One misconception about self-care is that it’s selfish. But the reality is self-care can improve your mental, physical and emotional well-being, help you keep a job, and become more productive. Self-care when done properly can be one of the best ways to start your day.
Self-care is an intentional act that creates a positive impact on one’s well-being overtime whereas self-indulgence is more spontaneous and motivated by emotional decision making that is only temporary. Rather than setting multiple alarms and not having the urge to get out of bed in the morning, practicing self-care will leave you feeling more productive and revitalized to tackle your day.
Here are eight self-care practices to your morning routine:
1. Set Your Days Intention
While this one may seem like a no-brainer, oftentimes many of us are so focused on daily stressors that we don’t stop long enough to be mindful.
Rather than frantically jumping out of bed and rushing to grab a morning cup of coffee before work try setting your day's intention. Think mindfully about how you will show up in every day activities and the energy you want to lead with.
The beauty of setting your intentions is that if you do this everyday the possibilities are endless. The more positive your intentions are, the more positive your attitude will be and you’ll be more likely to accomplish your goals.