We as humans all need to remember to take care of ourselves. While a lot of us forget our own needs being more aware of ourselves and keeping our best interests in mind can do far more for us than allowing others to take advantage of our kindness.
Self-care for those who might not be as aware is simply the act of taking care of one’s self. It comes in many different forms and is specific to the person at hand. What self-care looks like for me might not be what self-care looks like for you and there is nothing wrong with that.
Below I am going to go over some basic rules those who struggle to keep their own well-being in mind should be aware of. These rules will help each of them to begin taking care of themselves on a proper level that allows not only growth but also emotional stability. If you’re struggling, this is something you need to take the time to read.
10 ‘Rules’ For Self-Care That You Need To Be Aware Of:
Don’t beat yourself down, if you wouldn’t say something to someone else why say it to yourself? You deserve the kindness you give others and should be working to bring yourself to a brighter light. While it might be hard to cut back on at first, being too hard on yourself is not going to get you anywhere.
2. Remember that self-care is specific to each person.
Self-care is different for everyone as I mentioned above. What self-care looks like for one person is not going to be the same for everyone. There is no universal one size fits all, try things out and go from there. Do what works for you.
Toxic people should hold no power over you. Those who use you or bring you down do not deserve a place in your life. Knowing when to cut ties is important. Just because someone has been in your life for a long time does not mean that they should remain there.
4. Forgive yourself and move forth above all else.
You have to know how to forgive yourself, we are all human and we all make mistake. Perfection does not exist in this world and you need to come to terms with that. Moving forward is not going to be possible if you’re constantly beating yourself up over things you had no control over.
5. Remember you do not owe anyone anything.
You are only here to live your life, you do not have to live out the dreams of other people. The people around you might think that they deserve to control you but they do not. You do not owe anyone anything and you need to keep this in mind as you move forward in your day to day life. You get to make your own decisions, point blank.
6. Don’t ignore your own emotions.
Your emotions matter more than you might realize. The more you pay attention to your own feelings and the way the things in your life are playing out the better you will feel in the end. Bottling up your emotions will only drag you down, don’t feed into that kind of negativity.
7. Stop putting yourself in harmful situations.
Taking care of your mind and your body are both a part of self-care. Don’t place yourself in situations that could for the most part end in you being hurt. You deserve to live a full life and while that will involve taking risks you need to be aware of the risks that are worth it and the ones that are not.
8. Set personal limits and boundaries.
Personal boundaries are important. These limit the kind of things you allow people in your life to do to you and within your presence. When you are being taken advantage of setting these limits can be more than enough to turn everything around. You do not ever have to do things you do not want to do, period.
9. Clear through the past appropriately.
Don’t dwell on the past. The past is not something that can be changed so spending time obsessing over it won’t do anyone any good. The more you learn to grow properly and move forth the more you will become closer to the person you always wanted to be.
10. Take time off when it’s needed.
Never hesitate to take a break when you need one. If you’re doing something that is literally pulling the life out of you, you need to know when to take a minute for a little deep breathing. The more you overwork yourself the more stress you’re going to end up under.