If you find yourself often putting yourself last, then you probably need to take some lessons in self nurturing. Since you often give every last bit of your energy and time to your families and your job, you have to learn how to nurture yourself.
These self nurturing activities can help rejuvenate you to get everything done while feeling good about yourself.
Exercise and Eat healthy
Working out can bring physical benefits as well as help you clear your mind. Whether you like to run, lift or work out at home, it can do wonders for your self-esteem and make you feel invincible.
Filling your body with nourishing foods instead of overly fatty or sugary foods will improve so many aspects of your life. Your mood, energy levels, strength, even skin, and hair can benefit from a healthy diet. Of course, a healthy diet can also help prevent serious diseases. By looking up healthy recipes or watching cooking tutorials online, you could nurture yourself to a healthier body, impacting every part of your life.
Get quality sleep
We all could use more sleep. Let’s be honest, when was the last time you took a nap instead of working or doing housework or running the kids all over town?
Self nurture can mean listening to what your body tells you it needs. If you’re often tired, experiment with going to bed earlier at night, or taking a short afternoon nap each day.
Try a tech or social media detox
Although there are strategies you can use to ensure your social media habits don’t make you miserable, chances are you could use a break. One of the best self nurturing activities is to detox from social media.
While we enjoy certain parts of our Facebook experience, it’s often a big time-waster. It doesn’t usually leave us feeling fulfilled. It can be so healthy to take a break from all technology for a time, if possible, or at least from social media and lifestyle influencers.
Spend time with a friend
It’s really that simple! Spend time with a good friend. Many of us saw how important friendships and social connections are, especially during the worst of the pandemic. To give yourself an instant mood-booster, set up a time to get together with a friend. In-person is wonderful if that’s available, but even long-distance friendships do best when we connect. A regular Zoom call to check in with each other can help shorten the miles between you.
Join a group activity
Find a local group of people that share one of your main interests. This could be pottery, cycling, volunteering, yoga, writing, you name it. A group activity is awesome because instead of sitting around with strangers trying to have a conversation, you’re doing something. You have an instant connection. Go have fun and make some friends around a shared experience.
Improve your financial wellness
Wherever you are in your financial journey, one way to nurture yourself is to improve your financial wellbeing. If you’re in a lot of debt, that’s got to be stressful and frustrating, so taking steps to get out of debt will be a huge improvement.
You might want to learn how to budget more carefully or how to invest. Maybe saving for a fun vacation is a goal of yours. These all count as self nurturing activities because they benefit you.
Keep a gratitude journal
Being grateful has so many benefits for our lives, so why not incorporate gratitude into your daily life with a journal? Showing gratitude in written form can help you become more aware of good things in life.
Try something new
Novelty can be scary, but it can also surprise us. When you open yourself up to new experiences, you explore the possibility of finding something you enjoy. Or you may hate it, but you end up conquering a fear. Part of self nurture is recognizing that you are human, and you don’t have to know how to do it all. You don’t have to be good at everything right off the bat, either. Maybe now’s the time to learn how to start learning how to invest and change your financial future with what you do today!
Meditation sounds intimidating to some people because we’re so used to a constant state of busyness and chatter. It’s not always easy to sit quietly and focus on your thoughts. An attitude of mindfulness allows you to fully embrace the present, instead of worrying about the future.
Now, this may sound like the opposite of self nurturing, but it’s true that doing something kind for another person can increase your own happiness. Research shows that people who are kind have a generally higher well-being.
Self nurturing can happen by simply being kind and loving to people who cross your path.
Take out time to nurture yourself!
Self nurturing is such an important part of being a well rounded and contended person. Even though you might not be able to do self nurturing activities as often or for as long as you’d like, don’t neglect yourself.
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