Everyone knows that self care is necessary, but just knowing you need to do something doesn’t mean you’re going to do it. After all, how many of us know we need to exercise, or eat better, but still don’t?
When you’re talking about taking care of yourself and your body, you have to make it a habit. It needs to be something you’re so used to doing that it feels wrong not to do it. But how do you start a habit? That’s the tough part.
Many folks believe you need to start these habits from scratch, which is a lot of work. But that’s not the case. Instead, you would have a much easier time taking one of your bad habits and adjusting it to a good one. That way you kill 2 birds with one stone.
The trick is finding something that makes you want to do your bad habit, such as eating when you’re stressed and finding something that’ll give a similar reward. There are lots of ways you can do this, here are 2 of the most common ones.
Replace Stress Eating with Exercise
Stress eating is very common especially among Americans. While it’s not something to be ashamed of, it should be noted that this habit does lead to health problems. When you’re stressed, you’re looking for something to do to give you a quick sense of pleasure and the reward is that your stress is reduced.
The problem with eating is that the food we stress eat is usually high in sugars which give an immediate high but also a terrible crash that can actually increase your stress, causing the cycle to repeat itself.
Instead, you can put a hard stop to stress by replacing food with a physical activity. Exercise is the healthiest way to reduce stress and the effects stay with you. It’s miles better than food and especially sugar and it has the same trigger and relief.
Schedule Time for Thoughtful Reflection
Everyone needs at least a few minutes everyday for reflection. They need to understand what they are doing, why they’re doing what they’re doing, analyze where they are and where they want to go. This is where creativity flourishes, and without this little bit of time, your creative spirit can start to dwindle off.
So really work on your calendar and schedule in a minimum of 30 minutes every day for thoughtful reflection. Once you pick that time make sure to stick to it, and do it everyday.
Some people benefit from doing this first thing in the morning, others right before they go to bed. Either way, don’t let yourself end the day without having completed your self-care time.
Self care is critical for your health and there are all sorts of ways you can turn it into a habit. The key is to look at your own behavior, make your health a priority, and find a way to organize yourself so that these patterns stick.