The other day my father asked me, “What makes you happy and less stressed out?”. I was silent, which rarely ever happens, but it made me stop and think for a moment. I was reminded in more ways than one that the most important thing we can do is take care of ourselves. I’m coming off some extremely long weeks, some travel for work and preparation for the fall season at the studios, which has made me realize even more the importance of self care.
Wether you have a stressful job, a beyond full schedule, or a busy family to take care of, stress is part of our lives. However taking care of yourself is important not only for you but also for everyone you care about in your life. Taking care of yourself while things are going smoothly, will prepare you better for when drama happens.
Taking care of yourself is not selfish. It is the best thing you can do for yourself, your life, your goals, your dreams, and for everyone you care about in your life.
Below I have listed 5 steps that you might want to try to take better care of yourself:
GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Wind down your night by putting your phone and computer away. Don’t fall asleep checking Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! (I’m guilty of this myself so I’m just saying) Sleep is essential to your health. Get enough. Start tonight. Adults can have bedtimes too!
PREPARE MORE MEALS FOR YOURSELF
If you cook, you are going to pay attention to what you are eating. Buy a cook book, or browse some cooking blogs online (like ActivewearUSA mag for example), start preparing your meals and make healthy choices.
SPEND YOUR TIME WISELY
Your time is very valuable. Spend your time with people that make you feel good. Align yourself with work that fuels your creativity. If you have a job that stresses you out, find ways to not let it consume you.
DONT POSTPONE YOUR HAPPINESS
Your life is happening right now. Watch out for thoughts like, I’ll be happy when this happens. Decide what steps you should take to make your life better, and make the changes now.
AND DONT FORGET YOU ARE A ROCK STAR
There is nothing to fix. Cultivate and work toward things that inspire you and make habits of things that nurture you. Your health and your life isn’t a goal, it’s an ongoing experience that is happening right now. Enjoy! And take dance breaks!