We’re used to taking care of other people. We look after our partners and children. We look in on our parents and check they have everything they need. We help colleagues out of jams, and we’re always there for our friends. But when do we take the time to take care of ourselves?
Practicing self-compassion and looking after ourselves is often incorrectly dubbed as selfish. But just know, taking care of yourself is necessary to your well-being. It can help with mood and even prevent certain illnesses. The following tips are simple things we can do for ourselves every day.
Just as you would treat a friend if they were feeling a bit low, apply this to yourself. It needn’t be extravagant. Fresh flowers or a bottle of nail polish would suffice. Just a little something to perk you up.
Take Yourself On A Date
You don’t have to wait for friends or partners. Sometimes it’s good to spend time by yourself. Take yourself off to the cinema, or go and see an exhibition at a museum or art gallery. Just going for a quiet walk can also be beneficial.
Cook Yourself A Meal
The next time you have a night alone, cook yourself a special meal. Don’t just throw something in the microwave or order take-out. Cook yourself something fabulous. Find a recipe you haven’t tried before and go shopping for the ingredients. Experiment and look at different countries for inspiration. For example, the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries have some delicious dishes. Cook with herbs, spices and popular condiments for Asean cuisines, and then pop open a good bottle of wine to complement the dish.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up
Often the inner critic can be a formidable force. Don’t beat yourself up if things don’t go as planned. Learn from your mistakes and move on. Going over and over an issue is pointless and only brings unhappiness. Learn from it and let it go!
Take Care Of Your Body
Show your body some TLC by feeding it healthy, tasty food. Don’t load it full of processed junk food. Take time over your meals and give them some thought. Shop for fresh, healthy ingredients, and look for healthy recipes.
Dress For Yourself
Even if you’re not around other people, dress up. Do your hair and makeup and paint your nails to look pretty for yourself. Wear clothes that you love and you feel good in. Slip into some clothes that reflect your taste and personality.
Do Things You Enjoy
No matter how busy you are, do the things that you love. And do them often. This could be as simple as reading. Or if extreme sports are more your thing, do that too. Whatever fills you with joy and passion, do it.
Taking care of ourselves and loving ourselves makes us better people. It helps us to form relationships and makes us more contented with our lives. Ultimately it leads to a healthier mind and body.
**This post has been contributed**
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