10 Ways to Take Better Care of Yourself Today
A happy life begins, ultimately, with taking good care of yourself.
That doesn’t mean waiting until tomorrow, or the day after, or even the week after to start. Your life is now. If you want to start living the incredible life you deserve, you need to start taking better care of yourself beginning today.
To make sure you don’t waste a moment longer, here are 10 suggestions on how to get started.
1. Breathe deeply.
How often do you pay attention to your breathing? For most people, the answer is typically – not enough.
In moments of stress or difficulty, your breathing can become shallow and strained. You may remember a time where you’ve been under immense pressure…perhaps in an interview or sitting an exam…and once you’re finished, you hear yourself let out a long breath? That’s because somewhere during that stressful moment in time, unknowingly, you’ve been holding onto your breath.
So remember to take deep, steady breaths throughout the day. Doing so will not only improve your emotional state but also your health. So if you want to be healthy, start with a deep breath!
2. Enjoy the present moment.
If you regularly read this blog, then this should be something you’re already very familiar with. But you can never hear this too many times, so let this really sink in; the greatest gift you can give to yourself is the present moment.
So let go of your past. Don’t concern yourself with your worries for tomorrow anymore. Instead, try to learn to make the most of what you already have – the right here and now.
3. Forgive yourself.
You’re human, you will have made mistakes. We ALL have. But until you are able to let these things go you are denying yourself the potential and happiness that is possible for you.
4. Forgive others.
It is equally as important to forgive others who have wronged you. Why? Well, when you still hold onto that hate or pain that someone has caused you, you are keeping the connection between you and that person alive and strong. The only way to break those binds for good is to forgive them fully. This takes time, so be kind to yourself. One great quick tip is every time you find yourself thinking about or feeling resentment towards that person, in your mind send them love and let them go.
5. Give up judgement.
Become more tolerant towards yourself and others. Judgement clouds our ability to see the good in things – whether that’s ourselves, another person or a situation. And this may prevent you from making the very most of any opportunities that come your way.
6. Expect great things!
Are you a glass half empty or half full kind of person? Training your brain to expect the very best from everything will transform your day, even your life, for the better. Expect the best and that’s exactly what you’ll get.
7. Invest in your relationships.
It is in our very nature to be sociable and want to seek out the company of others. So consider how much time you are spending with the people who love and uplift you most. Are you spending enough quality time with the people that add joy to your life? Set aside more of your day for the nurturing of relationships that are important to you.
8. Say ‘Thank You’.
Get on board with an attitude of gratitude! The benefits of gratitude for a happier, better overall quality of life cannot be underestimated. Appreciation for what you already have makes it possible to start being happy with what you’ve got, right now.
9. Let go of the old.
Until you are able to lose all of the things that no longer serve you, how can you expect the things you want most to come into your life? If you’re struggling to see any positive changes in your day, look at your current life and ask yourself ‘what things are holding me back or keeping me from achieving what it is I want most?’ Create room in your life.
10. Show yourself LOVE.
Last but not least, if you want to make the very most of every second of every day, you’ve got to start loving yourself. Fuel yourself with absolute love for the mind, body and soul and really treasure yourself. Do this and accept yourself, and I can guarantee that the course of your day will naturally reshape itself into something you can get excited about.
Take better care of yourself and your life will take better care of you. Simple!