Trying to take better care of yourself can feel overwhelming; where do you start?
It’s easy to fall into the trap of waiting until you figure it out, but you never seem to get there. Or you may try one thing one day and something else the next. Pretty soon, you’re back to doing nothing.
Here’s a better idea: start with a tiny, simple thing.
Ah, but which small thing?
That’s for you to decide. Look at the most significant stressors in your life. Could you break one down into a small first step?
For many women, their most significant stress comes from their job or keeping their home clean.
The home is manageable, but what if you hate your job but need the paycheck?
That’s tough. Start with specifics: what exactly do you hate? Are there ways to change it?
Also, look at what it’s costing you to work in terms of gas, childcare, and other expenses.
This is a significant change and probably needs more thought and a family discussion.
After you find one thing to implement, write it down on your calendar or planner to remind you to do it and remember you are taking a positive step towards self-care. Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day. If it’s not working out, feel free to change it.
Give yourself about a month to practice your new habit.
You could make a quick note each day about how you’re feeling to see if it’s working.
Then find another habit to build on that one for the following month.
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