The #1 Self-Care Tip That Helps You Get More Done in Your Life
Let’s talk about staying regular.
If you’ve ever had constipation, you know that a blocked gut makes you feel stomach pain. Everything is stuck, things aren’t flowing as they should, and what should come naturally takes a lot of straining and effort.
Did you know similar effects happen when you don’t practice regular self-care?
Just like staying regular means your body functions better, the same things apply to your mental, financial, social, emotional, and spiritual forms of well-being. If you name a category of self-care, staying regular applies to it.
Today we’re going to talk about how regular self-care can help you keep things moving and get more done in your life.
Take Care of Yourself…Regularly
Regular is going to mean something different for you than it is for me or your neighbor down the road, especially depending on what area of self-care you’re working on.
If we’re talking about physical self-care, a typical person should get around 8 hours of sleep at night, eat 3-6 times a day…basically whatever your doctor or another listened professional recommends.
As for other areas of self-care, you get to decide how and when you want to show up for yourself.
If you’re an extrovert, you may need to get out with friends once a week. If you’re an introvert, you need your alone time. If you’re creative, you need time to create. If you’re stressed, you need time to unwind.
Finding out what you like to do and the things you want to do in your life is a wonderful experience, so I highly recommend thinking about those if you haven’t done it already.
However, once you figure out what you need and what makes you happy, stick with it!
The key to regular self-care is consistency.
There will be days when it will be hard and you won’t what to stick with whatever it is you commit to (e.g., planning time for yourself, exercising, eating less sugar), but doing the things that you want to do and that make you happy will make all the difference.
What Does Regular Look Like?
Let me explain using an analogy about cars.
Given that there are no factory errors, a brand-new car will run like melted butter on a hot summer’s day. It’s smooth, it’s fast, it’s shiny, it looks good, and it gets you everywhere you want to go.
But put 50-100,000 plus miles on it…will it still run and look like the car you first bought?
It depends on how you took care of it.
Did you change the oil often? Did you replace parts when your car needed it? Did you rotate the tires? Did you wash your car often? Did you replace filters? Did you fix rock chips shortly after they happened, or did you let them spread? Was it in the garage or outside?
When cars are taken care of, they can last far past their life expectancy. Heck, they can even look like they just came out of a car dealership even though they’re 20 years old!
Then there’s the beaters, the clunkers. When you go to start that thing, you always have a silent prayer in your heart that you’ll hear that engine sputter to life so you can make it to work. Sometimes you’re even happy when it’s blowing smoke because maybe people won’t see you driving it.
If you were a car (even though we both know you’re more valuable and cooler than a brand-new car), are you performing your regular maintenance?
Are you taking the time to distress, or are you burning the candle? Are you telling yourself nice things, or is your head filled with negative chatter? Are you doing things that you want, or are you always sacrificing your wants for someone else's? Are you sleeping enough, or are you pushing the limits every night? Do you get in 3-6 meals a day, or do you skip meals?
If you want to know whether or not you need to implement self-care in your life (i.e., perform regular maintenance), ask yourself, “How am I feeling? Do I feel good or not so good?”
If you feel good, then you’re probably getting the self-care you need.
If you don’t feel good, then you probably need to do some self-reflection and figure out what your body needs.
The body is amazing at giving you clues to how you’re feeling, so if something is amiss, you’re sure to feel it.
Why Regular Self Care Matters
Everything on Earth, probably even the universe, needs some type of regular maintenance. And there is nothing more important in this world than you.
And when I say you, I mean everyone on this planet.
We all matter.
We are all important and add so much value to the lives of those around us, so it’s imperative that we take care of ourselves so we can do more to love and serve those around us.
If we choose to go, go, go, and do not give ourselves the breaks we deserve, then we’re going to feel exhausted and burnt out with nothing left to give.
But… if we can invest in the time to regularly take care of ourselves, then we’ll discover that we’ll be able to get more done, and do more of what we love.
How are you going to stay regular 😉? Comment Below!