In today's audio postcard I share some ideas about what prioritizing yourself might look like.
Once you've taken a moment to listen here's a question for you.
What is one think you'd like to start doing to prioritize yourself?
Leave a comment to share your answer!
Last week I talked about the first step to start prioritizing yourself. So, this week, I thought I’d talk about what prioritizing yourself looks like, because it’s different for everyone.
And I have some ideas to share, to get your creative juices flowing, about what it might look like for you.
Get more sleep
This is pretty basic, but sleep is something that we all need (even though we try to make ourselves believe that we don't). Getting enough sleep is essential!
Can you give yourself the opportunity to get in bed earlier, wake up later, or catch a nap during the day?
Create a morning routine
A morning routine really helps to get your day started off on the right foot.
Try creating a morning routine for yourself that that is non-negotiable - something you make time for every day, no matter what's going on.
It doesn't have to be complicated - it might only be 15 minutes.
spend time with other humans
Making time to connect with friends and loved ones feels so good when we actually do it.
Humans are social creatures and we need interaction. But it’s easy to let connections fizzle when you’re feeling overwhelmed. (Hint: that's actually when you need them the most!)
How can you make a habit of regularly spending time with the people in your life that matter most?
Let go of being busy
We spend a lot of our time being busy - hurried and rushing around. We all have to-do lists that seem like they’ll never end.
But here's something to consider. You keep yourself occupied doing all the things, but are you actually being productive and using your time well?
Eat healthy food
Feeding yourself nutritious food gives you the fuel you need to get through the day.
Spending a little time each week to prepare healthy lunches that you can grab and go, is a wonderful way to put taking care of yourself at the top of your list.
Ask for help and support
This can be difficult in a culture that values self-reliance. A culture that tells us asking for help and support makes us weak or incapable (which is total bullshit, by the way!).
Are there opportunities to ask your friends and family for help - to assemble a support team? And where can you delegate some of those tasks on that huge to-do list of yours?
Learn to say “no”
It can be difficult to say “no” to all the requests that come your way. You want to be helpful. And it can feel selfish to say "no".
But when you truly don’t have the time and energy, saying “no” is actually the least selfish thing to do. So how can you practice saying “no” to get comfortable with it?
Disrupt your routine
We all have a regular routine and rhythm to our day. But every now and then it’s fun (and beneficial) to disrupt it and do something different. Mixing things up can spark new ideas!
Can you make time to get outside and explore? To work on a fun and creative project? Or spend time with a friend you haven’t seen in forever?
You are not responsible for everything and everyone
Really, you aren’t!
Giving yourself permission to not take responsibility for everything and everyone will help to free up your your energy. Energy that you can use to do the things you love and enjoy.