Give yourself what you need to do your best in life
Do you find you’re under a lot of stress? It could be affecting your performance at school or work. Over time, it can take a toll on your self-confidence, as well as your health. What’s the answer? Taking the time to take care of yourself is an essential first step. This is one thing you can always control, and you’re the only one who can do it.
Consider a few new lifestyle habits that can help support you. Here are some suggestions, whether you’re working or still in school. Keep them in mind as you move though your day.
Check in with your feelings
Part of self-care is paying attention to how you’re feeling, and then responding accordingly. Are you feeling unhappy or unmotivated? That might mean you need to consider a career change, but it could also simply mean you need to recharge your batteries.
Take care of the basics
Taking care of your physical well-being builds a good foundation. You’ll feel better when you practice good hygiene and make yourself presentable and approachable. Eat well and get enough rest. This shows others that you value yourself.
Resist the urge to go negative
Speaking positively shows that you care about the integrity of your environment. Whether you are aware of it or not, your kindness has an effect on everyone you come into contact with.
Do for yourself what you wish others would do
Take a minute to appreciate your own progress and your skills. Then reward yourself so that you have what you need to keep going. Maybe you could:
- Treat yourself. You don’t have to spend money to do this. Pick a flower for your desk. Take a bubble bath. Spend an extra 10 minutes outside on a sunny day.
- Take some down time. Relaxation is essential, to take your mind off work and other responsibilities. Maybe take a walk. Try deep breathing exercises can help center you. Turn down the lights and take a 10 minute nap. Try things that leave you feeling refreshed and balanced.
- Seek some help, especially if you’re facing a challenging situation. Counseling is one way to get support, and talking something through can make things a little easier to manage, such as job changes, health emergencies, and money situations.
You might not think of it, but showing others that you value yourself is self-care. Try these strategies to develop a more positive outlook on life and stronger sense of your value in the world. These traits will inevitably also serve you as you strive to become a better in whatever career you choose.
At the Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health, we care about our students developing as people as well as professionals. Reach out to us to learn more about our three career-focused training programs.