How a Little Self-Care Can Change Your Attitude

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A little self-care can go a long way toward improving your attitude. Adjusting your attitude can easily make a bad day turn into a great day. As Dennis Mannering says in the title of his book on motivational theory, Attitudes Are Contagious: Are Yours Worth Catching? It’s best to do everything you need to do to keep a positive attitude. That way when you are around your friends, family, and coworkers you are not changing their attitudes for the worse.

There are habits you can add to your daily life to improve your attitude, let’s look at a few.

Get Enough Sleep – Set your alarm to go off about an hour before you need to get into bed. Turn off all electronics, turn down the lights. Fix your central air to make the room cooler about 65 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit. If it helps you to calm down, get into bed with a good book. Getting a full night’s sleep is vital to waking up in a good mood. You will feel energetic and much more willing to start out your day without resentment.

Eat Healthy and Exercise – Exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood and by improving self-esteem and cognitive function. Exercise has also been found to alleviate symptoms such as low self-esteem and social withdrawal. Also eating what is healthy for you, at most meals and before exercising, will keep you from having blood pressure dips, which can tank your mood quickly.

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Stay Hydrated – Dehydration is responsible for headaches, dry skin, fatigue, and dizziness. These symptoms can cause your attitude to change for the worse fairly quickly. The standard rule of thumb is to drink either half your body weight in ounces in water, or try to drink 8 glasses or 64 ounces of water per day. Don’t forget that eating raw veggies and fruit is also hydrating.

Take Your Breaks — Don’t pass on those ten-minute work breaks.  Use this time to relax and focus on something that makes you laugh or step outside your office and breathe. If you work for yourself, schedule in 10 to 15-minute breaks at least every four hours.

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Ask for Help – Asking for help can be challenging for some people (me included), but you should never be afraid to make a request. As my husband loves to say, “The answer is always no until you ask.” Appeal to your friends and family to assist you every now and then to relieve some pressure off everyday tasks. More than likely they will be happy to help. If you are finding it hard to take care of yourself don’t be afraid to consult a professional. Taking care of your mental health is an important part of self-care.

Learn to Say No – If you are overwhelmed, too busy, or just don’t want to do something, saying no is perfectly fine. Give yourself permission to say no. Taking on too much work or doing things you don’t want to do leads to poor quality work and unhappy people. Don’t do that to yourself.

Decompress – Take time out each day to relax. Get away from people, meditate, get some coffee or a cup of tea. Your time to decompress is important to a good attitude.

Feel free to adjust these ideas to your own individual needs. Remember to keep it simple. Take comfort in knowing that you can take care of yourself, get away, and practice self-care without guilt.  It’s your right!

Simple Self-Care Tips and Ideas

self-careSelf-care is a very broad term and can honestly mean anything. Self-care can be described by each person differently. To one person it can be about doing anything that is fun and exciting but to the next person it is about being quiet and fully relaxed in the moment, and even then, someone else might think it’s a combination of both. Self-care is an individualized plan of activities that will allow you to be mentally, physically and emotionally healthy.

If you haven’t been practicing self-care for a while or at all, it can be overwhelming at first to break it down and know where to start.

Self-care First – Just like health studies have shown exercising first thing in the morning gives the best results, the same goes for self-care. Take care of yourself first thing in the morning to start your day off positively. When you get things out of the way, you’ll feel accomplished and awesome.

Schedule Self-Care – Today people are more productive than ever. They are also distracted. The best course of action to make sure you have time to squeeze in self-care, is to schedule it. Schedule that haircut or massage. Schedule a short phone call with friends or family during your break at work. Schedule lunch with friends. If you write it down and/or put it in your calendar, you’re more likely to do it.
Be Attentive – Be aware of your surroundings as well as yourself. Your environment and knowing what you like and dislike plays a major part in self-care. If you are adding things to your routine that you don’t like and don’t make you happy, look for a way to remove it or make it better.
Reward Yourself – Self-care shouldn’t only be about rewarding yourself. However, rewards can be a great way to train yourself to do things you might otherwise neglect, such as exercise. Start rewarding yourself for doing it so that you have something to look forward to besides rock hard abs. For example, if you exercise every day for a month, schedule a facial or massage to reward yourself.


Try Meditation – Meditation is a great way to clear your mind and help you relax. The goal is to focus on breathing and nothing else. Studies show that meditation and prayer help cut down on stress and improve memory. Meditation definitely helps me to feel more focused and relaxed.
Take Alone Time – Self-care doesn’t have to be about going and spending a bunch of money or doing exciting activities. Sometimes people just need alone time. Take time away from children and coworkers so that you can  rejuvenate and focus on your own thoughts. Make a safe space for yourself, where you can go to be alone when you need to (even if it’s the bathroom or a closet).

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Spend Time with Friends and Family – Schedule some time with friends and family. Go out to dinner or play board games. Try something different with your loved ones than what you usually would do with them. Make it a date so you have something to look forward to.

Self-care can be simple. The hardest part is figuring out what self-care means to you and giving yourself incentives to make sure you follow through. You can do it!!