But, particularly when we’re stressed or tired, self-care is something that so many of us neglect to do. When was the last time you actively did something for yourself, because you wanted to? And, without feeling guilty for it?
Tuning in with your thoughts and feelings is necessary and essential, in order to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself and a positive outlook on life. To do this, it’s important to try to put time aside for you – for the things that you enjoy, or that help you switch off from the everyday.
Try these simple tips to help you up your self-care routine, and to help you feel the self-love in no time.
1. Move your body
You don’t have to sign up to the gym or go for a five-mile run. Even just going for a 10-minute walk around the block can help to calm and soothe you when you’re feeling raw with emotion.
Forget about endorphins, how many steps you’re doing, or how high your heart rate is. Tune into what feels good for you. It’s not about going anywhere in particular, it’s about getting out into the fresh air and just breathing.
2. Reach out to someone
Sometimes when we’re feeling unworthy of love, we shut ourselves away from others for fear of rejection. But, reaching out and talking to somebody can be just the ticket to boost your mood. Say yes to social events. Get involved in things happening in your local community. Make plans to see friends or family members.
3. But, it’s ok to say no
You don’t have to go to every social event if you don’t feel like it. Be open and honest if you’re really not feeling up to it. Better to be true to yourself than to force yourself to act up for the crowd. If you need a quiet night in on the sofa, then do it.
4. Indulge in something creative
Do you have a penchant for DIY? Or a secret drawing talent. Or, maybe it’s writing that allows your creative juices to flow. Flexing your creative muscles every now and again is a fantastic way to expand your skills and release emotions.
Whether you want to share your work and get feedback on it, or you want it as a secret indulgence for yourself, it doesn’t matter. The important part is that you enjoy it.
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