In the spectrum of life, where do you fall within your daily priorities? Do you put yourself at the top of your daily priority list or are you wedged among the many obligations that come with work, school, family, and social activities?
The Importance of You
Think about it. Of all the people who come in and out of your life, you are the constant. You are the only person with yourself 100% of the time. Therefore, it stands to reason that taking care of your mind, body, and spirit ought to be at the top of your priority list.
If your priorities don’t include much about you, it’s time to switch up with these strategies.
Give yourself regular check-ups.
From time to time, evaluate the state of your mental and physical well-being. Identify what seems to be going well and where you might be struggling.
Change it up for the better.
Make it your personal mission to care for your mind, body, and spirit. Think about ways to address those areas that impede your well-being and take action to implement changes.
Leave your excuses behind.
Most of us can come up with a million good reasons for doing some priorities over others. Say “no” to the excuses that undermined your ability to take good care of yourself.
Be your best advocate.
As you create your daily “things to do” list, start with yourself. What few things can you do to contribute to your self-care each day? Include activities that are easy to achieve and will result in meaningful outcomes.
Keep learning and improving.
Research out the latest self-care techniques. Expand your scope to include a wealth of different resources and subjects on better living.
Make a lifelong commitment.
Treat your self-care as a lifelong marathon. Avoid the “sprints” of enthusiasm that come with New Year’s Resolutions or the spur of the moment inspirations. Move forward with the intent to make this a forever commitment to your success.
Move on from your mistakes.
There will be times that you might backslide and do things that can be detrimental to your well-being. Whenever this occurs, analyze the backslide in terms of cause and solution. Never give up on yourself.
Be open to change.
Change is inevitable, so be prepared to adjust. If you find that for whatever reason you can no longer do one type of healthy strategy, substitute it out with another.
Maintain a positive outlook on life.
Staying upbeat and happy can go a long way toward protecting your overall health. Put yourself into situations that add love, gratitude, and joy to your life. Spend quality time with family and friends, meet new people, get an abundance of fresh air and exercise, and laugh a lot. Your emotional and physical well-being are equally important.
As your lifelong companion, invest in caring for your mind, body, and spirit. Despite the time and effort, the rewards will be priceless not only now but for years to come.
Written by: Patricia K. Flanigan, Smart Strategies for Successful Living
Patricia K. Flanigan is a vibrant and passionate advocate for quality living and aging. She has dedicated over 28 years to working in higher education, but now enjoys a more peaceful lifestyle as the founding director and writer of Smart Strategies for Successful Living. In her free-time, she cherishes spending quality time with her family and friends, as well as getting out into nature with her beloved Samoyed dog, Wylie. Patricia loves helping others age gracefully and shares her wisdom through her content to promote the ultimate success in living.
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