Life can get pretty stressful at times, which is why it’s important to practice regular self-care. As someone who’s dealt with a lot of anxiety in the past, I’ve had to learn a lot about self-care and what does or doesn’t work for me. So here are some self-care tips that I hope you’ll incorporate into your own life.
Put it in your schedule. Sometimes our schedules get really crazy, and it’s easy to forget to make time for ourselves. So put it in your schedule. Set aside an hour once a week at least where you do something for yourself, whether this means having a night in where you ignore your phone or hanging out with that friend you never get to see. And make sure you actually follow through.
Spend time outside. Get some fresh air and sunlight. Even if it’s just for about ten minutes a day, it’s so important to spend some time outside. I’ve been surprised before at how refreshing it can be just to stand outside in the sun for a little while. When I’m feeling cooped up during a long day of work, it’s a great way to get a boost of energy and remind myself that I don’t have to be stuck inside forever.
Know yourself enough to know what works for you. Based on your personality and preferences, there will be self-care methods that won’t do anything for you or might even make things worse. Figure out what does and doesn’t relax you, and then focus on turning the right self-care practices into regular habits.
Give yourself permission to say no. Don’t try to do it all. Instead, focus on what you’re able to do well, and say no to everything else. It might feel awkward at first if you’re not used to saying no, but people around you will likely respect your decision to only focus on a few projects.
Stay away from toxic situations. You might have some examples of this in your own life already. Are there people or activities that consistently drain your energy? Cut the situations that bring you stress or anxiety out of your life as much as possible. Know your limits and fight to stay within them. Just to make it clear, I’m not talking about your comfort zone limits. I’m talking about how much you can endure as far as stress goes.
Cut yourself some slack. I’m the type of person who will often speak very negatively about myself. I’ll say things like, “I suck at everything” or “Wow, I’m so clueless.” This is something I’m trying to work on. It’s not that I actually believe these things, but the fact that those phrases actually leave my lips is ridiculous.
So instead, I’m practicing speaking to myself positively. I’ll encourage myself instead of putting myself down, and it reminds me that those negative statements aren’t true. Practice self-care and self-love by believing in yourself and speaking to yourself positively.