One of the best things we can do for ourselves, and sometimes one of the most difficult, is to practice self-care. Even as we talk about the importance of treating others with respect and committing gestures of kindness toward them, we may feel that doing the same with ourselves is too indulgent. But prioritizing your own health and peace of mind is an essential part of having the energy and mental space to love others well and is a necessary ingredient to accomplishing your goals. Here are five ways to practice self-care.
Start Your Morning with Mindfulness
Beginning your day with mindfulness can allow you to set intentions for the day and feel more empowered, compassionate, calm, and focused. In a study that tracked people who completed an eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction program, measurable changes were found to have taken place in the brain. Try a meditation app like Headspace to get started; the first 10 days of 10-minute guided-meditation sessions are free, and you can replay them.