Of course, the ratio of care we have to provide for others vs. ourselves depends on our unique living situations. If extensive daily self-love rituals are not realistic for you right now, keep in mind that quality is more important than quantity.
3. You think that meditation or yoga are “just not for you."
This might sound funny but I know a lot of people who feel this way, either because they cannot connect with a certain "image" or "lifestyle," or because they feel “too busy.”
But here's the thing: You can do anything your way!
If you don't want to practice yoga in a group gathering in a park at the crack of dawn wearing baggy clothes, then don't. If you'd feel weird "oming" or simply don't want to free-up your schedule for half an hour of daily meditation — just try something that realistically works for you.
For example, I often practice yoga wearing jeans while my kids are watching TV right next to me. Or, I use one of my daughter's plastic bead necklaces to meditate: When I’m feeling stressed-out, I sit down, close my eyes and start breathing slowly. With every breath in or out, I let the beads glide through my hands, which is incredibly calming to me.
Am I doing it like a pro? Hardly. But it totally works for me!
4. You don't do detoxes because you're afraid you'll have to live on juice alone.
I get it. With all the crazy cleanses out there, detoxing doesn't sound particularly sexy. But who said you need to follow a program, sip on magic potions, or starve yourself?
Detoxing is about helping your body get rid of junk running through your system. In my case, it significantly raises my energy levels, clears both brain fog and my skin, helps me sleep better and boosts my mood.
And detoxing doesn't just have to be about juice cleanses. Start with these easy daily hacks, like beginning your morning with a glass of birch sap or oil pulling.
5. You think that sleep is overrated.
Of course, we all need a night out every now and then, and Netflix's call to watch "just one more" episode of our favorite TV series can be oh so tempting.
But research has shown over and over again that sleep is vital. For example, sufficient sleep strengthens your immune system and decreases your risk of weight gain.
What really did the trick for me? Tracking my sleep with the same wearable that counts my steps. I couldn't have a better accountability partner!
6. You have a kitchen you never use.
Sure, eating out seems more hassle-free than dealing with grocery shopping and pots and pans. But preparing your own meals comes with even better benefits, namely: