Discover Cues to Reset Your Mind
If you find you are having difficulty staying in the moment as you get ready for work, find a way to refocus your thoughts. I have noticed that the moments between tasks—stepping out of the bath, for instance—are great as mental cues. When you start to think about your morning movements this way, you can train your mind to automatically snap to the present as you complete one and start the next.
Locate the Good
Whether about work, relationships, or yourself, your complaints are cleared, but it’s not a good idea to stay on them as you plan for what’s ahead. Put them away, and rather focus on what is going right in your life. Intended gratitude is an approach that many people use to create a positive mental environment for themselves. When used in the morning, gratitude can affect the course of events you’re about to encounter.
- Identify what activities help you feel your best.
- Put it on your calendar — in ink!
- Sneak in self-care where you can.
- Take care of yourself physically.
- Know when to say no.
- Check-in with yourself regularly.
- Surround yourself with great people.
- Consider the quality of self-care.
- Remember that self-care is non-negotiable.
Allowing yourself to safely experience your full range of emotions.
1. Develop friendships that are supportive.
2. Write three good things that you did each day.
3. Play a sport and have a coffee together after training.
4. Go to the movies or do something else you enjoy.
5. Keep meeting with your parents' group or other social groups.
6. Talk to your friend about how you are coping with work and life demands.
This involves having a sense of perspective beyond the day-to-day of life.
1. Engage in reflective practices like meditation.
2. Go on bush walks.
3. Go to church/mosque/temple.
4. Do yoga.
5. Reflect with a close friend for support.
This is about maintaining healthy, supportive relationships, and ensuring you have diversity in your relationships so that you are not only connected to work people.
1. Prioritize close relationships in your life e.g. with partners, family, and children.
2. Attend the special events of your family and friends.
3. Arrive to work and leave on time every day.
Activities that help you to feel clear-headed and able to intellectually engage with the professional challenges that are found in your work and personal life.
1. Keep a reflective journal.
2. Seek and engage in external supervision or regularly consult with a more experienced colleague.
3. Engage with a non-work hobby.
4. Turn off your email and work phone outside of work hours.
5. Make time for relaxation.
6. Make time to engage with positive friends and family.
This involves activities that help you to work consistently at the professional level expected of you.
1. Engage in regular supervision or consulting with a more experienced colleague
2. Set up a peer-support group
3. Be strict with boundaries between clients/students and staff
4. Read professional journals
5. Attend professional development programs.
- Develop a regular sleep routine.
- Aim for a healthy diet.
- Take lunch breaks.
- Go for a walk at lunchtime.
- Take your dog for a walk after work.
- Use your sick leave.
- Get some exercise before/after work regularly.
- Practice gratitude. Start your day by saying 5 things you are grateful for, perhaps even before you get out of bed.
- Speak more loving words about/towards yourself.
- Get outdoors more.
- Put down your electronics and unplug for an hour every day.
- Spend time alone.
- Drink more water.
Live Healthily, eat healthy foods, get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and avoid drugs and alcohol. Manage stress and go for regular medical check-ups.
Practice good hygiene. Good hygiene is important for social, medical, and psychological reasons in that it not only reduces the risk of illness, but it also improves the way others view you and how you view yourself.
See friends build your sense of belonging. Consider joining a support group to make new friends.
Try to do something you enjoy every day. That might mean dancing, watching a favorite TV show, working in the garden, painting or reading.
Find ways to relax, like meditation, yoga, getting a massage, taking a bath or walking in the woods.
Here are six areas of self-care that you need to address in order to nurture yourself in a full and balanced way:
Adventurous Self-Care: Choosing to pepper our lives with adventure can open the mind and awaken the soul.
1. Do some hardcore nesting and make your home or bedroom as cozy, beautiful, and comforting as possible.
2. Fix a small annoyance that's been bothering you at home.
3. Visit the library or a bookstore.
4. Check your to-do list for something that's been there for ages, and get it done.
5. Declutter a room or a small space.
6. Write a review of a business you like. Spread some goodwill and positivity.
7. Develop a relaxing evening ritual.
8. Pick and read a book that's easy and fun, then give it away, perhaps to a younger person in your life.
9. Make your bed.
10. On days when you lack self-confidence, try on expensive suits and dresses at a local boutique and see how good you look.
11. Work on a jigsaw puzzle.
12. Listen to a chapter or two from an audiobook.
13. Make a Spotify playlist based on your current mood.
14. Start a journal to record your thoughts and experiences.
15. Forgive others who have hurt you in the past.
1. Declutter your wardrobe. Every month, pick 3 clothes that you don't love or love the least and give them away.
2. Do something spontaneous.
3. If you are going through something, be it an illness or major life change, educate yourself by learning about what you are facing, what to expect, and where you can get support.
4. Clean up just one small corner of a room in your house. Tidying up can help calm our minds.
5. Learn the basics of a new language.
6. Learn something new. This could be a topic you have been interested in but have never taken time to learn or it could reviewing articles related to your career.
