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4 Steps to Self-Care
By OPRF Interact
Posted on 2/22/2021 10:42 AM

When things get overwhelming, it becomes difficult to remember to take care of ourselves. Remember that for you to give back, help others, and be a positive person, you must first take care of yourself.

In this article, we will be sharing four steps you can take to improve your overall wellness and prioritize self-care.

Step 1: Reflect

The first step is to reflect on your current physical, mental, and emotional state. Consider where you are, where you want to be, and how you can get there. Self-reflection allows you to take a closer look at your lifestyle and examine where you can make improvements.

Take some time to journal and reflect on the following questions:

  • What are my current habits and routines? How do I spend my time?

  • How is my physical health? Consider diet, exercise levels, water intake, and sleep patterns.

  • How do I cope with difficult emotions?

  • How do I treat myself? How do I speak to myself?

  • What are some thoughts that shape my overall mindset and outlook?

  • What makes me happy? What energizes me?

  • What are my goals and values?

  • In what areas could I improve?

Step 2: Shift your mindset

The second step is to shift your mindset. Self-care is not selfish. It is vital and necessary to your wellness. Think of self-care as an investment in yourself and your future. By taking time to love and care for yourself, you are showing your dedication to becoming the best version of you. Remember, you cannot put good into the world until you are content with your inner world.

It is also important to remember that on this journey of self-development, the goal is not perfection--it is progress. Striving for perfection will only lead you to feeling unfulfilled. The key is to love yourself and accept your flaws, while also taking steps to improve.

Step 3: Incorporate self-care daily

Next, make a list of your favorite self-care activities for your mind, body, and soul. Then, keep this list somewhere easily accessible.

Here are some ideas for activities:

  • Journal

  • Read

  • Meditate

  • Stretch or exercise

  • Listen to music

  • Draw or color

  • Take a tech break

  • Repeat positive affirmations

  • Do a breathing exercise

For more ideas, click here.

Use these activities to increase your energy and improve your mood. You can also use some of these activities as coping skills for when you are feeling sad, lonely, overwhelmed, stressed, or anxious.

It is also important to take care of your physical health. Make sure to eat a healthy, balanced diet and consume enough water. Try to exercise for at least 150 minutes a week and get 7-9 hours of high-quality sleep a night.

Step 4: Stay in tune with yourself

As you continue to incorporate self-care daily, it is important that you check in with yourself every now and then. Notice your thoughts, feelings, emotions, and sensations. Check in with your mind and body. Then, reflect on what has and hasn’t been working for you.

Focus on improving your self-awareness so that you can develop and adapt your self-care toolkit.

Remember to stay safe and healthy.

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