It’s easy to forget to take care of yourself when you’re busy working, studying, taking care of your house, or just doing life in general. Most of us think that the only way to improve is by taking long-term commitments like starting a diet or an online course.
However, those aren’t the only options for self-care. Here are five ideas on how you can love yourself without having to make any drastic changes.
Take a break from social media
Comparing yourself to others is a guaranteed method to make you feel bad about yourself, and there’s no more efficient way to do this than using social media. Browsing through your contacts’ daily activities may give you the false impression that nobody else struggles, leaving you feel unaccomplished. Breaking the habit of checking social media can be surprisingly challenging, but it can help stop that feeling of comparison, and add perspective to your daily life.
Accept your mistakes
On bad days, even a simple slip-up like forgetting to do a task or making a tiny mistake at work can be enough to bring us down. The reality is, however, that we all make mistakes. Absolutely everyone puts on a set of mismatched socks or forget a friend’s birthday once in a while. Accepting mistakes doesn’t make us any less valuable as a person. It just means we are human beings.
Tell me if this sounds familiar? You start writing a blog, drawing, or simply reading science fiction novels. And you plan to spend a couple of minutes a day doing this, but soon enough, after a while you feel like you don’t have the time to continue. People frequently think that following a strict routine is the only way to have a hobby, but doing it just once can have a positive impact on your mood. Don’t wait for your schedule to clear. If you have the time, sit down and enjoy a fun and creative activity.
Mindfulness uses breathing techniques and guided imagery to help us become more aware of our feelings, without being overly judgmental. In a previous post on Dear Ellie we talked about how mindfulness helps you become more aware of your achievements.
There’s a great variety of techniques available, so you will have no problem finding one that can fit in your daily routine. The best part is that it only takes a couple of minutes of your day, and research suggests that persistent practitioners can start noticing positive changes in eight weeks.
Invest in your mental health
The best way to maintain a healthy lifestyle is to see a specialist. A therapist will have studied psychology and is equipped with the necessary skills to help you face unexpected challenges. Therapists can also have different specialties in human behavior as well as cognitive care, so you can find a professional that best suits your needs.
Becoming a better version of yourself doesn’t necessarily mean losing weight or making more money. The most important changes we can make in our lives are usually things that are frequently overlooked by our co-workers or social media. However, it’s small tips like these that will help you feel better. Nobody achieves anything without first loving themselves.
Written by Dolly Brown for happy.mylittlemascaraclub.com