With all of the demands on us these days we forget to worry about one important thing… ourselves. When it comes right down to it, we sacrifice sleep, food, exercise, etc all in the name of… what, “responsibilities?” Isn’t our biggest responsibility to take care of ourselves? And once we do, it almost always seems like every thing else falls into place and suddenly becomes easier. Once we figure out what we want, and listen to our needs we have a much easier time accomplishing what we want to accomplish. Here are a few simple ways to re-focus your energy back onto yourself and start treating yourself well every day:

  • Pay Attention To Your Own Needs And Wants: Sounds simple enough, yet we rarely do this. Learn to listen to what your body and mind are telling you to do, whether it’s sleep more, eat more, exercise, socialize, or just stay in and watch a movie. The more in-tune you are with what your body and your mind needs, the better you will be at taking care of yourself by eating right, exercising, and sleeping well and the better your outlook on life will be because you will not only feel great, but that positive energy will spill over into every thing else you do. Also, don’t forget to reward yourself once in a while. If you want those chocolate chip pancakes, eat them. If you have been wanting to buy something in particular for ages, get it. You are allowed to treat yourself once in a while.
  • Take Time To Do Things You Enjoy Or Learn Something New: When we get so busy we tend to forget that we are allowed to have a little fun. The best thing to do is to make a list of the things you enjoy and then try to figure out how to work those activities into your weekly and/or daily schedule. I love to play piano and sing and finally after over a year I brought my keyboard down to my apartment and I am so happy that I did. Now when I am bored or stressed I can sing and play and completely turn my mood around, while also becoming better at something that I love to do. Better yet, you can also take time to do things you have always wanted to do, like learn how to cook or start learning how to play a new sport.
  • Get Something Done That You Have Been Putting Off: Clean, re-organize your closet, pay a long overdue bill, whatever it is, once you have done this it will immediately reduce stress.
  • Dress In Clothes That Make You Feel Good About Yourself: When you walk outside and you have on a fantastic outfit, your make-up is done, and your hair looks great, you automatically have self-esteem and you are starting your day off in a positive way. Try every day to put your best face forward.
  • Spend Time With People Who Make You Feel Good About Yourself: This seems like a no-brainer but if you think about it, how often do you do something because you “feel like you have to” even though, you really don’t want to and it feels like torture. Yes, there are certain things in our lives that we are forced to do whether we like it or not, but friendships and relationships should make us feel happy and supported, not the opposite. Avoid those people who treat you badly. You have the power to choose how YOU respond to this negativity. You can’t control other people but you can control how you react to those people, whether it is ending a friendship, or telling them how they upset you. There is no reason to be around someone who has a negative impact on your life or your self-esteem.
  • Make Your Living Space Relaxing And About You: You can take a few tips from my previous post if you want to re-decorate or you can simply display photos or special items that remind you of things you have accomplished or people who you love. Use creativity to add comfort. Make a space just for you.

In order to accomplish some of these things it takes self-discipline but even doing one or two of these things can have a vast improvement not only on your stress level, but on your overall outlook on life. You want to take small steps toward realistic goals and remind yourself that you have needs too!