Many of us struggle with feeling less positive and upbeat than we would like to be. Here are 5 simple self care practices for a happier, less stressful life.
Many people are rightly interested in finding ways to take care of themselves more proactively – and to simply do things that help to “take the edge off.”
Of course, it’s not always entirely clear what is the best course of action. So, here are a few simple tips and suggestions that might be helpful on your quest to enhance your overall well-being in life, and cope with and move past whatever troubles might be afflicting you.
Sometimes people mistake “taking care of themselves” with only “taking care of themselves in the present.”
Of course, doing things that make you feel good in the present is important.
But, it’s also important to realize that some actions which might relax you momentarily, may compromise your future well-being in significant ways.
People use drugs or alcohol because they find the effects pleasurable or desirable in the here and now. But over time this may create an addiction with many health and emotional issues.
Just what this entails will vary depending on your life circumstances, and your age, among other things.
Taking care of yourself could involve taking up tennis or a new sport you love (if you’re younger) – or taking time to plan your future well being (if you’re getting older) and researching the Best Senior Citizen Centers Guide.
Generally speaking, however, there will be certain practices that will significantly boost your well-being in both the short term and longer term, irrespective of your age and other factors.
This point is closely related to the previous one, but differs slightly. It’s simply a reminder that often the things you need to do for self care might require a little effort and work.
If you were just doing what you “felt like,” you might decide to go on a large junk food binge.
Maybe you’d order a pizza or eat a pint of ice cream.
This would “feel good” for a moment, but it wouldn’t be too long before you felt a significantly worse “rebound effect” – in the form of a “food hangover” or a sugar crash.
As mentioned above…
As we’ve been discussing, people need to do actions which are not…
But, it’s also important that the pendulum does not swing too far in the other direction – where you become preoccupied with hard work, long-term thinking, and self-denial!
In particular, it’s very important to not get carried away with a “hard work above all else” ethos.
Be sure to find a point of balance where you do light-hearted and fun things on a regular basis.
Keep your work life in balance – so you don’t burn yourself.
There are plenty of opportunities, every day, to stop, be present, and “smell the roses,” so to speak.
If you’re never “here” you’re never going to truly appreciate each moment for what it is.
One of the best ways to improve your sense of well-being is to improve your overall sense of self!!
Each day you must take steps to become the kind of person you can actually “like” and be proud of.
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Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.
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