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19 Feb 2013 / Julie

6 daily self care rituals you will want to try

Last week I talked about how sometimes your body knows more than you do. Do you pay attention to when you’re tired or hungry (and actually stop to rest or eat?). If you’re like me, not always.

Listening to your body – and taking some serious time daily to provide care for YOURSELF is über important. Self care is usually the first thing to go out the window when you’re busy or stressed – but it is the FIRST thing that will keep you balanced and able to meet all your responsibilities well. If you haven’t been taking care of yourself, there’s less hope in you being able to take care of others.

To that end, FastCompany has a lovely article you should read. I’ve brought the main points over here for your convenience:

1. Drink a glass of water when you wake up

Your body loses water while you sleep, so you’re naturally dehydrated in the morning. A glass of water when you wake helps start your day fresh. When do you drink your first glass of water each day?

2. Define your top 3

Every morning Mike asks himself, “What are the top three most important tasks that I will complete today?” He prioritizes his day accordingly and doesn’t sleep until the Top 3 are complete. What’s your “Top 3″ today?

3. The 50/10 Rule

Solo-task and do more faster by working in 50/10 increments. Use a timer to work for 50 minutes on only one important task with 10 minute breaks in between. Mike spends his 10 minutes getting away from his desk, going outside, calling friends, meditating, or grabbing a glass of water. What’s your most important task for the next 50 minutes?

4. Move and sweat daily

Regular movement keeps us healthy and alert. It boosts energy and mood, and relieves stress. Most mornings you’ll find Mike in a CrossFit or a yoga class. How will you sweat today?

5. Express gratitude

Gratitude fosters happiness, which is why Mike keeps a gratitude journal. Every morning, he writes out at least five things he’s thankful for. In times of stress, he’ll pause and reflect on 10 things he’s grateful for. What are you grateful for today?

6. Reflect daily

Bring closure to your day through 10 minutes of reflection. Mike asks himself, “What went well?” and “What needs improvement?” So… what went well today? How can you do more of it?

 

I personally think these are easily doable even in the busiest day – and things that will ensure that you’re at the top of your game. And being at the top of your physical, mental, and emotional game is the best way to tackle all your things and make it happen.

Take good care of yourself!

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