We live in a culture where it’s accepted, and sometimes even celebrated, to be “too busy” to care for yourself. Women, especially, feel pressure to take care of everything and everyone else first, before taking time for themselves.
We think that’s messed up. Caring for yourself should come first- it’s not selfish, it’s necessary! If you don’t take care of yourself, your capacity to care for others is lessened.
Here are 10 of our favorite tips for showing yourself some love and appreciation + promoting health and well being:
Go for a walk, turn on some 80’s music and dance around in your living room, do some yoga, hit a punching bag. You’ll get a hit of endorphins, your mood will receive a positive boost, and anxiety will be reduced (it’s science!).
Make some space in your life for quiet and stillness. Just a few minutes spent quieting your mind and centering yourself will have a lasting effect on your whole day! Check out these tactics for incorporating meditation into your lifestyle.
Log off of Facebook, turn off notifications on your phone. The internet can be an especially tense and stressful space these days. Give yourself time away to give your brain and emotions a break!
Write It Out
Journaling might seem *so* high school, but it’s a great way to collect your thoughts and slow down enough to really discern what you need+want in order to be living your most happy and fulfilled life. Journaling is also a great way to practice gratitude- try writing down something you’re thankful for every day.
Read About Something Good And Inspiring
Read a positive news article about someone paying it forward. Read about a feminist leader who inspires you. Read a good book featuring a badass heroine.
Spend Time In Nature
Nothing soothes the soul like spending time outdoors. Go on a quiet hike through the woods, spend an afternoon skiing (or laying on the beach, if you don’t live in the frozen tundra like the MY SISTER team).
Laughing has huge physical and physiological benefits. Laughter lowers stress levels, builds your confidence and resiliency, and just feels good. Watch a funny movie, hang out with that friend that always makes you laugh… or if you’re brave enough, try a laugh therapy session!
Connect With Your #GirlSquad
We all need friends in our lives that uplift and encourage us. Make sure that you’re making time to be nurtured and guided by the women in your life who truly understand and support you.
Say “No” To Something
Put your foot down and quit with the people-pleasing already! If you want to say no to something, say it! If you know that you don’t have the time or energy to say yes to a request or favor, it’s in your own best interest to kindly and firmly decline. You’ll feel relieved and empowered!
Banish “busy” and knock something non-essential off your calendar to sleep in every once in awhile. Your body, brain, and emotions will thank you!
Want more ideas? Check out these lists by some of our favorite badass female writers and creatives!