Women have some nasty habits. One of them is spreading themselves too thin. I don’t care how well you think you’re taking care of yourself, you’re probably neglecting some crucial areas of your life – areas that you’re ignoring for the wellbeing of someone or something else (most likely a child, spouse, partner, parents or career).

There’s a good possibly you’ll start seeing small parts of your life fraying because of it. Maybe you’re feeling more emotional, maybe you’re not sleeping well, or maybe you’re just generally not as happy as you could be.

We tend to get lost in the moments, then the days, until eventually we wake up to find we don’t know where (or who) we are at all. We forget to look around and realize what we have, how far we’ve come and what’s really important.

You can’t let yourself get lost in your own life. You can’t forget to remember why you’re here and who you’re here for –yourself. Once you’ve gotten into the habit of taking care of yourself you will be more capable of taking care of the other parts of your life. That includes your career, your family and your dreams.

So while I applaud your ambition and your need to give, I can’t respect a woman who doesn’t respect herself. Respecting yourself means taking care of yourself. In attempt to get back on track, practice these 6 daily rituals. If you do these every day, you will see your life transform.

Drink A Glass Of Water When You Wake Up

Your body loses water while you sleep, so you’re naturally dehydrated in the morning. A glass of water when you wake helps start your day fresh. This will also get you in the habit of drinking more water throughout the day. If you haven’t already, buy yourself a large water bottle to  keep at your desk and by your bed. Refill it 4 times a day and see what changes in your health and your life.

Define Your Top 3

Every morning ask yourself, “What are the top three most important tasks that I will complete today?” Prioritizes your day accordingly and don’t sleep until the Top 3 are complete. More importantly, write them down. The ability to cross things off is more satisfying than you may realize.

The 50/10 Rule

Solo-task and do more faster by working in 50/10 increments. Use a timer to work for 50 minutes on only one important task with 10 minute breaks in between. Spend your 10 minutes getting away from your desk, going outside, calling friends, meditating, or grabbing a glass of water.

Move And Sweat Daily

Regular movement keeps us healthy and alert. It boosts energy and mood, and relieves stress. If you hate the gym, try just making yourself walk more. Take your hour lunch break and walk.

Express Gratitude

Gratitude fosters happiness. Each morning, think of at least five things you’re thankful for. In times of stress, pause and reflect on these things. Try out a Gratitude Journal –make a journal in which you record one thing every day that you’re grateful for.

Reflect Daily

Bring closure to your day through 10 minutes of reflection. Asks yourself, “What went well?” and “What needs improvement?” For the things that did not go well, consistently push them out of your mind, reminding yourself that it’s not a big deal and tomorrow is a new day.

Lauren Martin
Just another girl in the world...and founder of Words of Women

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