by Amber White
ChiroHealthUSA Social Media Specialist
Life can be hectic. We all have tasks that must be accomplished throughout our daily lives to function properly. Your To-Do lists feel never-ending. You may have to go to work. You might have to pick your kids up from a sitter. Dinner needs to be prepared. Homework must be done. You want to get in the daily 30 minutes of fitness health professionals recommend. The list could go on and on. However, one thing we need to have on the list is making time for self-care. One’s mental and physical health is essential to fulfilling life’s many commitments and tasks. Here are a few tips on how to be kind to yourself and organize your thoughts and demands.
Set Realistic Goals
This tip is probably the most essential self-care tip you can do for yourself. We can all be guilty of taking on more than we can handle sometimes. We have to remember that no one can do it all. By setting realistic goals, you can examine your available time and pick out the most important tasks in order to establish a pace at which to work. This causes less stress on your body, reduces burn out, and gives you manageable objectives to accomplish within a set time amount of time.
Positive Language is Essential
“You are your own worst critic” is a quote thrown around frequently and unfortunately, seems to have proven itself to be right for most of us. Using negative phrases such as “I can’t” and “I’m no good” can convince you that you aren’t worthy, and you don’t have the skill set or mental capacity to get something accomplished. Instead, try using phrases such as “I’ve got this,” “I will learn,” or “It’s ok to ask for help” to see what a difference positive language makes for your self-esteem and task performance.
Speak with Someone
It is nice to have someone to listen and vent your frustrations to when times get tough. Therapy is recommended for those who need to talk out their feelings with a professional, unbiased ear. A therapist will listen and work through your issues (stressors) while offering coping mechanisms to help relieve future stress when it comes up. If you’re not comfortable speaking with a therapist, enlist a family member or close friend you can talk to. They may not be professionals, but sometimes it’s good to get issues off your chest in a loved one’s comforting space.
It’s important to reward yourself for the hard work you complete. Rewards can come in the form of taking time off of work, spending time with family or friends, vacationing in a new place, pampering yourself with a spa treatment, or even doing absolutely nothing for a day or two. Whatever you do, let it be a time for you to recharge and center your mental and physical body. You’ll be surprised how much easier it is for you to jump back into projects. The quality of your work will improve, and you’ll feel more rested when you take care of yourself.