Between work, workouts, meal planning, family, and friends, there is very little time left in the day for the most important thing—YOU. Practicing self-care can be challenging, mostly because we never seem to make it a priority. Why is that? Being the best version of yourself takes time, dedication, and intention. Solidifying healthy self-care routines are particularly important with the holiday season upon us, when our focus tends to shift even farther away. Don’t have any idea how to start saying “YES” to YOU? We do. Let us help, so you can be your very best, fulfilled self.
1. Practice Saying “No” First
I get it, it’s hard to say no to those things or people you care about most. However, always saying “yes” sometimes (okay, most of the time) results in us spreading ourselves too thin. What would happen if you had one or two fewer things to do in a given day? Would your world really come crashing down? Practice saying “no” more often and see what manifests.
2. Eat Intuitively
Eat when you’re hungry and not when you’re not. Before taking a bite or sitting down for a meal, ask yourself if you’re really hungry and if so, just how hungry. Eat accordingly. It sounds simple, but will take some practice. Listen to your body and eat for you—not anyone else, or a pre-established norm. It’s been my experience that when I nourish my body well, I feel lighter and brighter.
3. Set SMART Goals
First and foremost, set goals for yourself. So often we don’t set goals for ourselves at all or we set goals without specific, actionable steps or outcomes. When setting healthy goals for the holiday (or any) season, make sure they are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. Then work on turning these goals into healthy, sustainable habits.
4. Wake Up 10 Minutes Earlier
This extra ten minutes every day may be just what you need to feel grounded before starting your day. Take this ten minutes to do something YOU really enjoy—drink coffee and read the paper or visualize your perfect day. Chances are you may not even miss that ten minutes of sleep.
5. Utilize a Calendar & Alerts
Schedule a meeting and then schedule a little time with yourself. Utilizing the calendar function on your computer or phone is a good place to start. Block 10-15 minutes several times a day for you to take a break and refocus. Use this time to do things that recharge you. You can even set a reminder so you don’t forget to prioritize yourself!
6. Find an Accountability Buddy
Whether you’re driven by competition or motivated by the support of another individual, there’s something to be said about just having another person to be there with you through your journey. Pick a person who encourages you to prioritize you and your goals—this may be a partner, friend or life coach.
7. Adopt a Yoga or Meditation Practice
As a registered yoga teacher, I might be slightly bias, but taking up a yoga or meditation practice could be your ticket to increased self-awareness, self-love, and self-care. Give it a try. Some of my deepest self-discoveries have come from these mindfulness practices. It’s all about listening and responding to your body.