7 Ways You Can Show Up For Yourself
Make a promise to show up for yourself each day.
Habits are the small decisions you make and the actions you perform every day.
According to researchers at Duke University, habits account for about 40 percent of our behaviours on any given day. Your life today is essentially the sum of your habits.
"You are what you repeatedly do."
Whether it’s your health or your career or any area of your life you want to focus on, the habits you cultivate daily will ultimately determine the trajectory of your success.
Here are seven habits you can work on incorporating into your life which will enable you to ‘show up for yourself’ more regularly - until it becomes second nature.
Commit to daily rituals that are good for your well-being, even when you don’t want to. Rituals are so important even if it doesn’t always feel that way. Goal setting, deep breathing, time blocking or vision boards are just a few ideas of commitments you can make to yourself and be sure to KEEP doing! When you continue on despite feeling like giving up, this is when the most growth and progress occurs.
Take care of your body. Eat well. Move. Get enough sleep. Routine is another highly underrated area of success. People often think that an hour in the gym will magically erase all their other bad habits but that’s just a tiny percentage of your day. What about quality sleep? Nutrient-dense food? Stress management tools? Setting up a routine where these basics are catered for will allow you the room to perform in every other area of your life too.
Allow yourself to feel and go through emotions. You are allowed to feel sad, feel frustrated, and angry. People often think negative emotions should be pushed out or ignored. The ‘think positive’ movement has taken it to the extreme leaving people feeling guilt if any sadness or negativity enters our minds. This is silly because it is part of the human experience to process sadness and feelings of negativity. The trick is to ride the wave, not to fight it. Allow yourself to FEEL and work through those emotions without berating yourself for having them. Be as kind to yourself as you would be to others.
Give yourself permission to rest. There are no rewards for being the most burned-out, haggard, and stressed individual. The trick is to work SMART not hard! Set yourself up with ways to maximise efficiency not hard work. I do this by concentrating on setting up my revenue streams with a focus on residual income. That way I can kick back guilt-free knowing I'm still able to look after my family and myself.
Let yourself start again, over and over, as often as needed. If you slip up and fall off track…be kind to yourself. You can always get back on track - you just need to take those first steps again in a positive direction.
Understand you don’t have to be ‘perfect’. Perfection does not exist. This life you are living is YOURS! It is unique. It is special. Set it up in a way that will work for YOU. If that means trading in the power suits for Zoom meetings in your pajamas - DO IT! If you prefer to command a boardroom, do that. No matter what path you choose, OWN it and be proud! When you make mistakes, because we all do, take responsibility but also be kind to yourself. Do not focus on beating yourself up because that is counterproductive. Dust yourself off and continue being the powerhouse that you are!
Remind yourself that you are WORTHY. Make yourself a priority in your own life!