Your Self-Care A-Z Guide for 2019

Always look out for #1

You’re #1.

Breathe.

Not to be Captain Obvious, but you need to breathe. Try experimenting with a little meditative breaths too – do nothing but focus on your breathing for a minute or two.

Call up friends.

Coffee dates, too.

Don’t document.

Yes, I’m talking about those Instagram stories. Even – and especially – when you’re doing self-care. (You don’t want to turn self-care into an exhausting chore, do you?)

Expect the worst, hope for the best.

Self-care isn’t about shutting ourselves in a bubble of good feelings and cozy blankets. It also means being realistic about our circumstances, so we know if we need to move to change them or find ways to live with them.

Fluffy things help.

But hey, if it’s a really bad day, you can totally cry into that pillow.

Get active.

Happy hormones!

Happiness journals!

Doesn’t need to be fancy, either. Keep it simple.

If you really need to, quit.

We always have the choice to walk away from painful situations or things that don’t make us happier and healthier. Find ways to get out of that funk.

Just do the thing.

Be it a naggy item on your to-do list or a big project you’ve been meaning to try, you don’t lose anything by pulling a Nike and just do it.

Keep it simple.

Hey, do you really need twenty different backpacks? Don’t overwhelm yourself any more than you already are every day.

Live with yourself.

This means to be as completely self-aware as possible. Know who you are, know your strengths, know your weaknesses. Be who you are, but still try to be a better.

Mail blockers.

Use something like Boomerang for Gmail and other helpful apps to pause those emails from pinging. You don’t need the distractions.

No more not-sleeping.

Make this also #GetSomeSleep2019.

Open up.

Be vulnerable.

Participate in group activities.

Even the most introverted soul in the world enjoys some social time. You don’t need to burn yourself out, but being part of a group can fill you with the joy you didn’t think you needed.

Quit negative self-talk.

This is going to be a frustrating habit to kick in the face, but you’ll get there. In times of doubt, list down your superpowers.

Read. A lot.

Even if you’re not a big reader. Do nothing for a few minutes and just lose yourself in a book. You’ll thank me later.

Schedule breaks every now and again.

Not just long vacations. Even short five-minute breathers are important too.

Take up an interesting hobby.

Time and time again, novelty has been proven to lead to bouts of happiness. Break out of that rut.

Understand.

Self-care also isn’t about selfishness. Make more of an effort to be more empathetic to other people. When we make others happy, we become happy ourselves.

Volunteer.

Because when we make others happy, we become happy ourselves.

Welcome every new day with a grateful spirit

You’ll be surprised at how far gratitude takes you.

X-factor: you’ve got it.

When you think you can’t, remember all the reasons you actually can.

You’re beautiful.

– even when you don’t feel like it. 😉

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