Popular Self-Care Tip Posts

Woman stressed and frustratedHave you ever spent hours jumping from one web link to another trying to gather relevant self-care tip posts only to find yourself in a maze of information overload?

I have and I know just how time-consuming and frustrating that can be.

Don’t you sometimes wish you had a handy reference guide put together with several articles about your specific search topic all in one place?

Now you do…

Periodically I will publish a list of previously posted popular self-care tips and strategies that I’ve rounded up from various sources on the web to make it easier for you to get self-care tips and more all in one place.   Here’s the list:

15 Self-Care Tips for Anyone Who Works Too Much
Nichole Liloia on MindBodyGreen
Choose from these 15 self-care tips to make self-care a part of your regular practice so that you feel good about taking care of yourself (and you get a break from your work!).

The Absolute Worst Things To Do When You’re Stressed Out
Jena Pincott on Oprah.com
When life comes at you fast and furious, the last thing you want to do is make things even harder on yourself. Start by avoiding these 8 stress  traps

Girl on a Ledge – Moving Past Your Fears 
Marisa Leighon on Huffington Post
Girl on a ledge describes perfectly that feeling we have when fear keeps us stuck in the same old patterns, trying to decide how to make the transition from fearful to courageous.

How to Build Self Confidence
Zorka Hereford on Essential Life Skill.net
How we see ourselves is more important than how anyone else sees us. If we don’t work at loving and accepting ourselves, nothing anyone else thinks matters.

Four Ways to Deal With Stress
Posted by the American Heart Association
Use these four simple techniques to combat stress

How Fear Keeps us Stuck (and what to do about it) – Posted on Unstuck.com
9 tips to help you get unstuck and move past the fear

What’s in Your Self-Care Toolbox?
Posted on gladysanderson.com
To stay organized, focused, accountable and inspired, use these handy tools from your self-care toolbox.

If you enjoyed these popular self-care tip posts, please leave a comment to let me know what resonates with you and what other topic you would like me to pull together for you.

In the meantime, for more self-care tips and insights, I invite you to check out my book, Master the Genie Within: Uncover, Embrace and Celebrate the Real You

Gladys Anderson helps individuals and couples to renovate their relationships with partners, family members, friends and co-workers.

 

Make Room in Your Life

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This quote reminds me that one of the best things we can do for ourselves is to do more of the things we love and enjoy. Deferring our passions, dreams, and goals does nothing to nourish our souls and spearhead us on the path of success, fulfillment and joy.

To see more quotes and inspirational tips like this, join us over in the Self Care Circle.

Energy Zappers and Time Takers

Stop the Energy Zappers and Time TakersAre energy zappers an time takers causing you to be frequently distracted and makng needless mistakes?

Do you find yourself juggling a gazillion tasks, wishing for more time while rushing from one thing to another?

Are you often fatigued, even when you are doing things that require little energy?

Did you misplace your keys, purse or phone – again?

If any of this sounds familiar, you’re not alone.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) chronic fatigue syndrome is a prolonged period of unexplained, persistent fatigue not related to physical exertion and not relieved by rest. Ongoing symptoms include difficulty concentrating, unrefreshed sleep, muscle pain, headaches, shortness of breath, depression and anxiety attacks.

Constantly feeling like you don’t have enough energy to lift one foot ahead of the other puts you on the fast track for burnout and chronic fatigue syndrome.  Feeling tired and out of sorts for prolonged periods of time is not an optimal state of being.

When I was in grad school, I often felt scattered, rushed, skipped meals and neglected to take time from my hectic schedule to relax and allow my mind and body time to rejuvenate.  My wake up call came in the form of chest pains that made me think I was having a heart attack!

Thankfully, I didn’t.

What I learned from that scary episode was that I needed to get my proper rest, eat well and take time for me. I recognized that I was in a sense abusing my health and well-being.  I am not Superwoman!

And neither are you!

Here are some suggestions to stop the energy zappers and time takers in their tracks so you don’t fall prey to burnout, chronic fatigue syndrome and other ailments:

  • Get enough rest – How much sleep is enough?  Some sleep experts say we need 8 hours to wake up feeling refreshed.  Like me, you may need only 6-7 hours of sleep to be productive and alert.   Try going to bed at the same time every night.  Avoid caffeine prior to going to bed.  Of course these suggestions are only suggestions. The important thing is that you listen to your internal clock and you will know how much sleep you need.
  • Eat balanced nutritional meals – Skipping meals, grabbing fast food on the run, and eating candy bars for energy does not make for balanced or healthy eating.  Instead, prepare a sandwich or healthy breakfast snack when you know you may have to work through lunch or skip breakfast.
  • Prioritize – Set up a simple reminder system on your phone to prevent overwhelm and burnout.  Most phones have a built in calendar with alerts you can set to stay on track. Schedule on your calendar the time you reserve for your self-care. That way the time you set aside for yourself doesn’t get pushed aside.  And, just as you honor your other commitments, make sure you honor the one for your self-care so your energy doesn’t get depleted.
  • Slow down – Rushing raises your blood pressure, causes anxiety and makes you prone to making careless decisions and mistakes.  When you rush you are more likely to be distracted and rush even more in an attempt to squeeze in “one more thing”.

