By: Mike Martinez

I have often heard that we are our own worst critics. I’ve also heard that we talk to ourselves worse than we would talk to own worst enemy! Maybe it’s time to show yourself a little bit more love and respect.

Here are 5 simple things you can do to improve your self-care, to enable a healthier you:

#1 Get more sleep!

Yes, late nights can be very productive but your body and mind need sleep to recover and rejuvenate. You’ll be glad that you did and getting a full night’s sleep will lead to an even more productive tomorrow.

#2 Meditate.

Take the time to meditate at least once daily. Clearing your mind can work wonders in your day. It doesn’t matter if you do it before you start your day or at the end of the day. It is a natural way to relieve stress and give yourself a much needed time out.

#3 Laugh.

They say laughter is the best medicine. Take some time to laugh! Maybe watch a tv show that you find funny. You can also laugh at yourself. Instead of feeling bad about that mistake you made earlier in the day, try to think of it in a bigger picture and how it looks in the great scheme of events. It’s okay to laugh at yourself. Don’t take yourself so seriously.

#4 Get (or do) a hobby!

Working on your hobby has many benefits. It’s a good way to release stress. While doing a hobby you would be able to relax and find some enjoyment. It can also serve as a means of connecting with other like-minded individuals, depending on the hobby of course. You can also use your hobby as a reward after a long day.

#5 Practice positive self-talk.

Stop putting yourself down! Think of all the good things you have done and focus on those things, not on the bad. Every day try telling yourself good things about you. Name a few things that you like about yourself. Remind yourself of those good things. As you do this, you will begin to feel better about yourself.

Practicing the above will help get you on the way to respecting yourself and in turn improving your mental health. It’s about time you become your own best friend instead of your own worst enemy, and invest in healthy self-care . What do you have to lose?

If you are finding yourself still having a tough time and wanting more guidance to wholeness and wellness than call Life Counseling Solutions today for wellness coaching. Set an appointment with Mike by clicking here or start schedule a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation. Just call 407-622-1770 to start the process of not only feeling better but being refreshed. 

Mike headshot midsizedMike’s goal is to assist clients in reaching their full potential by helping them explore within themselves to find their strengths. He pays special attention to building a therapeutic relationship in order to create a safe place for change and growth. Mike provides counseling services to people of many different backgrounds but specializes in helping first-time parents transition and those struggling with anger management. Click here for more about Mike.