Posted on October 15 2018
The Art Of Being Kind To Yourself
There is a steady supply of negativity in this world, so it is imperative that you live your life as positively as you can. Treating others with kindness is very important, but so is treating yourself with kindness. Sometimes we forget that we need to take care of ourselves, too. Here at Exalt, we care about you, and we want to remind you to take some time to care for yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually. Read below for some helpful tips for mastering the art of being kind to yourself.
“I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me” (Psalms 3:5).
The benefits of a good night's sleep are numerous. Adequate sleep improves your mood considerably. People who wake up after a restful sleep are more energetic and upbeat, whereas those who do not get a good night’s sleep tend to be tired and irritable. Sleep also increases concentration and productivity the next day and reduces your risk for heart disease and stroke later in life.
To get better sleep, try going to bed at the same time every night. Set your alarm for the same time every morning, too. Looking at a computer screen within an hour of going to sleep makes it more difficult to fall asleep right away, so try to reduce screen time as well. Having a comfortable mattress, firm pillows, and a good blanket will assist you in falling and staying asleep. On nights where you find yourself tossing and turning, despite following these tips, get up and read a book or go on a short walk. You are sure to have a good rest afterwards.
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
It is important to stay physically active because it improves the health of your body and mind. The benefits of physical activity also include a reduced risk of developing diseases, among other things. Exercising releases endorphins that make you feel good. Not only does this boost your self esteem, but it gives you more energy and helps you relax.
Working out might seem like a huge commitment, but no one is expecting you to be fit enough to run a marathon. Stay in shape by incorporating workouts into your daily life, like walking to work instead of driving. It is always easier to work out if you enjoy your exercises, so find something you like to do. If you like dancing, take up zumba. If you like exploring, try rock climbing. If you are still having a hard time staying active, seek encouragement. That could be in the form of a workout buddy or inspirational gear, like Exalt’s fitness clothing.
“Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him’” (Genesis 2:18).
It is necessary to have human interaction. The internet and social media are good outlets to connect with people, but one-on-one personal contact is much more meaningful and beneficial to your health. Not only does interacting with others improve our brain power, but it also improves our overall life satisfaction.
Not everyone is an extrovert. It might be difficult to socialize, because it is more comfortable to stay inside, alone. Challenge yourself. Push yourself to meet up with at least one person every week. If that proves to be too difficult, join a group or a club that meets once or twice a month. This will allow you to socialize with people who have similar interests, which makes the interactions that much easier. Take time out of your life to connect with people. You will enjoy the effect it has on you.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever” (1 Chronicles 16:34).
Believe it or not, being thankful has many benefits to your mental and physical health. When you make it a habit to thank God, or other people, you start to focus on what is going well in your life, not what is going wrong. Gratitude reduces feelings of anger, envy, and regret. It also increases your empathy, gives you a feeling of well-being, and improves your relationships.
If you need help finding things to be thankful for, start a journal. When you think of something, write it down. It might be a struggle at first, trying to think of things, but it will get easier. The more things you write down, the more quickly you are to recognize other things that you are thankful for in the future. Soon enough, you will be looking at the world through a whole new lense. It will be easy to find things to be grateful for, even in seemingly negative situations.
If you need more help on your journey to self-acceptance, or if you are looking to start building a gorgeous Christian athletic gear wardrobe, visit us at ExaltFit.com today.