8 Ways To Practice Self-Care Every Day
Positivity is a core value for those who are working with the Law of Attraction, but it can be easy to forget that being positive isn’t just about being good to others and trying to be optimistic.
You also need to nurture a positive self-image, truly believing that you’re deserving of great things.
One of the best ways to increase your self-esteem is to diligently practice self-care—meeting your own needs communicates to your subconscious that you’re a value person, and also helps to keep your energy levels higher.
It's not that difficult. You can definitely incorporate self-care into your busy routines.
Here's How To:
Find out what makes you happy. Self-care is individual. So don't think about what makes others happy, instead, look at your daily activities and determine which ones help you feel your best.
Add these activities to your calendar. Yes, they need to be planned in advance or otherwise you'll think you don't have time for them. Make sure to put all the special events that will make you happy into the calendar as well – in ink! 😉
Sneak in a bit of self-care here and there if you get a chance. While it's important to have a plan for practicing self-care, it is equally important to fit in little moments of relaxation and happiness spontaneously.
Check-in with yourself regularly to see if anything in your routine needs to be changed. Don't be afraid to ask yourself uncomfortable questions like “Does he/she make me happy?”, “Do I like spending time with this person?”, “Am I working too much?”… And remember, sometimes we forget to ask ourselves the most obvious questions, too, like “Am I tired?”, “Do I need to take a nap”, “Am I happy?”.
(One thing that can help you understand yourself better and discover what is holding you back from being truly happy, is taking this free test here).
Go for quality not quantity. Even though you may like watching TV, and can spend several hours doing that, aren't there other things that would be better for you?
You will find it helpful to write these self-care ideas and activities down. Or, even better, make some index cards for yourself to organize your thoughts and make a plan.
Here is what such an index card can look like (more examples for inspiration below).
So now that you know that it's not that hard to fit-in some self-care into your routine, here are…
…8 Ways To Practice Self-Care Every Day.
1. Be Grateful For Your Body
It’s easy to focus on the aspects of your appearance that you’d like to change or that you worry aren’t seen as attractive, but try shifting your focus to the things that you do like.
Write down a list of attributes that have drawn compliments from others, whether these compliments relate to aesthetics or functionality.
For example, you might get lots of compliments on your sparkling green eyes, but your strong legs might also be the envy of friends who can’t run as fast as you can.
2. Accept That It Can Be Okay To Say “No”
While using the Law of Attraction as an effective tool requires a willingness to leap at new opportunities and be more open-minded about what can bring you happiness, you shouldn’t do so at the expense of your well-being.
If you’re taking on so many commitments that you’re left feeling exhausted, it’s time to start prioritizing. Whether you decline an invitation permanently or simply take a raincheck, saying “no” is sometimes exactly what your body needs.
3. Take A Break
If you’re passionate about your job (and perhaps even constantly working to climb the career ladder), you might begrudge the idea of taking a vacation. However, if you don’t take breaks from work, not only are you not taking care of yourself properly but you’re also eventually going to undermine your performance at work.
Save up and make time for a trip out of town—whether it’s to go to another country for two weeks or just to the countryside for a weekend.
4. Make Space For Your Passions
In addition to making you feel like you don’t have time for a vacation, having a hectic life can also give you a sense that you need to let your passions slide.
However, if you want to be the most vibrant and happy person you can, there absolutely has to be space for your favorite hobbies. Consider setting aside an hour a week that is only ever to be used for those hobbies.
5. Keep A Journal
People with busy lives can often forget just how valuable self-reflection can be. If you don’t spend time thinking about how you’re feeling about what you’re doing each day, you risk losing touch with what you really want from life (and reduce the chances you’ll feel grateful for all the good things in life).
If you have 10-15 minutes of free time a day, then you have time to keep a journal. You don’t need to wax lyrically for pages and pages—just a concise review of what happened in your day and how you’re feeling can help you understand your life’s narrative and get a better sense of your needs.
6. Respond To Your Environment
The right ways to practice self-care will shift and evolve with the seasons. For example, if your body is feeling cold and tense in the winter months, the perfect antidote might be reading by a warm fire or taking a really long bubble bath with a favorite book.
In contrast, tending to your needs in the warmer months might focus more on enjoying time in nature, and on cooling down with ice-cold smoothies or a dip in the pool. Look at the weather, the temperature and your current location, and work out what your need in response to your conditions.
7. Attune Your Focus To the Present
Anyone who knows about the Law of Attraction is probably already making an effort to incorporate forms of mindfulness into their life. For example, perhaps you’ve been using basic breathing exercises to get your mind into the right zone for creative visualization.
However, it isn’t just meditative activities that can help you tune into (and appreciate) the present. Spend time listening to your favorite music, keep up with hobbies that help you feel fully in tune with your body (such as swimming or cycling).
Finally, never underestimate the medicinal benefits of laughter! It releases a flood of feel-good endorphins that boost your mood and help you to relax.
Consequently, a key part of taking care of yourself is deliberately seeking out the things that amuse you—hilarious friends, great comedies, and memories of old anecdotes that prompt a chuckle every time you recall them.
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