Self-care is commonly used these days, but not a lot of people know what it truly means. So…what does it mean to really take care of yourself?

Here are 7 simple self-care ideas to try to take care of yourself every day:

  1. Go easy on yourself.

I say this to many of my clients. Why is it that we are so hard on ourselves? I can’t believe the things people tell themselves. If they said this to others, people would think they are crazy or they would hate them.

  1. Focus on your strengths. 

We tend to do the opposite. We all have our strengths and our weaknesses. And, that’s alright. Nobody is perfect. Make a list of ten of your strengths. Ten is not a big number. Start today, and then tell others about your strengths.

  1. Stop reviewing hurts from the past. 

This will only bring you down. We have all been hurt or let down. This is a great way to learn. When you continually review your hurts from the past, you are re-traumatizing yourself. If you continue to do this, it can lead to depression.

  1. Be assertive. 

Don’t be scared to ask for what you need or want. This doesn’t mean you have to walk over everyone in the process. The first step is knowing what you want and then taking action.

You can’t do everything alone. You will need help along the way. It’s important to be around people who respect your assertive attitude.

  1. Get enough sleep.

Sleep is very important. This is how the brain and the body recharge. When you haven’t had enough sleep, you will make more mistakes. I know you want to watch the last episode of “Grey’s Anatomy”. You can always watch it later.

Your brain will appreciate it when you get enough sleep, and so will the people around you.

  1. Identify things you love and do more of them. 

Spend time with people who enjoy doing the same things you do. Take time to get to know them well. Invite them to coffee or out on a hike.

Remember, not everyone is friend material. You aren’t going to click with everyone, and that’s alright. It’s important to know what you love. This will help feed your soul.

  1. Use positive affirmations.

This is a great way to change your inner dialogue. The next time you feel like telling yourself something negative, change it to a positive affirmation.

For example instead of saying “I’m a fat mess”, say “I’m beautiful inside and out”. This will help you feel better about yourself. There are many affirmations you can say. Pick a few that you like and focus on them during the day.

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