“When you give yourself permission to communicate what matters to you in every situation you will have peace despite rejection or disapproval” — Shannon L. Alder
This is part of a weekly series, do you like it? Lemme know in the comments or 👏 it up!
I wrote an article about how self-care is an act of daily course correction.
We are constantly getting pulled off our path. With millions of things vying for our attention daily, it’s any wonder any of us get anything done, or even know who we are by the time we go to bed at night.
Self-care allows us to stay healthy in mind, body and spirit, and helps us stay focused on our goals, stay rooted in our truth and on our path. The side effects of self-care are numerous:
- More joy
- Healthier body
- Less stress and anxiety
- More creativity and productivity when it matters
- A longer and higher quality life
The list goes on, and varies from person to person. The point is:
“What I’ve learned about self-care: if you don’t make it a part of your life and practice, you will be forced to” — Taryn Toomey
When we don’t make self-care a priority it wreaks havoc in all areas of our life:
- We become emotionally reactive
- We pick fights and do things we’re not proud of
- We make poor choices in business and life
- We get sluggish and tired
- We make poor diet choices
- We don’t sleep well
Stress is a killer, it literally shaves years off our lives.
But a lot of people still view self-care as a luxury, instead of the necessity that it is. They don’t prioritize their mental and physical health, and then end up suffering the consequences.
Self-care can be as easy and simple, or as complex and multi-faceted as you make it. The point is that it needs to become part of your daily routine, right next to brushing your teeth.
So every Sunday I’ll be giving you a handful of self-care habits for your week with the following considerations:
- They must be accessible to everyone, regardless of income
- They must be quick and easy so you can do it before work, on your lunch break, or in the evening
1. Write Your Personal Mission Statement
Good for: before work, or after work
I got this idea from 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. If self-care keeps us plugged into our truth, then our personal mission statement is like the holy-grail of self-care.
Knowing what you’re all about, and having a core compass of truth to guide your decision making is the best way to keep you on track in your life.
2. Learn How to Live a more Purposeful Life & Discover Your Core Compass of Truth
Good for: before work, lunch break, after work
I made a free training which highlights the 3 keys to living a more purposeful life and how to discover your truth. It’s a quick, but insanely valuable. Check it out here.
3. Go Some Place New for Your Lunch Break
Good for: lunch break
Even if it’s around the corner, a different park, or a quick walk around your building, a change of scenery stimulates your creativity.
4. Kiss Someone That Respects You
Good for: ALL the damn time, am I right?!
Dump the folks that make you feel unworthy of love, or less of yourself. Ain’t NOBODY got time (or energy) for that. Protect your heart like you protect your best friends.
Single? Take yourself out on a hot date, tell yourself your ass looks great in those jeans (because it does). Or get indulgent at home. Never doubt the power of a hot bath, a yummy beverage, some incense and homemade brownies (my personal power combo).
Make massive change in your life by figuring out how you want it to FEEL every day. I created a 10 minute audio exercise to plug you into your authentic self, so you can start living the life you want today 👇