Doing More for Yourself

Doing More for Yourself

Doing more for yourself should be something that is taught in school because as adults so many of us are rubbish at it. Mover over Pythagoras Theorem and hello self-care 101. Doing more for yourself and making sure that you have time for yourself is really important these days. Life is busy and stressful, so many people find it very difficult to find the time and energy to dedicate their own needs. However, you definitely should try to find that time and do more for yourself because if you don’t, only you will suffer in the end. So why is doing more for yourself such an important matter? Why should you care? 

You’re in Control of Your Own Destiny

When you’re an adult your life often feels in some way constricted by the million and one responsibilities we have. That said you’re the one in control of your life, so if you don’t give yourself time to focus on yourself, no one else is going to do that for you. Only you can decide how you spend your time and what your priorities in life are. Make yourself a priority if you want to live a balanced life and avoid stress later on. It’s the only way to live.

Doing More for Yourself Reduces Your Stress Levels

When you find time for yourself, you will realise that you don’t need to feel stressed out all the time. It’s usually when you’re focusing on things that are external that you feel stressed and pressured. When you take time to reevaluate and focus on your own needs, you can really reduce those stress levels and make everything easier and calmer for yourself. Stress levels have a physical as well as a mental impact so shouldn’t be ignored or simply be “put up” with.

Time to Yourself Helps You Process Things

Simply having time alone in which you can think things through can be a big help to you in life generally. It’s so often the case that people are so busy rushing through life that they barely ever have a moment to themselves. When you have a little time to yourself, you will start to process things much better and find clarity. I finished a mindfulness diploma in January 2018 and it has really changed the way that I choose to process things. Look up mindful living!

Everyone Deserves a Treat or Indulgence From Time to Time

Doing more for yourself sometimes means treating yourself, and that’s not something you need to feel guilty about. Unfortunately, some people do feel guilty when buying jewellery for themselves or treats like that. There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself to things that you like and want as long as you can afford it and are in control of it. Indulge yourself from time to time. A new book, some perfume; whatever tickles your fancy.

You’ll Burn Yourself Out if You’re Too Focused on Everyone Else’s Needs

Burning the candle at both ends means one thing… you are going to end up burning your bum! When you’re always rushing around doing your best for other people, whether that’s your partner at home or your boss at work, you inevitably get tired. If you keep that kind of lifestyle up for too long, you will end up getting burnt out to the point at which you just snap and can’t take it anymore. There’s nothing to be gained by pushing yourself that far. 

Don’t think that being kind to others is a no go, far from it, however, there’s too much at stake for you not to pay attention to yourself. You will only suffer long-term if you don’t prioritise doing more for yourself over doing everything for everyone else.

I’ve fallen foul of pretty much every pitfall life can throw at you when it comes to not prioritising yourself and have learned many lessons. Don’t travel the same hard route if you don’t need to; prioritise yourself!

Balancing Your Mental And Physical Health

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Your mental and physical health go hand in hand; taking care of them both simultaneously is an absolute must for a long, happy, healthy life. You can’t just exercise and eat right while ignoring your spiritual and emotional needs. You might look good on the outside, but it’s doubtful that you’ll feel good on the inside. This is something I’ve learned over the years and is something I wish I’d known sooner.

Many things you do can affect both your mental and physical health as one; it’s very rare that one doesn’t influence the other. Read on for some *useful advice on taking care of both aspects of your health:

Exercise And Eat Right

Exercising and eating right isn’t just good for the way you look and your physical health, but the way you feel, too. Exercising and eating right can have the following benefits:

  • Stronger body
  • Better quality of life
  • Find it easier to perform certain tasks
  • Live a longer life
  • Have a healthier mind and happier outlook
  • Fend off mental and physical diseases
  • Stress relief

Above are just a few of the main benefits of eating right and exercising. You don’t have to be perfect, and you certainly don’t have to exercise every day. Simply getting into a routine that works for your lifestyle will work. Just remember that you need to enjoy it, or you won’t stick to it! This has long been something that I have struggled with but I am making the effort and trying new things. From a mental and physical health point of view though I need to keep my efforts up.

