Your primary objective in your daily routine should be to look out for yourself. You aren’t selfish for doing so. You will be in the best possible shape to take on the challenges life throws at you.
“You owe yourself one hour a day of self-maintenance. It can include reading, writing, yoga, exercise, dancing, meditation, painting, or whatever, but you owe it to yourself. One hour, 1/24 of your day. That is less than 5%. It matters, it really does.” – Sarah Brassard
One of the key takeaways from the pandemic is that we need to put ourselves first. We need to prioritize our mental health, and we need to put the habits that do not serve us into the trash can; we need to make new friends that inspire us, not weigh us down. We need to focus on living our life to the fullest, which means appreciating even the tiniest things that put a smile on our face.
“Get so used to taking care of yourself that doing otherwise feels unbearably weird.” – Shannon Hilson
You lost your job, and you didn’t get that promotion you wanted, you got a bad performance review, you lost a loved one, you had an accident and became injured, you are struggling with your mental health. Whatever you are going through at the moment, you will bounce back but do it in your own time and on your terms.
“When life knocks you down, sometimes you need to take your time to get back up. Don’t allow anyone to rush your process.’ – @Inspirewithyas
At the best of times, I am feeling anxious because of the unprecedented event we are going through. Some days are great, and others not so. This emotional state ebbs and flows. When things aren’t great, I have to pick myself up and remind myself to take each day as it comes – one minute at a time, one hour at a time. How you treat yourself in these moments matters most to keep your head above water. I’ve recently started journaling – recording my mental state on each day to help me understand my thoughts better. This process helps me stay grounded and focused and connected with thought patterns.
“Pain passes more quickly when we don’t criticize or shame ourselves for feeling it.” – @Inspirewithyas