If you’ve been too busy with life as of late, it’s probably time now that you think about the things you need to start doing for yourself today. A great self-care routine begins with taking small steps in a new direction towards treating yourself better. How can you begin to do just that?
You can start by doing any of the following things for yourself. These steps are the best way to begin showing yourself true self-love. Why put your happiness on hold a moment longer when you can start creating it right now? You have all the power you need to create the life and happiness you desire, so go get it! All it takes is knowing the right direction to step into to begin a life-changing journey.
16 Things You Need to Start Doing for Yourself (Today)
1. Create a Vision for Your Life
What do you want your life to look like? How do you see you? Take some time to envision and realize the person you want to be, then let yourself become who you want to be.
2. Start Being Your Genuine Self
All too often we hide our true selves away from the world out of unnecessary fear. Starting today, let yourself shine even if you think your closest friends may find you a bit eccentric.
3. Do Something to Work Towards Your Goals Daily
Ask yourself “What is the smallest thing I can do to work towards my goals?” Even if it’s something as small as devoting five minutes to a meditation practice a day, eventually it will blossom into a practice you can be proud of.
4. Go Easy on Yourself
Life is not a competition, yet so many people treat it as one. Do not let failure or setback crush you from moving forward. Look for the lessons within and take this new knowledge with you.
5. Spend Time with Good Company
Instead of trying to impress the “right” people, why not spend your time with the ones who will celebrate your victories? Your tribe will consist of those whom you can call upon in your hours of need as well as those who will not hesitate to be there when you get a new job or promotion.
6. Nourish Your Body
Your body is how you experience the world. If it’s not treated properly then you won’t be able to enjoy many of life’s pleasures. Drink plenty of water and make sure to maintain a colorful diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables.
7. Pause throughout the Day
Life moves fast, but taking a moment to admire it can ground you for the next moment. Pause, breathe, and admire the beauty of the falling rain or colorful autumn leaves.
8. Identify Your Values
Knowing your core values can help you live more authentically. Start by getting in touch with what drives you and everything will begin to fall into place.
9. Let Yourself Feel
Life moves so fast that we hardly have time to feel our own emotions. Emotions exist for a reason, so let yourself feel them. Explore emotions when they arise, in a journal if you wish.
10. Celebrate Small Victories
No matter how small, a victory brings you closer to your goals, and feels good to boot! Celebrating small wins boosts your confidence and opens the door to bigger successes in the future.
11. Spend Time Outdoors
Spending time with Mother Nature can calm frazzled nerves and soothe troubled spirits. Take a walk or meditate on the earth to receive her healing benefits.
12. Notice the Present
We really only have this present moment. Take time to notice it and what you can do in the here and now to make yourself happy.
13. Be Grateful for What You Have
Abundance flows from showing gratitude for what we already have. We are already most likely surrounded by what makes us happy. Give thanks for what you have and enjoy it.
14. Give Your Dreams a Chance
You probably have lots of dreams that want to take flight. So why not give them a chance? If you believe it can succeed, then you can make it take form from just an idea to a goal.
15. Prioritize Your Happiness
Your happiness is yours and should stay that way, yet so many things vie to take that away from us. Make a commitment now that nothing will take your happiness away from you nor distract you form creating it for yourself.
16. Create Your Own Happiness
In the end, you are ultimately responsible for creating your own happiness and quality of life. No one or thing can do it for you. Listen to your intuition and your heart; they’ll tell you what makes you happy and how to get it.
Those are sixteen things you need to start doing for yourself, and what better time but to do them now, today.