Last year made us realize a few things. The first is that we let work dominate our lives—the time spent commuting and working nonstop made us really unhappy. People didn’t realize that they never stopped to think about self care.
One survey noted that the average person spent only 65 minutes a week on self care. About 45% of people say that they plan to dedicate more time to self love activities. If you’re one of them, you might find yourself wondering what to do with that time.
Read on to discover four things you can do to practice self love over the weekend:
1. Get in Touch With Nature
When was the last time you stopped to appreciate a flower? Getting in touch with nature is a wonderful way to appreciate the small, but beautiful things all around you.
You can go for a hike or sit by a creek. If you’re near water, make a visit to the beach and walk in the sand barefoot for a while.
The best way to get in touch with nature is to turn off your phone and leave your headphones at home. You really want to tune into the sounds of birds, trees, and water. It’s very healing and restores the spirit.
Journaling is a great way to practice self love. A lot happens during the course of the week and we’re so busy, we never take time to reflect and process.
There are a number of things to journal about. You can journal about your wins for the week. A gratitude journal helps you remember the little things
You can also journal about your dreams, goals, and challenges in reaching them.
3. Career Education
Sundays are a great day to learn and build your skills to be successful. You can sit back and read your favorite book or watch training videos such as final expense training.
You’re more likely to retain the information since you’re relaxed and not running around. A lot of people try to cram learning and development into evening sessions after work.
After a long day, it’s hard to pay attention and remember what you’re learning, let alone apply it.
4. Meal Planning
Your nutrition has a direct impact on your performance and focus during the week. Your current meal planning strategy might be to order takeout.
That leads to weight gain, a lack of confidence, and focus. What you eat is an act of self love. Meal planning is a powerful way to practice that.
To plan out your meals, pick out a couple of easy recipes, and cook in batches. You can store them in containers to grab during the week.
There’s a revolution happening right now. More people are taking the time to put themselves first. Self love is important because you’re able to think clearly and improve your skills.
Now that you have a few self care tips, check out the Health and Fitness section of this site for more ways to take care of yourself.
*Photos by Monica Turlui