Self-Care is being yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else.
Simple Ways to Practice Gratitude
Self-Care is a trait every woman must have. You can’t be truly beautiful and have the ability to care for others when you don’t care about yourself enough. Self-care can also help you avoid problems such as being stuck in an unhealthy relationship; you’ll know you deserve better when the relationship is damaging. According to Case Western Reserve University in a study about self-care for social workers, one of the best ways to boost your level of self-care is by practicing gratitude.
This is something you can do easily. For example, you can start making “please” and “thank you” phrases that you use often when asking and getting help from others. You can also spend a few minutes at the end of the day writing down five things you feel most grateful for from that day.
There are a lot of different ways to practice gratitude: Keeping a journal, expressing it in conversation, practicing random acts of kindness, and creating a gratitude playlist are just a few. The most important thing we learn from simply waking up in the morning is the silent acknowledgement that we are here. When we calm our minds, empty out what does not serve us, and allow ourselves to just be, we feel a joy of self, that says I am alive!
In order to keep up the energy required to give love to the world, we must continuously refill our cup. That refill is simply some time to yourself to re-capture all the energy that you have poured out to the world that day.
When we are kind to ourselves along the journey, we speak life-affirming words, creating a pattern of thinking that can only uplift us and make us feel better about ourselves.
Phrases like “I am beautiful,” “I am worthy,” “I am powerful,” “I am strong,” “I am loving and lovable,” when repeated enough, are not empty words for our cup. We begin to believe them. They become part of us. When you are your best, you can be the best to others.
Check out some of the great tips for Self-Care listed in the chart below.
Find out more from Social Worker and Self-Care, an info-graphic by Case Western Reserve University.