A successful woman is confidently feminine and eager to learn and grow. She has achieved balance and perspective in all aspects of her life. Being a successful woman in life means having the courage to own who you are, why you are doing what you do and how you can apply your vision to positively impact the world.
Successful women formulate habits that help them achieve and maintain their success, in whatever form that is for them. The following 10 self care habits of successful women can help you prioritise self care and incorporate it into your day without feeling like you’re simply adding more to your plate.
1 Make Time To Exercise
Self care really starts with looking after your body. It’s the only one we are given and we need to take care of it. Sure, some days lazing and watching Netflix counts as a ‘rest’ day and is good for self care too, but you also need to make sure your body is strong and healthy.
2 Understand The Value Of Alone Time
During time alone we are given the opportunity to be with ourselves, reflect on who we are, where we are and where we want to be. The problem is, the busier we are, the less alone time we seem to have. Creating this alone time and finding the value in it is so important – you can combine it with exercise or self care or use it to meditate and reflect in gratitude. Whatever you do, make it happen.
3 Reward Yourself With Desires, Not Food
Giving yourself tangible rewards that aren’t food ensures you keep up with the whole idea of looking after your body and your mind. This means you won’t feel guilty about your rewards and are more likely to achieve them rather than self sabotage.
4 Schedule Self Care Like You Would Any Other Appointment
If you had an important meeting with a client or even a potential client you wouldn’t miss it would you? You’d schedule it in and make dang sure you’re there. So why treat self care any differently? Why not give ourselves the level of importance we place on others? When setting your schedule and intentions for the week, be sure to allow enough time and even block out time for self care. If you have it written down and scheduled in your far more likely to stick with it and make it happen.
5 Understand The Value Of The Word ‘No’
Both ‘yes’ and ‘no’ are two of the most powerful words we use, unfortunately we seem to use ‘yes’ far too often when we really want to be and should be saying ‘no’. How many times have you committed to something because you couldn’t say ‘no’? You wanted to, but you felt guilty for it or obliged to say ‘yes’.
‘No’ is a word you need to become comfortable with saying. Because often when you say ‘no’ to others, you’re saying ‘yes’ to yourself. You’re saying yes to giving yourself extra time, to putting yourself first and to putting your priorities first.
It’s okay to say ‘no’.
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6 Eat Healthy (Most Of The Time)
It’s so important to nourish our body with good foods. Sometimes this is harder than others, but if you set your intention and start your day in a healthy way, it’s much easier to stick with. Plan your meals if that works better for you, avoid grocery shopping when you’re hungry or even get healthy meals delivered! Whatever you need to do to ensure you’re giving your body the best you can. It’s a pretty awesome piece of machinery – look after it!
7 Flex Your Creative Muscles
We all have a creative flair, some of us just don’t realise it. Whether you love writing, drawing, creating, making, designing or anything in between, flexing your creative ‘muscles’ activates a different area of the brain to the analytical side and gets you thinking in different ways.
You don’t have to be a brilliant artist or storyteller to be creative. Find what you love doing and do more of that. Or if you’re not quite sure what you love, start experimenting. Take a class, learn a skill you’ve always wanted to learn and get creative.
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8 Make Little Life Upgrades
Giving yourself little upgrades in life can help make you feel a million dollars without having to actually spend a million dollars. It’s all about bringing in little luxuries into our lives and appreciating them.
What in your life makes you feel cheap, poor or ashamed? Do you absolutely hate using shampoo and conditioner from the supermarket? Maybe start buying it from the salon instead. While it costs more it also lasts longer and every time you wash your hair you’ll feel luxurious and spectacular.
Maybe you cringe every time you have a friend over and hand them a chipped or old or mismatching wine glass. Upgrade to new, beautiful wine glasses and you’ll be excited to have friends over again.
These little upgrades don’t have to cost a fortune but the impact they have on the way you feel about yourself is amazing. You don’t have to go out and buy yourself a new car but maybe pay for your car to be washed every few weeks so it looks good. The little things make the biggest difference.
9 Connect With Others
How often do you make time to connect with those you love? Just as we need to reconnect with ourselves, it’s also important to make time to connect with others. Whether it’s scheduling in a coffee and catch up with a friend or making time for a family dinner, make connections with others a priority.
It’s not only for the ones we love. Getting out to networking events and meeting new people can put you out of your comfort zone and help you expand yourself and your business.
10 Let Negativity Go
We attract more of what we already have, so if you have a whole lot of negativity guess what is going to keep coming your way? Easier said than done right?
The biggest change in my attitude came when I decided to stop letting the little things get to me. That was it, line in the sand, not going to happen. Instead of complaining about people who were doing things ‘wrong’ I reminded myself that they might just have a different outlook on things. Instead of getting angry at every red light I came to, I used the time to stretch my arms and move around a little.
It’s not an easy thing to do, negativity becomes