To stop the energy zappers and time takers, I invite you to join me in the Self-Care Circle where you can get even more tips and support.

Supercharge Good Self-Care Practices

Supercharging your good self-care practices is not just about getting the occasional manicure, massage or facial.  Although, I’m certainly not opposed to these sweet indulgences!

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There are as many ways to practice good self- care as there are ripples in the ocean.  Unfortunately, most women overlook what it takes to build the foundation of good self-care.

Taking care of yourself is not just the things you do for yourself, it’s also about taking good care of what you feel deep inside. You can start by clearing away the fog from the mirror so you can see and begin to appreciate who you really are.

Here are a few ways you can begin to supercharge good self-care practices:

  • Trust your instincts – Distrust is an inner feeling of caution or lack of belief, which leads you to suspect someone of being dishonest or having a hidden agenda.   For example, you may “distrust” a stranger who acts suspicious or you perceive as “odd” . Or, you may have little or no faith in the rhetoric spouted by politicians. Mistrust is not to be confused with distrust.  Mistrust is to merely lack confidence in someone or even yourself. Listen attentively to what your instincts or gut feeling is saying.  Don’t mistrust your instincts. It will guide your way.
  • Get a handle on fear – Fear and doubt crept in for me when I was about 6-7 years old.  I heard, “don’t do that”, “don’t go there”, “don’t think ‘that’ – “it’s dangerous”,” you could hurt yourself”, “it’s not good for you”.  What messages to send to an impressionable child who would need all the confidence and assertiveness she could muster to overcome challenges and risk believing in herself!  My early training taught me to fear the unknown, mistrust my decision-making and to be cautious about how dangerous it was “out there”.  I’ve since learned that fear is an emotion like any other and that I get to decide how dangerous or uncomfortable I feel in any situation.  If fear has you stuck – not taking risks – or afraid of outcomes, you must treat fear as an enemy and either ignore it or show it who’s really in charge of your life.
  • Exhale – When we exhale, our chest expands with a sigh of relief that allows space to take in fresh air. I liken this to breathing in whispers of confidence, courage and a strong belief in ourselves.  And in doing so, we exhale toxic fear, self-doubt and diminished self-worth.

Believe in yourself, trust yourself and discount any and all messages you have received that limit you and keep you from living the life you were meant to live.

Gladys M. Anderson – Life Coach, Therapist, Author

Gladys Anderson helps nurses, teachers, social workers, therapists and other care-giving women to set limits so they have more time, more joy and more energy for self-care.

Make Time For Self Care

Making time for self-care is one of the first things we give up when life gets hectic and our energy level is low. With all the attention we give to taking care of others, juggling tasks, meeting deadlines and being responsible, it’s no wonder we often feel there’s no space in our busy schedules left for us.

And, as we take on more and more, we begin to feel like our lives are unmanageable and overwhelmed by all of the constant demands that take up our precious energy.

You may think you don’t have the stamina for self-care but when you start to take care of yourself first, you’ll be surprised at how much more energy you have to take care of everything else.

Here are three quick tips to create the space you need for self-care:

  • Silence – Spend just a few minutes sitting quietly reading or with you feet up yield untold benefits in reducing stress.  Quiet reflection is an ESSENTIAL part of your self-care.

 

  • Schedule space for You – When you get overly tired, stressed, frustrated and anxious, that’s a signal that you need to relax and rejuvenate.  Make sure you allow an interval in your busy schedule to replenish so you’ll be able to handle whatever crops up.

 

  • Resiliency – Resiliency means you are able to make adjustments and bounce back quickly when difficulties arise.  One of the biggest causes of stress is rigid expectations for yourself and others. When you’re resilient, you’re like the tree that bends in the winds but you’re less likely to break.

These simple changes can make a huge impact on your well-being and your inner state of being.  You may also want to take a look at situations in your outer life to see if changes need to be made that can help support your inner work. For example, you may decide to relinquish certain responsibilities that no longer serve you or that you no longer find enjoyable especially if it’s an energy drainer and time stealer.

Make time for self care in your busy schedule and you will experience a greater feeling of contentment, satisfaction and harmony.

And, to get more self-care tips and life enrichment tools and resources that will renovate your relationships with partners, family members, co-workers and friends, I invite you to get my book, Master the Genie Within: Uncover, Embrace and Celebrate the Real You.

Until next time…

Gladys Anderson helps individuals and couples to renovate their relationships with partners, family members, friends and co-workers.