If you are like many people, you probably do a pretty good job of caring for the most important people in your life. However, you probably forget the most important person: YOU.

Self-Care Habits That Will Change Your Life

The better care you take of yourself, the better you will be able to care for others.

Taking care of yourself is a habit, perhaps the most important habit you can have. We neglect ourselves in many ways. This is a critical oversight.

It is important to take care of yourself daily. Here are some habits to adopt:

 

1. Take an evening walk.

You are feeding two birds with one scone when you go for a walk alone. It is a great time to think. Part of your mind is occupied with moving your legs and maintaining your balance. The rest of your brain is free to think creatively.

  • You are also getting some good exercise. Most of us spend far too much time sitting each day. Getting up and accumulating a lot of steps is good for the mind and body.

2. Use positive affirmations.

Negative self-talk is often the norm. You can undo this and give yourself a better perspective on life by using positive affirmations. Come up with just a few and repeat them to yourself throughout the day. Over time, you will be pleased with the results.

3. Read each day.

Reading is great for brain health. Those that read daily have better cognitive abilities than those that don’t. This advantage extends into old age, too.

  • Reading is also a great opportunity to learn something new. Imagine how much you could learn over 20 or more years by reading 30 minutes each day. That’s roughly 3600 hours, or 90 40-hour workweeks.
4. Unplug.

Your brain needs a rest from the constant stimulation of the internet, your smart phone, TV, tablets, and so on. Give yourself at least a few hours each day of complete rest from these items.

5. Sleep at least 7 hours each night.

Many people claim they only need 5 hours of sleep. However, the science is clear on this matter. To maximize your health and cognitive abilities, you need at least seven hours of sleep. Some people (like me!!) need more.

6. Keep a gratitude journal.

At times it can seem like there’s nothing good in your life, but that is certainly not true. There are plenty of good things in your life. You are just failing to recognize them. Remind yourself about all these positive things by keeping a gratitude journal and writing in it each day.

7. Give your body some gentle exercise each day.

A little extra movement can do a lot of good things for your body and your brain.

  • You don’t have to pound away on the treadmill like you are training to race up the side of Mount Everest, but a little sweat and heavy breathing can result in some wonderful changes.

Self-care is an important habit to develop. Being at your best is good for everyone around you. When you fail to take care of yourself, you diminish your capacity to be of service or support to anyone else. It is also hard to receive more respect from others than you are willing to give yourself. You deserve the best. Treat yourself that way.

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