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Caring for Yourself Every Day

Pay attention to how you’re feeling as your eyes blink open.

Pay attention to how clothes feel on your body.

Pay attention to how you’re feeling as you listen to a podcast or conversation.

Pay attention to what inspires and excites you.

Pay attention to what makes you sad.

Pay attention to what sparks your temper.

Pay attention to how you act in front of certain people, whether you contort yourself to fit into a certain mold.

Pay attention to what you pay attention to (poignant advice from Amy Krouse Rosenthal). What do you tend to notice? What do you give your energy to? Is it worth it?

Pay attention to the subtle signs that you’re ready for a break.

Pay attention to the foods you want to savor, to the meals you wish didn’t end.

Pay attention to how you talk to yourself when you mess up.

Pay attention to when you feel closest to others.

Pay attention to what naturally ignites your curiosity (and if nothing does, pay attention to that, too).

Pay attention to how you feel when you hear about the latest diet (and what you say to yourself).

Pay attention to when you feel uncomfortable.

Pay attention to when you reach for your phone (which might be connected to the previous sentence).

Pay attention to when you say something that doesn’t reflect how you feel and what might’ve led you to utter those words.

Pay attention to how you feel when you’re alone.

Pay attention to how your body feels when you first wake up. Pay attention to how it feels throughout the day (setting reminder alarms can help).

Pay attention to the sky and stars and the pretty little flowers on your way to work.

Pay attention to what your mind tells you at the end of the day.

Pay attention to the scents and sounds that make you smile.

Pay attention to how your body likes to move.

Pay attention to your heart and your soul, to your deeper, more complicated layers.

Because the best way we can appreciate, honor, respect, and care for something (or someone) is by giving it (or them) our precious, limited attention.

What would happen if you gave your attention to yourself?

P.S., For more on paying attention in all kinds of ways, I love Rob Walker’s new book The Art of Noticing: 131 Ways to Spark Creativity, Find Inspiration, and Discover Joy in the Everyday

Photo by Anita Austvika on Unsplash

Caring for Yourself Every Day


Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

Margarita is an associate editor at PsychCentral.com. She writes about everything from taking compassionate care of yourself at any weight, shape, and size, to coping healthfully with difficult emotions. Her goal is to give readers practical, empowering tips to better their lives, and to remind you that whatever you're struggling with, you're never, ever alone.


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Tartakovsky, M. (2019). Caring for Yourself Every Day. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 15, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/weightless/2019/08/caring-for-yourself-every-day/

 

Last updated: 17 Aug 2019
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