Take Care of Yourself
4. Taking Care of Yourself
Take care of yourself means creating a life that fits well with who you are and what’s important to you. It’s recognizing that being super busy is a form of self-sabotage and deciding to prioritize better sleep and health. It’s compassionately setting boundaries with people who hurt you and saying no to things that make your anxiety rise. It’s figuring out what brings you joy and doing it often, whether that’s going for a run or eating healthy.
Start by assessing your existing strategies for meeting your needs and determining how effective they are. Then, decide which ones you want to keep and which you want to replace. Once you’ve identified the most effective strategies, create a plan to incorporate them into your daily routine. You may find that your plans need some tweaking as you go, but that’s OK. The goal is to make the changes stick, and eventually they’ll become habits. That’s how they become lifelong self-care practices.