“Self-care needs to be included in what you should be doing. It is not a privilege. It is a necessity.” – Jessica N. Turner
Self-care is being as kind to ourselves as we would be to others. Sometimes when we get so busy or overwhelmed, it can become easy to neglect ourselves. Taking the time to take care of ourselves can make us a better caretaker for others. It is not only good for your physical restoration but also mental, spiritual and emotional. Self-care is necessary to remind yourself and others that you and your needs are important too.
2. Setting Boundaries
“A lack of boundaries invites a lack of respect”
Boundaries are the mental and emotional space between you and another person. The people who have an issue with you having boundaries are the ones that need them the most. There will never be anything wrong with creating healthy boundaries that you will not allow anyone to cross. Setting boundaries, specifically with people that we care about can be hard at first. You may feel remorseful, but creating boundaries is necessary when it comes to caring for ourselves and anyone that has a problem with that, regardless of who they are, does not belong in your space. Your boundaries will guide you and others on what will and will not work for you.
3. Venture Outside Your Comfort Zone
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. -Neale Donald Walsch
At one time or another we all have had trouble stepping outside of our comfort zone. When we stay in our comfort zones, nothing changes and you never get to find out what you’re truly made of. I have always been told, ” Even when we are scared, we should do something that we aren’t accustomed to doing.” It can lead us to unbelievable personal improvement and accomplishments.
4. Protect Your Peace
“Protect your peace. Get rid of toxicity. Cleanse your space. Cultivate love.” – Diddy
Peace is essential to our well-being and honestly anything that costs you your peace is too expensive. Sometimes in order to protect our peace we have to make the decision to eliminate anything or anyone that is toxic from our lives. Whether it be friends, family or material things, negative energy and peace cannot coexist. Peace should always be prioritized above all else.
5. Stop Saying Yes When You Want To Say No
“Live your life for you not for anyone else. Don’t let the fear or being judged, rejected or disliked stop you from being yourself.” – Sonya Parker
Why do we sometimes feel like it is so important to please everyone? Is it because we feel like saying no would make someone angry, disappoint them, or seem rude and unkind? Saying no should never make us feel any of these things. We should always say what we mean and mean what we say. Your self-worth does not depend on what you do or don’t do for anyone else. Always remember what is truly important and to make yourself a priority. Trying to make everyone happy is impossible and it can lead to unnecessary stress and frustration.