A healthier body leads to a happier mind and life. Self-care encompasses many things and with the competing activities of life, it is easy to be bogged down in daily minutia and abandon our needs and desires, which leads to starvation of spirit. When you think about a healthy body, nutrition and physical activity often follow suit and, while they are two critical components that lead to better overall health, I’m going to address some spiritual and emotional aspects of harvesting self-care.
Fake It ‘til You Make It. Emotions are contagious and affect us and those around us both positively and negatively. Be the first to smile. Hold the door open for someone. Say please and thank you. Buy someone’s coffee. You never know how your actions may affect others and, in turn, set off a ripple effect of good deeds and positive juju. Set a good example for anyone who may be watching! Sometimes joy is a simple choice to show up each day with passion and purpose.
Attitude of Gratitude. Having an attitude of gratitude means making it a habit to express thankfulness and appreciation for the big and small things in your life on a regular basis. It’s important to express your thanks, whether in word or gesture. Look for things that bring you joy. There are no rules except to close our eyes and feel what is in your heart. Keep a daily journal or simply reflect on those things that you appreciate. According to several studies, thinking about all you have to appreciate can boost your happiness and overall sense of well-being.
Log Off, Shut Down, Get Outside. Everywhere you look, someone is plugged into something. Put it down, find the door and go forth into nature! There is no connection with spirit or feeling of rejuvenation like one finds in nature. Walk, run, jog or ride – it does not matter. The sights, scents and sounds of the great outdoors are the best. Celebrate earth day every day. Plus, you’ll have great photos to post on Instagram when you pick that tablet back up!
In short, only you know what makes you tick. Be aware of your thoughts and feelings and don’t be afraid to cut back on commitments if you’re feeling overwhelmed, annoyed or simply pooped. It may be time to take a quiet walk, look through that travel magazine or have an eye to eye conversation with someone you love. The reality is a happier you leads to happier exchanges with others, less drama, negativity, and internal turmoil.
Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. – Dalai Lama