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Self Care

There are many forms of self-care. What’s important is find what works for you!

What forms of self-care to do you practice?

Three forms of self-care that I practice regularly are:

Fitness

Meditation

Therapy

10 Daily Practices for Self-Care

by David Meltzer

 

My uncle once asked me a very poignant question, “If you don’t invest in yourself, what are you ever going to invest in?” For me, self-care is about investing time and energy in understanding yourself and what makes you happy, because happy people live longer lives. Here are 10 different ways that I put my attention and intention on improving or understanding myself, to help you have a better 2021 (and beyond).

1. Take Daily Inventory of Your Values

Take inventory of the values that make you who you are now and then imagine the person you want to become. Build your life and your goals around the values that those people have in common. Doing this daily is helpful when making a decision, as you can look at whether or not your choice is aligned with your values. We also must acknowledge that our values tend to change over time, so don’t be afraid to admit if the things that are most important to you today are different from what they were in the past.

 

2. Ask and Attract

We all need help along the way in order to make good on our goals, and there are two simple ways to get what you want in life or business: You can ask for it or you can attract it.

 

Ask people for help or ask people if they know somebody who can help. When you ask people if they know somebody that can help, you have exponentially more success, because everyone has hundreds of connections to other people, on average. Not only that, but if you know where you want to go in life, asking others who have been there for their advice and mentorship will help you get there faster.

 

You can also attract things when you are focused and put your attention and intention on what you want in life, whether personally or professionally. It is impossible to attract what you want in life without being clear on what it is that you want.

 

In general, there are four main ways to ask or attract what you desire: in-person, over the phone, via email, or (social) media.

 

3. Be a Student of Your Calendar

Study the things you have planned for the day. For the tasks that you regularly plan, look to create efficiencies with your habits.

 

Study the white space of your calendar. Be critical of how you are scheduling your day and consider how you can be more accessible to those who might need you. And don’t forget to ensure you schedule time for activities for your own enjoyment.

 

Study your sleep. Sleep is not only a restorative process, but it enhances your immune system, which is of the utmost importance. You need to build a consistent sleep routine that helps restore not only your physical being but your mental health, as well.

 

4. Do It Now

Let’s be honest, we’ve all put off some act of self-care that we promised ourselves that we’d accomplish due to a lack of desire and motivation. If we are present in the moment and act in the NOW, we become exponentially more successful (and save twice as much time). Staying active and “doing it now” will help you to keep your resolutions and help you to avoid any negative feelings associated with procrastination.

 

If you can’t do it now: The best way to stay proactive rather than be labeled a procrastinator is create a repository to remind yourself of what still needs to be accomplished.  Use an email, voice mail, text, and/or sticky notes to create a Do It Now folder, then prioritize what’s of higher importance.

 

5. Practice Ending Fear

Fear is one of the most common emotions we experience and often gets in our way, as we take actions to avoid our fears rather than confronting them. Many people believe that fear helps to motivate them, but I believe that fear corrodes our connection to inspiration. That’s why I work daily to practice ending fear. Although we can never totally get rid of fear, we can limit our negative reactions to it. Be accountable and ask yourself how you attracted negative emotions to yourself and try to find the lesson in it.

 

6. Prioritize Your Health For 1 Hour Per Day

One of the best pieces of advice I ever heard came from a fellow panelist when speaking to a group of college students several years back. She recommended that everyone in attendance find something they love to do that’s good for their health and do it for one hour every day, and that advice has stuck with me since.

 

7. Say “Thank You” When You Wake Up and Before You Go To Bed

There is nothing more powerful than a positive perspective, so make it a habit of thinking about (or saying) what you’re thankful for every morning and evening. It’s one of the easiest ways to improve your life, but most of us can’t do it for 30 straight days.

 

8. Wind Down Routine

Make sure that your evening routine is setting you up for success when you wake up the next day. I do things like avoid caffeine or “negative” content before bed, and always make sure that I’m prepared for the next morning’s tasks.

 

9. Find Your Center

One of my best pieces of advice is to understand where your center is, which many find through practices like meditation, because then you can get back to that center easier during the times when your ego is getting in your way.

 

10. Be of Service

Doing good deeds for others and being of service is one of the best ways to practice self-care. When we help others who are in need and give unconditionally, everyone involved has “feel-good” chemicals released in their brain, even those who just witness the act of giving.

About David Meltzer

David Meltzer is the Co-Founder of Sports 1 Marketing and formerly served as CEO of the renowned Leigh (“Lee”) Steinberg Sports & Entertainment agency, which was the inspiration for the movie Jerry Maguire.

 

His life’s mission is to empower OVER 1 BILLION people to be happy! This simple yet powerful mission has led him on an incredible journey to provide one thing…VALUE. In all his content, and communication that’s exactly what you’ll receive. As part of that mission, for the past 20 years, he’s been providing free weekly trainings to empower others to empower others to be happy.

 

Visit https://dmeltzer.com/training/ to learn more.