tips to get yourself started in the right direction to a happier life. Self-care isn’t selfish- it’s one of the most important things you can do to keep yourself healthier and happier than you’ve ever been!