Today’s world is demanding more than ever from us. It isn’t good enough simply to live. You must be faster, fitter, stronger than ever before. Self improvement is big business, and it is no surprise. We really do want these things for ourselves, but it isn’t always easy to achieve. Ask anyone who has tried to quit smoking or adopt a healthier diet and you’ll know just how hard it really is.
Self improvement doesn’t have to be a nightmare however. By starting your self improvement strategy with some basic self care first, you may find other areas of self improvement easier. Most of us don’t take great care of our bodies, and neglecting ourselves make it so much harder for us to resist the behaviors we want to improve.
A little pampering might seem like the opposite of self improvement, but self care can improve your mood, help you feel better about yourself, and make you better able to handle the challenges in life. Here are our top favorite ways to give your body the care it deserves.
Pay attention to your skin
When you are exhausted after a grueling work week, it’s easy to skip the face routine, and sometimes even the shower. Taking care of your skin however can be a revitalizing experience that helps you feel better about yourself, and gives you an improved sense of well being. A simple scrubber and 5 minutes of your time can make a big difference in how you feel the rest of the day.
You don’t need an elaborate skin care routine with hours of face masks and serums, but a few minutes of your time tending the largest organ in your body can go a long way to making you feel better overall.
Get enough sleep
When you are feeling tired, your ability to make good decisions drastically lowers. The healthy breakfast you promised you’d eat in the morning suddenly turns into doughnuts and a sugar filled drink because you need that pick me up to help get you through the day.
If you’re trying to make a big change in your life, especially something hard like quitting smoking, it helps to be well rested and in the right frame of mind to tackle the challenge.
Work is stressful. Home life can be too, especially if you have young children or a difficult in-law. We can’t always escape these things, but we can reduce the amount of stress we feel by meditating. Taking a few moments for yourself and your thoughts can help you feel less stressed, and more able to handle the problems life tends to throw at you.
Take a hot bath
There is something wonderfully pampering about relaxing in hot water. Bubble bath, scented oils, a candle and a good book can feel as nice as a vacation when you finally take that time for yourself. If you still have that scrubber, you can handle two of these tips in one go, treating yourself to that enriching exfoliating experience while at the same time indulging in a hot bath. It’s the best of both worlds, and truly worth the time.
Take your vitamins
Most of us don’t get all the nutrition we should. Without specific vitamins, particularly vitamin B12, we don’t think as well as we would without it. Lack of iron can also cause fatigue, and so can lack of vitamin D. If you’re having trouble staying focused, feeling a little depressed, or can’t seem to stay well, taking your vitamins is a great place to start. (Well, and a doctor trip. But seriously, everyone needs vitamins to be healthy.)
Take a real day off
We tend to fill up our days with stuff that needs done. Your day off is filled with cleaning, chores, shuttling the kids to where they need to go, or doing the shopping. These are all necessary things, but a day of rest can be critical to helping you cope with life. At least once a month, have a day with no plans. Don’t force yourself to go anywhere or do anything. Just rest. You’ll feel better, and so will the rest of your family.
Taking care of yourself is vital to your good health. You simply can’t improve yourself if you are too tired and rundown to do so. A little pampering may seem silly, but it will help you become a better person.