Find Work That You Enjoy

We spend the majority of our lives at work, so it’s super important to find work that we enjoy. If you’re going to work 5 days a week in a job that means absolutely nothing to you, you’re likely not going to feel great. Work is a huge drain on your time and energy, so you want to make sure that it’s meaningful to you and that you enjoy it. If you’re really into a subject, let’s use fitness as an example, start looking at courses you can take and personal trainer interview questions to prepare. You can always change your working situation if you want to, so don’t feel like you’re stuck. Put an emergency fund into savings and figure out what your dream is. Go for it. Life is too short not to! I took the big scary leap into self-employment over twelve years ago when my eldest was born and haven’t looked back.

Meditate to Aid Mental and Physical Health

Meditation is an activity that we would all do every day if we only understood it and the benefits. Meditation helps us to get in touch with who we really are at our core and helps us to feel like we’re part of something bigger than ourselves – which we are. Below are some more benefits of meditation:

  • More clarity
  • More creativity
  • A happier, calmer outlook
  • A more positive mindset
  • More focus
  • Better sleep
  • Better physical health
  • Less stress

If we could all just meditate for at least 10 minutes a day, it would do us the world of good. Rather than turning to an escape, meditate. Use an app to help you. If you get into a consistent routine, you will soon experience the benefits for yourself. It’ll likely be hard at first, but all good things are worth the effort. I meditate and completed a mindfulness diploma at the beginning of the year. I’ve not looked back.

Find Ways To Reduce Stress

Stress is a big hindrance for both physical and mental health. By finding ways to reduce stress, you’ll find that work gets easier, maintaining your home is a breeze, and you actually meet your health and fitness goals more easily. Just because stress is invisible, doesn’t mean you don’t suffer from it. It can cause tummy aches, hair loss, appetite changes, sleep changes, and more. It really is something you need to watch out for and combat if possible. Easier said than done, I know, but even small changes can alleviate stress.

Make Sure You’re Getting Adequate Quality Sleep

Getting plenty of sleep is good, but getting plenty of high-quality sleep is better. If you’re getting 9 hours a night but it’s broken, you’re going to feel just as bad in the morning as if you got less than 6.

People tend to need varying amounts of sleep, depending on age, activity levels, climate, and more. One person might function well on 6 hours a night, somebody else may need 9. Aim for 8 hours quality sleep and see how you feel. You’ll know if you need more or less based on whether you feel like snoozing your alarm in the morning, and how you feel throughout the day!

To help your body get into a natural rhythm, go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning. You may not even need an alarm if you do that for long enough. Just remember to do it on weekends too. If you find yourself constantly wanting to sleep in on the weekend, it’s a sign of sleep deprivation during the week. Below are pointers that will help you to get better sleep in order to make positive changes to your mental and physical health:

  • Wind down at least an hour before bed with no technology
  • Avoid caffeine later on in the day
  • Drink sleep tea before bed time
  • Make sure your bedroom and bed is suitable
  • Take a hot bath
  • Set a nice atmosphere with room sprays and aromatherapy
  • Make sure your room is completely dark

I thrive on six hours of quality sleep, other people are different. What we (Roy and I) do love is our Lumie lamp which gently wakes up with increasing levels of light rather than a jarring loud alarm going off.

Take Time Every Day For Self-Care

You should be taking time every day for self-care, whether that’s exercising or making yourself a nice healthy meal. When you take better care of yourself, you can take better care of those around you.

Spend Less Time With Toxic People

If you have toxic people in your life, it’s time to remember that they could be draining you. Pay attention to the people who make you feel energized and those who make you feel drained and not good enough. This is a lesson I learned the hard way and can now say that I surround myself only with positive people, people who bring happiness to my life and I’m very grateful for them.

*These tips, based on my own experiences are no substitution for proper medical advice so please see your GP if you are struggling with your physical or mental health.

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