The world is a crazy place. And you and I are bombarded by information all the time.
Too many of us get caught up in the happenings of the world around us, which then causes us to neglect ourselves.
We are concerned for people we don’t know and awful things happening to them. But then, we’re also concerned about coworkers, friends, family, and loved ones. Only after that do we give any attention to ourselves and our needs and desires.
The irony of this is that when you are good to yourself, you are more capable of being good to others.
Because of the many mixed messages of our world, it is all too easy to misunderstand the line between selfishness and self-care. Doing for ourselves, we are told, is selfish — because we should be putting others first. Which is fine — until it’s to the exclusion of ourselves.
However, what we neglect is that we need to care for ourselves before we can care for anyone else.
We tend to ignore self-care. We do not do enough things to treat our minds, bodies, and spirits to the best we deserve. Then we allow ourselves to get out-of-shape — physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
When you do not be good to yourself, you lessen your ability to be good to — and do good for — others.
It takes very little to be good to yourself.
5 simple ways you can be good to yourself
Here are five ways that you can be good to yourself with very little effort.
1. Think good thoughts of yourself
I AM are two of the most powerful words available. When you follow “I AM” with negatives, this reinforces ways that you are being less than good to yourself. Think good thoughts, like I am strong, empowered, a good person, abundant, and so forth.
2. Take time for yourself
Read a book. Meditate. Play a game. This does not require a lot of time. But doing something purely for yourself — for at least a few minutes every day — is a…