Many talk a lot about self-care, but often it involves something that makes you feel better in the moment. There’s nothing wrong with giving yourself a temporary treat, but what about taking some steps that lead to long-term changes? You can improve your life for years to come with the self-care tips below.
Organize Your Finances
If you are like most people, your finances are probably not in great shape. They are probably somewhere along a continuum from getting by but not saving significantly to afraid to look. There are a lot of reasons for this. One reason is that most people do not know much about personal finances. Another is that many people have a lot of anxiety around financial matters. Yet another reason is that it can be hard to make ends meet, and you might feel like you don’t have any extra money to spare.
However, taking steps to better organize your finances, pay down debts and start saving can improve your quality of life in the short and long term. Look for personal finance blogs to learn more. For example, if you have multiple student loans, you may be able to refinance them with a private lender. This could leave you with a lower single monthly payment to make. You can also look into how to save for an emergency fund and increase retirement contributions.
Evaluate Your Relationships
Who is important in your life, and do they support you? Do you do the same for them? How can you improve relationships with your significant other, family, your friends and your coworkers? For example, has your family fallen out of the habit of having an evening meal together? Even if everyone is very busy, could you schedule one or two nights a week when you all sit down to dinner and participate in conversation with one another? Are there friends or family members you have fallen out of touch with? Take the time to drop them a letter, a text, an email or a phone call. While this might feel like taking care of others instead of yourself, maintaining meaningful relationships with other people is critical to your well being.
Identify Your Goals
It can be easy to fall into a pattern of work, chores, sleep and repeat, even if you throw a few little episodes of self-care into the mix. You can give more shape and meaning to your life by consciously setting goals. This might not be a problem for you if you are particularly ambitious and career-oriented, but what if you feel like you’re just being asked to jump on another self-improvement treadmill? That’s also fine. You can set goals that are oriented toward the things you value. That might be spending more time with family or pets, throwing yourself into a hobby you have always wanted to pursue or perhaps just making an effort to carve out more meaningful time for yourself. For example, you might set aside half an hour each day to take a walk or sit quietly and notice what is happening around you.