The #1 relationship in your life is with yourself. No ifs, no buts, no debates. If you stop reading now, could it be that you don’t value yourself?
It is not selfish to say your #1 relationship is with yourself. It is realistic, practical, loving and incredibly insightful! No one wins martyrdom for ignoring their own needs and attending to everyone else’s.
To be the most loving partner, parent, child, sibling, or friend you can be, you first need to be a fully functioning, healthy individual yourself. If you ignore your needs, become depleted and then go out into the world interacting with others, you are robbing them of having the real you!
Here are 17 things that you need to do for yourself in order to thrive, so that you can be the person you want to be for everyone else in your life.
1. Allow yourself to be a priority
Appreciate that caring for yourself is part of how you ensure you can be there for others as well.
2. Put yourself first whenever you feel depleted
Trust your inner knowing when it tells you your cup is full.
3. Schedule regular “you time”
Dedicated just to embracing whatever makes you feel great.
4. Celebrate your strengths
Regularly remind yourself of the things you are great at.
5. Quiet time
Find silence as frequently as you need to in order to stay centred.
6. Talk positively to yourself
Be your own best friend.
7. Forgive yourself for mistakes
Everyone makes them, you’re imperfectly perfect.
8. Love yourself unconditionally
No exceptions, you can only fully give love to others and receive love back from them, if you already love yourself.
9. Eat well
Nourish your body, it needs the right fuel and it relies 100% on your choices.
10. Acknowledge your achievements
Take a moment to enjoy all your wins, big or small.
11. Allocate time for fitness
For your health and for your overall feeling of wellbeing.
Listen when your body says “no more”.
13. Make time for play
Laugh and have fun.
14. Let go of the past
It’s gone, get present.
15. Accept who you are
There is only one of you, with all your wondrous gifts and quirks.
16. Attend to any health problems
Treat your body with respect.
17. Express yourself
Remember what you think and how you feel is valid and important enough to share.