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Your Well-Being is Your Responsibility

Making self-care a priority in your life is vital to you experiencing joy, happiness and fulfilment.

Making self-care a priority in your life is vital to you experiencing joy, happiness and fulfilment.

Being responsible for your own thoughts, feelings, and reactions to situations, is the best way to empower yourself in the present moment. It can help you feel energised and confident enough to make choices that will best support you in creating the life you desire. Here are some ideas for self-care that go over and above simply taking a little “me time” for pampering. This is about creating daily rituals that will support and nourish your whole being. Mind, body and spirit.

Spend time in nature

The healing and restorative powers of being in nature are enormous, yet for many of us, we get less time outdoors regularly that even the compulsory one hour prisoners are allowed to spend outdoors to maintain their wellbeing as part of their human rights. Not only do we get a much-needed boost of fresh air, the change of scenery lets us get out of our own heads, reminds us we are connected to all living things and are part of something much greater than ourselves. It can dissolve tension, reduce stress and provide us with a deeper connection to ourselves and the world around us. Great for mind, body and spirit. 


Create a daily ritual

A ritual is simply something you do at a particular time of day and in the same way each time. Helping to ground you in the present moment and allowing you time to pause.

Taking time for ourselves on a daily basis to really connect with our soul and deepen our connection to self, is essential to our wellbeing and one which is greatly overlooked in today’s technologically led society. Creating a daily ritual that allows us to do that can help build strong foundations from which we can build a life full of joy, peace and fulfilment.

You can make this as simple as lighting a candle and spending a few minutes in silent contemplation, meditation or prayer before starting your day. Perhaps taking time out of your busy day to pause by drinking your favourite herbal tea from a designated cup as you simply watch the world go by. Using the same cup helps reinforce the intention that this time is for you to switch off and “just be”.

Or you could really spend some time and energy creating a dedicated sacred space in your home that allows you to spend longer in contemplation / meditation and fill it with things that inspire, uplift you and hold special meaning. Such as putting on relaxing music, using natural scented candles, stones collected from your favourite beach or pictures of your loved ones.

Explore what works to connect you with your spiritual side. It is a part of you that should not be ignored.

Participate in regular exercise

Don't let your body cease up on you. Maintaining your physical health has an impact on your whole wellbeing. A tired and stiff body stores stagnant energy. Keep it moving, keep it flexible and keep it active. Get in flow! With the growing number of activities we are now able to do online it’s good to remind yourself to keep your body moving throughout the day.

As well as making sure you keep your body moving, ensure you are also feeding it with food that is going to give you the nutrients, minerals and vitamins to fuel it. Ensuring you drink plenty of water to maintain a healthy body is something we also sometimes need reminding of. 8 – 10 glasses a day is recommended. 


Get a good night’s sleep

We all thrive on different amounts of sleep, but there are things all of us can do to ensure the quality of sleep we are getting is allowing us adequate rest.

Create a simple, clutter free atmosphere to your bedroom. Tidying up before you go to bed and making sure you bed linen is fresh, clean and comfortable helps you get the rest you need. Banish technology from the bedroom and instead opt for a calming bedside lamp and a good book if you wish to participate in a relaxing activity before you nod off. Introduce a soothing colour such as a pale green to your bedroom will promote a calm atmosphere. Let fresh air in to circulate daily and think about introducing some sleep promoting room fragrances such as lavender.

Take regular technology breaks

We were not designed to experience life through a smart screen. Nor were we designed to absorb and process information at the rate at which it is now available to us via technology.

Ensuring you take regular breaks throughout the day and limit the time you spend online will free up both time and energy to participate in other activities that your mind body and spirit may be craving.

The possibilities for self-care routines and rituals are endless and experimenting with things is the only way to really find out what works for you. I’d love to hear in the comments what rituals or self-care routines you have in place for yourself to help maintain your wellbeing.

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Linda Pollock

Linda Pollock is a Spiritual Medium, Transformation Coach and the Founder of Mindful Wishes, an online community source for inspiration, self-discovery and empowerment.

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Diane Greve
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I have had a bad habit of spending time on my computer too much and not even realize 4 hours have fast. I got so bad that I would stay up all night and not even sleep. I eventually starting having alot of falls and passing out until I finally fell on Christmas morning and broke my arm, so since then I rarely do that anymore. I try to make sure I get at least 7-8 hours a night and I do feel better now.. I live alone and I like talking to people on facebook, reading quotes and poems until it took up over half my life. I am hoping to limit myself to a couple of hours a day on my computer and try to do more constructive things with my time.

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michelle

these are great ways at looking after yourself i spend a lot of time lost in the nature of the world where i find myself and escape the reality of the world around me its where i become one with myself and in love with everything around me it grounds me into my soiled full form again lifted my spirit and energy levels again

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Nisha KC

I am trying to make my lifestyle healthy and happy. This article is greatly helpful to fulfill my motive.

