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The self-care habit: Learning what it means to love yourself

Before anyone can love you, you need to love yourself. Discover the self-care habits that will help you get back to loving number one

The Self-Care Habit Learning What It Means to Love Yourself

As Andre Gide once said: “Loving yourself isn’t vanity. It’s sanity.” However, loving yourself takes more than words and opinions, it takes actions. The only sensible way for you to do so is to adopt several crucial self-care habits. Some of them are there to benefit your physical health, others to help you cope with the stress while there are those who are there to give you a self-confidence boost. To some people this comes naturally and intuitively – for others, this may take some time. Here are six self-care practices that will get you there and six fields that you need to focus on.

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Embrace morning rituals

While addressing the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day, Admiral McRaven stated that if you want to change the world you should start by making your bed. The reason why this is so important is because it will allow you to get things done from the moment you open your eyes and the fact that, no matter how the rest of the day goes, you get to return to your already made bed in the evening. In a way, this helps towards self-care as you feel the long-term rewards of your positive actions.

Get some fresh air

One of the biggest problems with a sedentary lifestyle is not that it keeps you inactive and increases your bodyweight, but also the fact that, for the most part, it keeps you indoors. Clean, fresh air is important not just for the health of your respiratory system, but for your brain function and mental health as well. In other words: running on a treadmill is not a complete substitute for running or walking out in the open. Fortunately, this is a change that you could introduce momentarily.

Learn how to say no

Perhaps one of the most underrated skills in life is knowing how to say no to people. You would be surprised to learn just how easy it is to get yourself in an unnecessarily uncomfortable situation just because you didn’t know how to say no. Sure, there are some hard scenarios in life that you’ll have to endure, but being in one simply because you found it unpleasant to refuse a person is an absolute worst reason.

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Taking care of your oral health

The reason why your oral health is so important is because it affects your mood, your lifestyle quality and your self-confidence. We all know that a toothache can ruin your entire day, seeing as how it’s something so unpleasant and intense that it will prevent you from focusing on anything else. When it comes to your lifestyle, problems with your teeth and your oral cavity, in general, may cause you to start avoiding some foods or even some of your favorite meals. This alone would be reason enough to immediately visit a reliable dentist. As for the self-confidence part – bad breath, a missing tooth, crooked or damaged teeth may all result in some serious issues and make you smile less.

Prepare your own meals

Eating outside or ordering in is time-saving, but there are so many benefits to preparing your own food. First of all, you learn how to become more self-reliant (a horribly underrated trait). Secondly, you eat healthier, due to the fact that you get to pick and check your own ingredients. Finally, you get to explore your own creativity. Cooking is one of the few activities that allow you to immediately taste the results of your own experiments. Not to mention that mastering one more skill gives you a boost in self-confidence.

Start exercising regularly

Taking care of your body is one of the simplest and purest forms of self love. It’s not just that you’re working towards looking the way you’ve always wanted – there’s so much more “under the hood” of this whole process. Regular exercise is great for self-care as it helps you feel comfortable in your own body and increases your mental and intellectual traits. Once you stop experiencing those pesky back pains caused by bad sitting posture and inactivity and become less fatigued from physical strain, you’ll realise that you’re actually more productive at work as well.

Other people may or may not be there for you when you need help, reassurance or a pat on the back, but at the end of the day – the person that never leaves and the only one that actually changes your life is you. So, next time you feel the need to impress, please or help someone, remember to truly reach your best you need to learn how to love yourself first.

Guest post by Mianna Korben

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