Self-care is the latest buzzword but it is oh, so much more than a buzzword! It is really important to focus on yourself first, this is not selfish, it is lifesaving. Apply the longtime airline preparation phrase to your own life “Put your oxygen mask on before helping anyone else.”. “You can’t help anyone else if you aren’t taking care of yourself.” If you have heard these phrases a lot lately it’s time to act.
How can you focus on self-care in your own life, especially if you are new to self-care?
Self-care starts with taking care of you, becoming ultra-aware of situations that upset you, understanding you have choices and then choosing the less stressful path for you. Conduct your life in a way that will provide you with the most peace; good “time-choices” and planning ahead will help you. Let’s say you want to start DeCluttering your home for a move. Imagine if you started DeCluttering today and that today was 3 months before your scheduled move. Your stress level should be much lower than if you chose to, instead, wait until the week of your move. That’s taking care of yourself. You reduce your stress in an already high-stress-level event by utilizing the extra time you have given yourself to prepare for your move. An hour here and 4 hours there, months in advance, will impact your move in a positive manner.
Self-care includes having awareness of your stressors. Become aware and look out for your stressors and minimize them as much as you can. Your stressors might be very different from someone else’s stressors. Events that don’t bother you at all could be huge triggers for someone else and vice versa, the secret here is being able to identify your own triggers and limit your exposure to them.
My best piece of stress reducing advice is to look at your time-choices, plan out as much of your calendar as you are able, to include hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, yearly planning. Make time-choices your friend. Create awareness of your stressors and triggers and avoid or deal with them without delay.
Let me know how these work for you.