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 interested in finding ways to take care of themselves more proactively.
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 an important self care practice.
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 many health and emotional issues.
Just what this entails will vary depending on your life circumstances.
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.
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 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.
You must not become preoccupied with hard work, long-term thinking, and self-denial!
Be sure to find a point of balance where you do light-hearted and fun things on a regular basis.
Self care means that you 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.
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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