7. If you are feeling overwhelmed, create a plan by listing out your 3-month important tasks and tackling them first.
8. Unplug from email and social media for an hour.
9. Read a magazine.
10. If you are feeling overwhelmed with too much social interaction, go home. Don't be afraid to cancel plans or say "no".
11. If you plan an instrument, try learning a song from a genre or artist you don't usually listen to.
12. Take a mental health day.
13. Put the dishes away.
- 1. Find a new hobby, or revisit an old one.
- 2. Intentionally schedule “me time” on your calendar or planner.
- 3. Reward yourself for completing small tasks.
- 4. Learn a new board game you have never played such as chess, etc.
- 5. Get some inspiration by reading stories of people who overcome adversity.
- 6. Buy a coloring book and crayons.
- 7. Goof or play around for five minutes several times throughout your day
- 8. Catch up on your favorite blog.
- 9. Establish and stick to a routine. Your personal routine can be grounding in times when life seems chaotic.
- 10. Use online tutorials to learn something new.
- 11. Discover your stress indicators, such as mood swings, shortening temper, or feeling drained, overwhelmed, or angry. Use these "warning signs" to let you know you need "me time" and some self-care.
- 12. Listen to a podcast about a topic that interests you, but you have yet to explore.
- 1. Give your mind a break so you are clear-headed.
- 2. Challenge your brain.
- 3. “Reboot” your brain so you can engage intellectually.
- 4. Avoid toxic people.
- 5. Learn not to feel selfish when you say “no.”
- 6. Take “should” out of your vocabulary. Stop feeling you “should” be doing things.
- 7. Take a nap without an alarm clock.
- 8. Learn more about your local history.
- 9. Challenge your negative thinking.
- 10. Take another route to work, or do a routine differently. Develop new neural pathways and keep your brain healthy by mixing up your routine in small ways.
- 11. Learn how to make a budget and keep track of your money.
- 12. Sew, quilt, or crochet something. Engage your hands.
- 13. Try something new in your living space. Rearrange all of your furniture in a way that makes you more comfortable. When your home “looks” new, you receive constant new stimulus until your mind is completely settled with the new look.
- 14. Write a limerick or a haiku.
- 15. Develop an energizing morning ritual including healthy drinks.
- 16. Read fiction for an hour.
1. Eat something you enjoy.
2. Have a long bath or shower, sit around in your bathrobe, and read magazines.
3. Do one thing just because it makes you happy like my flowers in the video.
4. Do a mini-declutter. Recycle three things from your wardrobe that you don’t love or regularly wear or clean out your backpack/purse.
5. Help someone. Carry a bag, open a door, or pick up an extra carton of milk for a neighbor.
6. Stretch. 5-10 minutes to get out the kinks helps your body and mind.
7. Run or walk for a few minutes. Or go up and down the stairs two at a time, get your heart rate up.
8. Touch a pet. If you don’t have one, go to the park or animal shelter and ask to touch one.
9. Give your body comfort. Pick something from your wardrobe that feels great next to your skin.
10. Use lotion or a product that makes you happy.
11. Spend time with real friends and other people who lift you up.
1. Make a date with yourself. Spend an hour alone doing something that nourishes you, not work or things on your to-do list (reading, your hobby, walking around the neighborhood, visiting a museum or gallery, etc.).
2. Praise yourself when you do something awesome.
3. Read books and watch the movies you enjoy.
4. Paint or write something that lets out your creative energy.
7. Learn something new, research something you're interested in.
9. Take a class for fun.
10. Take a quick nap. Only 10 to 20 minutes can reduce your sleep debt and leave you ready for action.
11. Learn mindfulness or connect with a spiritual practice that vibes with you.
Self-care is important for your physical health as well as your mind, soul and, let's face it, your overall health. Without self-care, your relationships with others can suffer tremendously.
It produces positive feelings, which improves confidence and self-esteem too. Self-care is important for your family and friends too. They learn from you, so setting functional boundaries to take care of yourself shows them that they too need to put themselves first and not overextend or overwork.
Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Good self-care is key to improved mood and reduced anxiety. It’s also key to a good relationship with oneself and others.
Self-Care: 12 Ways to Take Better Care of Yourself
1. Make sleep part of your self-care routine.
2. Take care of yourself by taking care of your gut.
3. Exercise daily as part of your self-care routine.
4. Eat right for self-care.
5. Say no to others, and say yes to your self-care.
6. Take a self-care trip.
7. Take a self-care break by getting outside.
8. Let a pet help you with your self-care.
9. Take care of yourself by getting organized.
10. Cook at home to care for yourself.
11. Read a book on self-care for self-care.
12. Schedule your self-care time, and guard that time with everything you have.
Here are some ideas for self-care:
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Do something that energizes your body. Stretch, swim, run, do yoga, or whatever physical activity you enjoy.
Take a long, warm bath.
Create a Gratitude List.
Meet with a counselor.
Unplug for a day.
Do something new.
Dance it out.
Write or journal your thoughts.
Get quality time with a quality person.
Practice a full day of Sabbath rest.
Do an activity mindfully and slowly.
Take a walk.
Reflect on your personal mission statement.
Enjoy a piece of chocolate or a glass of wine.