A little self-care can go a long way toward improving your energy and outlook. Adjusting your attitude can quickly turn a bad day into a great day.
I end every yoga class I teach by reminding my students that their energy is contagious, and it matters. By doing the work to remain positive in the face of challenge you are a contribution to everyone in your life. By shifting your attitude and being a light, you are impacting your friends, family, and coworkers positively.
There are things that you can add to your daily life to improve your attitude – let’s look at a few.
Get Enough Sleep
Set your alarm to go off about an hour before you need to get into bed.
Create a bedtime ritual where you shut down all electronics, turn down the lights, and create a comfortable sleeping environment. Avoid eating too late.
If it helps you settle in, meditate before bedtime, diffuse your favorite essential oil and get into bed with your favorite book.
Getting a full night sleep is vital to waking up in a good mood. You will feel energetic and much more willing to start out your day without resentment.
Eat Healthy and Exercise
Getting adequate exercise is known to release endorphins to the brain. Endorphins are hormones that are responsible for making you feel happy. Pair exercise with a healthy meal to get the best results possible.
Not only will your attitude improve but your self-confidence will too.
Dehydration is responsible for headaches, dry skin, fatigue, and dizziness. These symptoms can cause you act negatively if you feel overwhelmed.
The standard rule of thumb is to drink either half your body weight in ounces of water, or try to drink eight glasses (64 ounces) of water a day. Remember, eating raw veggies and fruit is also hydrating.
take Your Breaks
Don’t pass on those ten-minute work breaks. Chances are you won’t get paid for them anyway, and you certainly are doing yourself a disservice. Use this time to relax and focus on something else that makes you laugh or just sit down and breathe.
If you work for yourself, schedule in 10 to 15-minute breaks at least every four hours.
Ask For Help
Asking for help can be challenging for some people, but you should never be afraid to ask. Ask your friends and family to help you out now and then to relieve some pressure from everyday tasks. More than likely they will be happy to help.
If you find it hard to take care of yourself, don’t be afraid to ask a professional. Mental health is the most important.
Learn To Say No
NO is a complete sentence!
If you’re overwhelmed, too busy, or just don’t want to do something, saying no is perfectly fine. You have permission and don’t need to explain anything.
Taking on too much work or doing things you don’t want to do leads to poor quality work and some unhappy people. Don’t do that to yourself.
If you keep everything scheduled, you can quickly look at your calendar and say “No, that date doesn’t work for me.” If you are a recovering YESaholic, shift from saying YES right away to, “let me check my calendar and get back to you.” Be real with yourself and your calendar and if there is no space to take it on say, “I would love to, but I don’t have the time.”
Take time out each day and relax. Get away from people or get a massage, some coffee, or a cup of tea. Your opportunity to decompress is essential to a positive attitude and more energy.
Self-care can replenish your energy.
Feel free to adjust these ideas to your own needs and remember to make it simple. Some people find great comfort in knowing that they can take care of themselves, get away, and practice self-care without guilt because it’s something they have a right to do.