Practicing regular self care reminds us (and others!) that our needs are important too. We are so quick to spend our time and energy caring for for the people we love. But for some reason we hesitate when it comes to taking care of ourselves.
Setting aside time for self care sends the message that we value ourselves, which makes others value us more too. When we feel valued, we feel more connected to the people we love and we are less likely to feel resentment towards them.
(1) Get enough sleep
Sleep for at least 7h. You will be more productive when you are not tired. Make your sleep time a priority. Get comfortable bed, mattress & sheets. Make sure you have flowers in your room and it is always clean. Don’t keep laptop and paperwork in your bedroom. Get rid of TV. Make sure this is a place to sleep and be comfortable.
Related read: 20 wonderful ideas for a cozy bedroom
Sheets I am currently using from California Design Den:
Bed, I used to have when I was living in NYC
and best in class Tempur Mattress
If you want to go a step further and analyze your sleep, than Oura Ring should be able to help with that. Or a cheaper version on Amazon:
In this post I explained how much water a day you should drink, why you need it and tips for getting your required dose a day. Make sure to check it out.
Get a cute water bottle and drink up!
(3) Eat clean
When you eat healthy you get more energy. Make sure you deliver all nutrients your body needs. Not only water and protein but all minerals, all vitamins, fiber, carbs, fat. It is necessary to be in good health.
If you are constantly angry or tired or feel fatigue, there is a big chance you either don’t get enough sleep, don’t get enough water or not deliver all necessary nutrients. So your body don’t get the fuel it requires to work properly.
Head to this post and get my Free Recommended Nutrients Intake Sheet to know what and how to deliver. Make a challenge to test yourself if you have deficiencies or maybe are overdosing certain ingredients.
It is that simple. I know people who want to loose weight would be buying supplements to make them loose appetite and buying CDs to train with the fitness guru. All it actually takes is to eat healthy, get enough sleep and exercise. Make it a priority.
Start your day on the gym, so you have the worst part of your day at the beginning, nothing can be worse after a tough workout.
If you don’t like gym, than play tennis, go on a bike, jetski or swim. Find something you like and do it.
You might think this is a waste of time, but it actually help you with focus. When you meditate you make your mind rest, not think about all the million things you need to do.
Try to concentrate and think what is the most important thing you need to do this day. It is probably one of the hardest that will come to your mind, but you have to do it.
Every day do something difficult, this way you will get the biggest progress. Here is a video about how to meditate and why, which made me try out meditation.
(6) Get a massage
I am honest, this is necessary. Every 6 months get a 10 x 1h full body sessions. This will help you tremendously with how your body feels and remove the toxins.
My masseur once explained to me how massage helps your body. Imagine a kettle where you boil water. All you put to the kettle is water, nothing else, clean water. After 6 months you will see a residue so you need to descale it.
Imagine your body, everything you eat, all the flavor enhancers and preservatives that are now being added to your food. We don’t eat just raw foods, but we fry and deliver lots of toxins to our bodies from the processed foods.
Drinking water and getting the required amount of fiber helps with removal of the toxins but massage is also necessary. We sit a lot, our posture is not always straight. Massage is a necessity if you want to be healthy.
It is also good to get a relaxation massage once a month with a scrub and aromatherapy, but always remember that every 6 months you should be getting a 10 sessions massage.
Go on weekend trips outside of your city. Every 3 months go on 9 day vacations – (Sat to Sun). This will help you recharge, help you get focused and help you clear your mind so you can find new ideas.
Sitting in the same place over and over can be depressing. Go on Pinterest look for inspirations where to go. Get a nice hotel or airbnb.
If you have a superpower and speak English (and if you are reading this post, you have this superpower:) you can stay in many places for free, where host would ask you to give some private english lessons to their kids. I saw ads like that even in Bora Bora.
(8) Get a facial
Once a month get a facial. Get a chemical peel and make sure your skin is in the best possible condition. It will make you feel and look better. My favorite is RF micro needling which makes your skin younger and helps with acne scars and wrinkles. Check out Groupon for ideas.
(9) Get a laser hair removal
If there is one thing I would recommend to everyone it is laser hair removal. That is the best gift you can give or get. It works magic and save you a lot of time. I’ve been going on a treatment for a year, with visits every 5-6 weeks. After that I didn’t go for a year. Now I am after second treatment and 3rd one will be the last one for probably the next year or so. I am currently treated with Candela machine and it is the best thing I could get myself. If your friends birthday are coming up, check with her if she wants it, she will be thankful for this gift!
You can get it on Groupon too.
(10) Get a mani-pedi
The better you look the better you feel. The better you feel the quality of life is better, so head here to check out all the amazing nail designs.
Again, you can get good deals on Groupon too.
(11) Get a haircut
Inspire your hairdresser with this amazing haircut ideas.
Check out deals on Groupon too.
(12) Teeth cleaning and check up
Do it every 6 months to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy. If your teeth are not sensitive do a whitening procedure as well.
Check out deals on Groupon too.
(13) Get your eyelashes done
or if you are like me just get yourself fake ones. I use ARDELL Demi Whispies
(14) Eyebrow micro-pigmentation
This is a huge timesaver and will change your life forever.
Here all my eyebrow related posts.
(15) Invest in good skincare
Treat yourself good from the inside and from the outside.
Surprise yourself every month with Sephora Beauty Box
(16) Get yourself a luxury gift
at least once a year. Whatever your budget allows you. If it is a new car, new jetski, new handbag, new pair of sunglasses, just make sure it is something that will make you proud that you got if for yourself.
My money philosophy is to spend no more than:
50% on life (rent/mortgage, bills, necessities)
30% invest (best in your own business and your education)
10% save (money u never plan to touch- emergency money) and
10% to spoil yourself
You don’t have to do it on monthly basis. It is even better to do it on a yearly basis. Make sure you spend money on yourself as well. It can be holidays, can be car, clothes, lingerie, jewelry, cinema, spa, whatever you feel like spending it is yours, you deserve it. If you feel like you can’t do it, that means you should do something about it. Cause living paycheck to paycheck shouldn’t be your life sentence.
You can make a lot of money online in your spare time, even if all you can do is speak English.
You can even make money shopping online.
(17) Get out in the sun
go on holidays, don’t sit in office and home all year round.
(18) Laugh & smile
watch something funny, read something funny, meet with friends and have some fun as often as you can.
Be the reason someone smiles today.
Smile is the best makeup a woman can wear.
(19) Read & educate yourself
Set goals and achieve them. Be happy with your successes.
Love your other half, your family, your friends, your pets, make sure there is someone in your life that you love and make sure they know. Give them flowers, make them lough, surprise them. Cherish the moments and capture in beautiful photoshoots.
(21) Do something good everyday
help someone, even if you just offer to take picture for the tourist. Smile, be kind, it always comes back.
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