It’s so important to take care of yourself. Mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally… in every way possible. Put yourself first always. I knew that I needed to start dedicating more time to myself in order for me to finally obtain happiness.
Mentally: Every time something bad happens or something doesn’t go as planned/my way, I make sure to remind myself you can’t always control how things go but you can control your reaction to them. This has helped me tremendously. Tough times are not going to get better by you complaining about them BUT they might get better if you have a positive outlook on the situation.
Sometimes I even count to ten and just breathe. It sounds cheesy but it is so helpful. It calms your mind and your heart and resets your emotions.
Physically: Working out sounds dreadful to some people but once I get in the routine of it, I actually look forward to it. A lot of aggravation, annoyance, and negative emotions can be ran off. Not only is cardio good for your body but it is also good for your mind. Also, it’s so important to make sure you’re listening to your body and staying in tune with it. That means nourishing it with healthy foods but also knowing that eating your guilty pleasures and spoiling yourself with desserts is 100% okay in moderation. Sometimes you just need the chocolate chip cookie and that’s okay.
Spiritually: Not sure what this means for everyone else but for me, this means being totally in tune with yourself in every aspect. It means being kind to others and yourself. Loving yourself and your neighbors. Believing that this life is more than just you. This one might be the hardest to achieve.. but I promise it’s attainable and worth every second of your time and effort.
Emotionally: This is also pretty tough but, being in touch with your emotions and being able to control them is so important. Stepping outside of situations and looking at it from an objective point of view is very difficult, but I think it helps. Many times we are so emotionally invested that we forget the bigger picture and get distracted by our feelings. Remember your worth and what your end goal is.
Some other tips: Dedicate a day to yourself each week. Humans are always on the go, whether it’s school, work, kids, pets, or other priorities, we have many responsibilities that can sometimes feel heavier than we can carry. One day a week. Or even a month.
Get your favorite food for carry out. Walk your dog at the park and soak up the sun. Go see your favorite person. Travel, as much as you can. Talk to strangers. Find a cute coffee shop and go take cute photos there with your friends. Whatever it is that makes your soul shine, do it. You deserve it.