As time goes by, one has to take a step back and look at the habits they have set for themselves and search for any areas that they can improve upon. I have a bad habit where I put all my responsibilities before my own well-being. So, in an effort to take better care of myself, I came up with some points that I hope to focus my time on in hopes of putting myself first in life.
Here are some ways I plan on taking better care of myself, and, hopefully, it will inspire you to make some much-needed adjustments in order to care for yourself as well.
I’m on a quest to fix my sleeping habits
Throughout the years, I’ve fallen on and off the wagon of having a good sleeping schedule. Because my classes this semester are later in the day, I’m able to sleep in more. This means that I can also stay up later because, hey, I can always sleep in if I’m feeling tired. Well, this habit has evolved into something terrible for both my physical and mental health.
I’ve been going to bed at midnight every day which has thoroughly exhausted me. A reason for that is because I stay up late scrolling through my phone. I rely on my phone so much throughout the day that I find it hard to not scroll through Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, etc. when I’m in bed. Because of my phone use, I find harder to fall asleep every night.
And, because my sleeping schedule is so off, I can’t go a day without napping on my couch. My lack of sleep has spiked my anxiety and stress and has even led to me having lockjaw. Basically, not having a healthy sleeping pattern can ruin you physically and mentally. It can leave you feeling exhausted, uninspired, agitated, and sluggish.
In hopes of fixing my sleeping schedule, I’m going to implement these habits into my late-night routine to make falling asleep earlier a reality rather than a possibility:
- Start getting ready for bed at 10 p.m. instead of watching endless HGTV House Hunter episodes in the living room
- Stop scrolling on my phone before bed
- Stop scrolling through my phone in the morning when I could get out of bed and start my day off earlier
- Read a few pages of a novel before I go to sleep instead of looking at my phone
I need to say yes to more opportunities, even if they scare me
All my life I’ve lived within my comfort zone. I never took chances, and if a risky/scary opportunity came my way, I turned it down. I’d rather live a safe, comfortable life of routine than try something new and potentially fail. But I want to change that. I want to say yes to things that might make me anxious and unsure because I know that it will lead to better opportunities in my life. I don’t want to have any regrets when it comes to chances that I could have taken. So, I’m trying my best to say “yes” to things that are both exciting and scary in hopes that it’ll open up more doors for me.
See the good in others and the world around me
As an ENTJ and Type One, I tend to think more analytically and have a more realistic approach to life. Therefore, I tend to see what can go wrong before I can see what good can come from a situation. Instead of overthinking situations and worrying about any issues that may arise, I need to shift my perspective and see the good in others and the world around me rather than being so quick to judge.
I need to sit outside and enjoy the sun
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a homebody. I love staying indoors reading or watching movies, but I want to change that. Every day, if it isn’t raining or incredibly windy out like it currently is in my town, I want to sit outside on my front steps and read for 30 minutes or more. Not only do I want the vitamin D, but I also want to get a bit of color for the summer because being a pale winter girl is getting old.
I need to slow down
I tend to run fast through life. I overthink everything and never take breaks to care for myself both physically and mentally. In an effort to prioritize caring for myself, I hope to take more breaks, listen to my body, and slow down. Life is not a race, it’s a marathon, and I don’t need to be the first one to hit the finish line. I just have to get there at my own pace.
I want to stop worrying or thinking about things that don’t affect me
This is the one thing I think I’ve worked most on, and it has shifted my perspective on life and has improved my mindset in so many ways. Rather than spending time, worrying about things that don’t affect me, like social media, strangers’ comments online, celebrities, others in my life who only bring negativity to the table, I’ve learned to prioritize what I want to put my energy into. Rather than stressing about things that won’t have any long-term effects on my life, I’ve chosen to live and let go with many things. And by doing this, I’ve become lighter and happier with myself because I’m actively putting my energy into things that bring me joy rather than spending time worrying about things that don’t really matter.
Are there any things you’re focusing on in hopes of improving yourself this summer?