Rehan Anwar
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love;y .. thx for sharing…

Marisa
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Marisa

I walk every day at the same time in park with tries small river filing connected. Is my ritual same time for 2 hours..

Suzan Muhialdeen
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Suzan Muhialdeen

Very useful article i enjoyed read it.
I have many daily rituals one of them for example, is spending few minutes silent to contemplate and meditate or pray , open the windows in the morning to let fresh air enter inside, drink healthy drinks after meals like water with lemons slides , cumin or ginger ,walking in the garden and listening to birds singing .

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patricia jackson

Hello. very good reminders. I did not get a good night sleep. I have no windows in my bedroom so there is no fresh air, but I am very glad to be moving next week to any apartment that has two windows in my bedroom! I moved here in the winter and now that it is getting so warm my fan just blows dry air. It leads to uncomfortable sleep. I have to be very cold when I sleep, I heard most people usually do. One of my biggest goals is to quit smoking. I stopped recently for a month then started up and I can smoke two cigarettes in a day but two is two many and it is hard but I am going to my doctor next week and I think the more I do the less and less I will want to smoke. I can not beat myself up about starting again I just have to move forward like everything else in order to reach this goal. I have started taking Zumba classes twice a week they are very intensive and probably a little more for me since I haven’t completely stopped smoking. I think this is a very good topic because it is an addiction, it is hard but I believe like anything else it can be conquered. I know sometimes people can say oh you work out and smoke? i had a friend someone used to say that to all the time. but it is better for your health then not working out at all. and I kept telling her you are trying, and so am I. Sometimes people are always gonna think what they are gonna think, it is life. I love myself so when I start to beat up on myself or let other I stop. Before it was a constant beating up that never stopped. anyway I like when you said plan a time, because I need a time to stick to one of the things I want to do each and every morning is tai chai, I set a time for 8 AM. I have several book readings I want to do regularly, and the book I am actually reading, read for an hour a day. I have begun to notice so much about nature, it is so beautiful, peaceful, and I want to get in to hiking more, and there is just so much to explore in this world. You can explore so much for the simple walks I take each day. MY plan to take a walk in the morning and evening for at least a half hour. It was so refreshing and amazing to be at the beach yesterday!! I had such a fun time with my nephew I was surrounded by his love and the love of nature!! I am never afraid to get my hand dirty!! sand castles!lol! I just started drinking like five to six glasses of water a day and it makes me feel not so hungry and I am started to feel more refreshed, but not I will change my plan to 8-10 glasses!! I am looking into Yoga classes I took them before and they are great for me and I really like them! I believe also our well-being is key to our overall happiness in our life it connects our physical and mental mind. For so long I abused my body, and I am working on getting it back . oh and my weakness sugar which I am working on a cutting it a lot less and trying to stick to a plan it might take me a few times but I am getting there!!! I love lavender I have the essential oil of it!!I put a few drops on me but, also remember put it in a spray bottle with water a few drops on my pillow!!! thanks a lot for your article!!! all your articles help and inspire! we just gotta get up keep trying , keep sticking to our plan and moving forward! God Bless You Both!

Jan
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Jan

I find just sitting in the garden in the sunshine, helps me feel calm with the sound of birds singing away. it so peaceful, time to reflect, and enjoy being on my own.

Heidi
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Heidi

I agree

Tebello
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Tebello

I am going through a stressful situation now,the stress that I think is of it’s first magnitude in my entire life……i can say I nearly died of stress…..but I joined gym,at first I felt weary and I wondered where I would take energy to exercise…..gym solved most of my stress in so many ways bcz I started looking better and more healthy…..i am now on top of my tune…..

Margo
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I have got time to prioritise my well-being, but I don’t always do it to the extent I feel I need to. It comes in bursts of enthusiasm. I decide to give myself a shake and smarten up. I’m on my own, so I have no excuse. Yet, I have lots of stressful and worrying issues. I mostly go to my fitness classes, take care of my skin, hair, general health. I’m trying to eat properly, and sleep in my bed, not on the chair. I’m not as good at taking care of myself as I used to.Im not too happy with myself right now. My life is upside down, mostly other people causing me stress, or money worries, neighbour issues, eating and sleeping issues etc etc. My hair needs done, and I need to cut down on chocolate. I’ve lost my confidence due to an abusive Father, and I always dress in black. I don’t have any purpose in life, and I’m pretty alone at times. This can lead me into moods where I don’t care about life. I feel no one cares. It’s easy to lapse into a depression and hide away. I try to look after my well-being though, it’s just sometimes a struggle due to external forces at work and depression or lack of purpose. I have high standards though, so even when I lapse, it’s in my eyes, how I imagine I should look and feel. Others might think I’m ok. I know I’m not. Take care everyone. If we have to function, we might as well do it well for our own benefit. I’m not sure if anyone else suffers from feeling guilty about looking after themselves? If I get a good sleep or eat a good salad, I feel guilty. I feel guilty for putting myself ahead of others. Maybe that’s an issue for another day.