Many people are running through life trying to do and be everything, but we tend to forget the most important person throughout this process – ourselves. This tends to become even more of a habit when family and friends are around us, asking for our time and attention.
While it’s very important to remain connected with our loved ones, this doesn’t mean that we should forget about taking a bit of time for ourselves as well. Unfortunately, many people have been taught that taking care of oneself means being selfish. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
There’s a very important difference between being selfish and taking care of yourself. While the former means that you think the world revolves around you, the latter is a healthy self-acknowledgment that’s essential for your own well-being in today’s world. So if you are thinking about getting yourself a new travel french press and going out to the park for the day, you shouldn’t hesitate to do so.
It’s essential to love yourself and make sure that compassion, energy, and (the hardest one these days) time are present in your life. The good part is that there are small things you can do in order to make sure that you prioritize yourself in a healthy, self-loving way.
Watch Your Language
This should not be perceived as something that a parent would say, but it’s important to be aware of what you are saying. Language can directly and profoundly impact your mood, thoughts, and perspective, so if you watch what you are constantly saying to those around you, in an aware manner, you may be surprised by what you discover.
Many people tend to beat themselves down, especially when things don’t seem to go in the right direction. However, it’s exactly in those moments that you should treat yourself with compassion and encouragement.
Chances are that you are already doing a lot better than you think you are, so you can try a little exercise, namely saying to yourself exactly those things that you would say to a dear friend if they were in a similar situation.
Take Time for Yourself
In today’s society, time never seems to be enough for everything that you want to do. If you are rushing through every day and through your life, you should stop every now and then. Taking time for yourself is crucial, and even ten minutes can make a difference. You can also reserve an entire day for yourself.
You can go shopping or to a park, but the important thing is to steer clear of anything that you may perceive as a burden or as something that needs to be done for others. It’s a good idea to turn off your social media accounts as well during such days.
Many studies have shown that social media can lead to a negative impact when it comes to our overall satisfaction with our own lives. The answer is pretty clear, things tend to look better online than they actually are, so don’t hesitate to see your friends over a cup of coffee, instead of believing their social media accounts.