Five Ways to Take Better Care of Yourself

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Self-care isn’t just a fad. Knowing your own limits, when to push yourself and when to take care of yourself can help you live your life to the fullest, without the risk of burnout. Here are some ways you can look after yourself.

Treat yourself
Treating yourself is just as important as looking after those around you. It’s easy to forget that you matter too. Splashing out on something like a timeless piece of pearl jewellery might seem extravagant, but having at least one piece of elegant jewellery means you’ll always be able to add style to anything you wear. It never goes out of fashion and can be passed down to younger generations of your family.

Try meditation
Meditation can be a good way to switch off from any worries. It’s important to give your mind a rest sometimes. Although clearing your mind takes time and practice, it’s something to work towards. Providing you don’t put too much pressure on yourself, meditation can reduce stress and enable you to deal with some of life’s unexpected problems, making you more self-aware.
If you set aside time every day, you will soon make it part of your daily routine, and find it easier to switch off.

Make time for exercise
Exercise is good for both mind and body. It has physical benefits for your body, such as maintaining or losing weight, increasing your stamina and turning fat into muscle. The benefits for your mind include boosting your mood, improved social life (and support network) if taking part in group sports or activities, and it can help your mind function. This is why many people find a simple activity like going for a walk can clear their head or help them think.

Say no sometimes
Saying no doesn’t make you selfish. It’s important to take time for yourself, so if something you’re asked to do outside of work or family commitments clashes with personal plans, it’s okay to put yourself first. Don’t feel self-conscious about your reasons, or feel you have to explain. A simple no, or saying you’re sorry but you have plans should be enough, without having to elaborate or feel like you’re giving out your life story.

Try something you’ve always wanted to do
If you’ve always spent time pleasing others or helping them achieve their own dreams or goals, it might seem like your own goals aren’t as important. Yet, you matter just as much as anyone else, and if you don’t try the things on your metaphorical bucket list, you might regret it or feel resentful. Ideally, the people in your life will support you. If they don’t, unless it’s something that specifically affects them, you might want to consider chasing your dreams anyway.

Taking care of yourself can be a surprise to others who are used to you always putting them first. Even though it’s good to support your friends and family, it’s equally important not to forget your own needs.

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