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Author credit Helen Bradford
A lot of the times, we get caught up in our day to day hectic lives, working maybe a little too hard and stressing about things that do not matter that much. Sometimes it is essential that we take a moment to make sure that our own basic needs are met. One of the most common answers someone will give you if you ask them whether they have a self-care routine is that they simply do not have time for such things. The truth is that everyone, even the busiest people out there can make time to take care of their soul and overall well being. As a matter of fact, continuously keeping up with a stressful lifestyle might have serious consequences in the long run. Thankfully, here are some important tips that will help you out.

  1. Make yourself a priority
    On top of the list of helpful tips is the importance of making your own wants and needs a priority. Making excuses such as the famous line „I don't have enough time“ will not serve you in any way. In reality, if you get rid of some habits in your daily routine that do not do you any good whilst replacing these with self-care rituals, you will be one step closer to feeling both mentally and physically better.

    2. Get into a new routine
    Do not forget, we have the same number of hours in a day as Beyonce! A good way to start making yourself a priority is by identifying some of the activities that waste your time, such as checking social media all the time, or engaging in small talk. Instead, try replacing these things with a self-care ritual such as making affirmations, journaling, meditating, or reading a good book.

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  2. Eat a healthy diet
    It is not a secret that the first step to self-care is making sure that our body is getting all the essential minerals and nutrients from real whole foods. Someone who consumes too much sugar and processed foods will likely perform poorly in life. Busy people might find that prepping their meals saves them a lot of time to do other important things throughout the day. Luckily, there are companies that offer flavourful weight-loss friendly meal plans that are great for people who are always on the go. In addition, you get to customize your meals, which can be delivered to your own home address.

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  3. Exercise
    Working out goes hand in hand with eating healthy. If you do not want to invest in a top-quality gym membership, then even a brisk walk will do the trick. To make sure that your exercise routine fits into your busy schedule, try waking up earlier than usual and complete your workout before you go to work. Yoga is also an excellent way to make sure that you move your body. Exercising has a ton of health benefits such as lowering cholesterol levels and making sure that a heart attack is at bay.

  4. Get enough sleep
    A hectic schedule can disrupt your sleep patterns, and it may lead to irritability and depression. By getting at least seven hours of uninterrupted sleep every night, your immune system is able to rebuild itself. It is not a secret that sleeping enough contributes to an overall better mood and optimal performance. Poor sleep leads to serious illnesses and it may have major consequences on your health.

  5. Call someone
    Sometimes, a friendly voice may lift your spirit more than anything else. A good tip is to call a family member or friend when you are feeling stressed. By doing so, you will get a new perspective on the issue. A lot of the times, this is exactly what is needed to calm us down and bring us back into reality.

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  7. Have some alone time
    Busy moms and social butterflies know the importance of quality alone time. If you are surrounded by other people all day, you tend to neglect your own needs. Because of this, it is vital that you take a step back to recharge. By having your own area in your home, you make sure that you can do fun activities that you enjoy, without other people interrupting you. Having privacy to read or merely to think is important for self-care.

  8. Get up after failing
    No one is perfect, and it is important to aim for balance instead of perfection. One must accept that failure is a part of life and what matters is getting back up and trying again. Try building coping techniques such as mindfulness and gratitude. Next time you get a flat tire on your way to work, remember to breath and not get stressed out about things that you can not control.

    In summary, we must be willing to look after ourselves, because this way we will function at our best. Make a promise to yourself that you will focus on the truly meaningful things in 2019.