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At some point in everyone's life, we become so busy that we sometimes forget to stop and take care of ourselves.

Every day, you show kindness and can be helpful to others, but when did you last show yourself the same kindness and care? If you ever feel exhausted and tired then maybe you need to focus on giving yourself the pampering you deserve.

Taking a break and adding self-care to your daily life helps in reducing the chance of physical and mental issues and gives you a stress-free life and a feeling of happiness and joy.

By giving yourself “me time,” positivity will surround you and you will have a clear mind.

  • 1. GET ENOUGH SLEEP
  • Getting enough sleep should be a priority. By getting enough sleep you are treating your body with the care it needs. Give your body time to recharge and allow your brain and emotional self a rest. You will be surprised at how productive you will be the next day.

  • 2. EAT FOODS YOU LOVE
  • Allow yourself to give in to “guilty” eating. Whether you are body conscious or doing workouts, allow yourself the simple pleasures of eating your favorite chocolate desserts or yummy, juicy steaks once a while. It is not to ruin your special diet; it is a form of self-care because it is what makes you happy.

    Coffees on a table and a motivating book

  • 3. DO NOT OVERTHINK THINGS
  • Life questions us with riddles and mystery. And as humans, we take it seriously and search for the answers persistently. We overthink and overwork ourselves and therein lies the trouble.

    You forget about yourself, always thinking every now and then about what your future holds and forgetting about the present. Let life unfold naturally and just go with the flow. Enjoy yourself.

  • 4. STOP COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHER PEOPLE
  • “Why is she so beautiful and here I am looking like a potato head?” “How is he so good at work when I can’t even complete a report in a day?” “Why is it so hard for me to earn money while they are overflowing with cash?”

    Have you ever asked yourself such questions? If you do, stop it already. You are only hurting yourself, lowering your self-esteem and causing self-destruction. In this world, we are born unique.

    You do not need to prove yourself to anyone unworthy of your time, because if they truly care, they will see it radiating from you.

    Man smiling sitting on stairs

    5. PAMPER YOURSELF
    Go shopping and buy a dress or a shirt you really love. See a movie with someone and forget work for a while. Visit a salon and get your hair and nails done. Go to a barber shop. Simple things like these will make you feel happy and enjoy your life at the moment.

  • 6. BE ACTIVE AND EXERCISE
  • Being active and exercising does not necessarily mean you need to go to the gym and really work yourself. Be active and exercise in a fun way like doing Zumba or yoga, or at least find an exercise that will make you feel better when you are done. It is not only good for your mental health but will also improve your physical wellbeing.

  • 7. START A CONVERSATION WITH SOMEONE WHO CARES
  • Nothing heals better and puts your mind at peace faster than talking with someone who actually cares. In this world full of hypocrisy and judgmental people, having a deep conversation with someone you can connect to can be a wonderful moment and can light up the dark thoughts in your life.

    Woman on a kayak on a beautiful lake

  • 8. TRAVEL
  • Explore the world as you explore yourself. Go to the beach and enjoy the sunset. Go caving or hiking and find your inner peace with the sights you have never seen before. Travel to places with beautiful scenery, places that radiate with a serenity that you will never forget.

  • 9. LEARN TO SAY NO
  • Well, look at your face on the wall as the employee of the month. How happy must you be feeling right now? But how about the mental pressure and sleepless nights you have encountered just for that title?

    It is good that you do well at work or in school, but sometimes there are people who can be abusive at times and stack you up with work or deadlines when in fact it should be their responsibility.

    Being nice is okay, but you should also be nice to yourself. Such people will thank you for the moment but will forget it over time. It is yourself who will be by your side forever, so try to double up the kindness you give to yourself.

  • 10. GO ON A ROAD TRIP OR GO CAMPING WITH SOMEONE
  • Go on a road trip with no particular place in mind. You can do it in the middle of the night. Just you, a friend, the road and music. If you get tired, you can set camp and have a nice campfire. Then talk about life or a meaningful topic and find yourself enjoying the day.

    Paints and brushes

  • 11. DO SOMETHING YOU ARE GOOD AT
  • With so many things and work being forced on you on a daily basis, you sometimes can’t find the time to do the things you are good at and you end up forgetting all about it. But, once again, take time for yourself and do something you are good at. It will help you show off your skills and boost your self-esteem. 

    If you love to paint, buy those colors and start painting instead of working. You are a great cook; whip up a nice dinner for you and your family.

    The bottom line is for you to achieve self-care; you need to free up some time for yourself. If you work and study nonstop without even a single thought about your physical and mental health, yes, you will likely succeed, but does it make you happy?


    Brian ZengAbout Brian Zeng
    Brian Zeng shares motivational and inspirational articles through his site Ponbee. Ponbee helps individuals understand and boost their morale for self-improvement and creates a space for happiness.