2016 is definitely a year where I am looking after myself a lot more, I’m focusing on more positivity and I’m living my life to the absolute max. I think it has become thing that it is so important to me, and I’m hoping that by taking better care of myself my mental health will improve. I have noticed such a difference since I started looking after myself more and focusing on the positivity in my life!
There can sometimes be so much going on, with things like studying for exams, stressful jobs and juggling so much going on in our private lives, looking after ourselves can sometimes be put on the back burner. So what are some of my top tips for you?
Saying No Is Okay
I know it is easier said than done, however if you can’t do something and you honestly do not have the time and you can’t give it the attention it deserves, say no. Be polite, be honest, explain why and move forward, remember that you have to put yourself first and if you’re doing something you have to be prepared for all that time it could consume and everything that goes with it. Say no if you can’t do it, it’s okay, remember you deserve some time for you too!
Drink Your Tea
As you all probably know I am the biggest tea drinker in the world, I’m pretty sure I should have an intravenous drip of tea all day every day. I know that when it comes to me drinking coffee, it doesn’t keep me going for as long as it probably should do, I usually get the yummy buzz and then it’s like the caffeine come down. With tea however it can be incredibly comforting, and keep you warm and it won’t give you the shakes when it comes to the caffeine come down. Needing to wake up? Your best option is to drink water.
Plan Your To Do Lists
I have found that this is so important and so simple to do and it honestly helps to relieve any stress that you might have for the next day! One thing I do is in the evening when I’m starting to wind down with the husband, I write down in my diary all of the things that I need to do, I include a detail plan of what needs to be done instantly, or what can wait a day and whether it is blog related or otherwise.
Ask For Help
This is one I am guilty of not doing, all the time. I hate asking for help, I think it is because I feel like I am admitting defeat and I should be strong enough to get through it without help. I am wrong at some point in your life you might need help and the people around you are more likely to enjoy the fact that you’ve asked and support you. Remember that the people around you love you and will want to help with anything that they can, it could be anything from like motivation or even to build your self confidence to help you to believe in yourself.
Make Time For You & Resting
I can’t describe how important it is to make sure that you have time to rest, it can be little things like coming in through the door, taking a few deep breaths and just relaxing in the quiet. This is your time to make sure that all of the days troubles are pushes away and focusing on relaxing your mind. It is honestly incredibly relaxing and it will definitely be worth it.
Honestly I have found that exercise can be incredibly helpful with looking after myself, it allows you to get out all of the feelings that you might have been feeling throughout the day, time to clear your head and de-stress. Anyway, getting those endorphins going will do wonders for the way that you look at things, I know that I look at things with a very different perspective once I’ve worked out.
Take Time Off
Everyone needs some time out once in a while, so take some time off, relax in your home, don’t try to cram everything in, try to get everything you need to done the day before you leave, and when you do, relax and feel fabulous that you did as much as you physically could. Treat yourself, give yourself the biggest pat on the back and chill out!
Write A Gratitude List
I’ve talked a lot about these before and how I find them to be so useful in my daily life. When you’re not necessarily in the best place possible and you’re struggling focusing on the positives can really help, so I write my list about things I’m grateful for, and when I feel like I need to be reminded I bring it out and read it! It gives me so many fabulous feelings!
What helps you to look after yourself better in 2016? Leave your response in the comments!
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