There are several New Year’s resolutions to choose from: quitting smoking, losing weight, becoming more organized, saving more money, and getting your eight cups of water down each day.
Another great resolution is to start practicing more self love, and part of that is setting time aside for self-care activities, that nurture and honor your emotional, mental, and physical health.
Here are seven easy ways to start making more time for yourself each day this year.
1. Drink warm lemon water in the morning.
Drinking warm lemon water will help your body detoxify and will help your skin glow. You’ll get a healthy dose of vitamin C also, which will do wonders for your immune system and overall health.
2. Make time for yoga or a light jog.
Exercising has great benefits such as weight loss, keeping your heart healthy, and also boosting your mood. If you feel stressed or a little down, try going to a yoga class or making some time to go for a light job. You don’t need to kill yourself, but I promise if you make time to exercise regularly, you’ll notice a difference in your physical and emotional health in no time.
3. Shower with citrus body wash in the morning.
In aromatherapy, citrus scents are known to be energizing and uplifting. Opt for a body wash that has orange, tangerine, lemon, or grapefruit oils or fragrances for when you take a shower in the morning. It will naturally have you feeling more positive and full of energy before you take on the day.
4. Read before going to bed.
Reading is a great way to get yourself to calm down before going to bed. Screens from phones and tablets can keep you awake, so opting to read will calm you down, and let’s face it, everyone loves a good story.
5. Limit the amount of time you spend on your phone.
Spending too much time on your phone can make you wired, and aside from that, you know how easy it is for our phones to be distractions, which can lead to procrastination. Do yourself a favor and limit the amount of time you spend on your phone so that you don’t get caught up in too much drama, which can either sour your mood or make you distracted.
6. Take a break when you need it.
Make this year the one where you don’t allow yourself to become overwhelmed. If you feel like you need a break at work, take a walk. If you feel like you’re overwhelmed with commitments in general, schedule a day to yourself where you go to the beach or spa. Make sure to make time for yourself when you need it most.
7. Write down one thing you’re grateful for each day.
Practicing gratefulness allows for you to really get a deeper look at all the positive, wonderful things that happen to you throughout your day, which can totally shift your outlook to one that is much happier and optimistic. When you start writing down what you’re thankful for instead of focusing on mistakes or things you don’t have, you’ll see just how rich your life is with happy, wonderful elements.
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