Taking care of yourself can get a bad rep for being seen as being selfish or self-absorbed. However, making small positive additions to your life can result in you living a lovely, beautiful, not to mention stress-free life.
For instance, indulging a little on a self-care trip can make a huge difference in your life. So you aren’t feeling particularly stressed – who cares? Pressing pause and enjoying some of the fruits from your labor is ok, and always very much needed.
Getting away for a weekend every now and then or doing the things that bring you peace can help you disconnect, relax, and be rejuvenated. Check out these six self-care ideas to feel the rejuvenated.
#1 Stop being a Perfectionist
There is no such thing as a perfect person, a perfect, life, or a perfect career journey. As a matter of fact, the word “perfect” should be removed from the dictionary and thrown away. The idea that we have to be perfect in almost everything we do sets a new level of pressure on us that just brings added stress.
Stress is such a silent killer that it is important we treat ourselves with love and care. In order to achieve the feeling of rejuvenation, you must eliminate any idea of wanting to be perfect.
You were made uniquely you and because of that, you are already more than enough. Life is full of adventures that don’t need to be planed or organized down to the very last detail. Perfection is the enemy of the good. There is no one in the world that has created something that went perfectly.
When you come to a place in your life where you truly allow yourself the freedom to move and let go of the idea of perfection, you create new pathways to create something fresh.
If you want to get some mental clarity but have been working off a strict budget, no worries! Groupon has amazing deals for getaways or other adventures to help cure that self-care drought.
Groupon is an American global e-commerce marketplace connecting subscribers with local merchants that are offering activities, travel, goods, and so much more. You can find things such as facials, guided tours, boat rides, and physical activity classes, all on Groupon for a low price.
Groupon is the greatest and most affordable way to give yourself a self-care weekend.
#3 Use Accountability Partners
Having friends that hold you accountable means you have a group of supporters who want to see you win. In some ways, it is hard to hold yourself accountable, especially when you have deadlines you need to meet.
If you fall short, it can be a blow to your creativity, which leads to a lack of rejuvenation in your life. When you have friends that hold you accountable, that in itself is treating yourself. You are the company you keep and it helps to surround yourself with like-minded people or people that encourage you to go outside of your comfort zone.
Relying on your accountability partners costs you nothing, but rewards you with so much. Find someone who you can share goals with. Then, when you do accomplish something you worked so hard at, you have someone else to celebrate with.
It is equally important to be aware of who in your circle is rooting for you and who isn’t. Weeding out the ones that are not supportive is self-care as well!
#4 Use the Sandwich Principle
Not very many people are familiar with the sandwich principle, so let us introduce you. The sandwich method involves incorporating something new into your already scheduled routine.
Think of it as the three S’s of habit cultivation. Do things at the Same time, Same place, and Sandwich something new in between the two habits you already have. Some people sandwich meditation between the last meal of the day and going to bed, for example.
Self-care is important for your mental as well as a physical being. Including this method into your daily lifestyle will bring you a newfound peace that you didn’t know was missing.
#5 Say No
Saying no is priceless. As CGS has mentioned before, just because you are caring for yourself does not mean you will go broke! As women, we often feel like we have to wear many different hats and always say yes.
The truth is, you do not have to do something you do not feel like doing. The demands that get placed on us may feel overwhelming; the goal of taking care of yourself is putting you first. One of the vital ways of practicing self-care is protecting your energy, and more importantly your sanity.
Give yourself time before you feel the need to respond if you can or cannot commit to something.
#6 Recognize your success
Time stops for no one, as we have all heard time and time again. Nevertheless, it is healthy for us to stop and smell the flowers and take the time to recognize our successes.
A lot of the time, we keep our heads down and work but never remember to bring it back up to see how far we have come. Celebrate your wins and strengths, whether that is over a brunch or a girl’s night out!
When you take the time to honor your success, you are practicing self-care. Self-care comes in different ways.
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For the folks in the back who feel like they have to dig deep in their pockets to spend a ton of money to self-care we are here to tell you: you won’t and certainly shouldn’t. These self-care trips don’t have to be costly! It is possible to treat yourself without breaking the bank.
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The CGS Team