2016 is now in the past. Another year has begun. What will 2017 bring for you? There is no way in knowing what to expect during the next 365 days, but you can have a better understanding on how you will move and react to situations in this year. It’s important to plan your attitude for the year as much as we plan our goals. So here are some tips for better self-care in 2017.
We always take time to plan out our physical goals, but how much time are you taking in mapping out the emotional you? Our mental and emotional health is more important than any physical attributes. No matter what you “physically” achieve, without a healthy mental and emotional life, you will surely lose it. Pun intended.
I had to take this into practice for myself, as I’ve been really focused on my physical goals, and almost forgot to check in with myself mentally. I did it yesterday, a full evaluation of my mental and emotional health, on New Year’s Eve. I learned so much about how far I’ve come and how much more I need to work on. Take this evaluation for yourself, be honest with your answers, and plan to work on positive changes for 2017:
- How do you deserve to be treated? Why?
For many of us, we don’t truly understand what we deserve. Or, we have a construed idea of what we feel we deserve. This is usually based in a lack of self-esteem, devaluing of self, and in some cases based on someone else’s life. Find out what you feel you deserve, but also speak on WHY you feel you deserve that.
- How would you like to be treated? How will you teach others to treat you this way?
We teach people how to treat us. If you want to be treated with respect, you must demand it and be respectful to others. What are you doing currently that has taught others to treat you the way they do?
- How do you value yourself? Are you living up to that level of value?
When saying you know your worth, does your life match that value?
- What will you do to change the way you value yourself?
Change begins with you. YOU have the power to gain the respect you desire, but you must respect yourself. Whatever it is that you want others to value in you, be sure you are exhibiting the same for yourself. Invest in yourself, that could be self-care through, books, prayer, meditation, business courses, etc. My book, I Hear That Girl!: Life Advice for Every Sista, is a great guide to understanding yourself, your value, and your purpose. 😉
As you start this new year, take time for self-care. Allow yourself room for the truth without judgement and a willingness for change. I wish you guys the best and a level of self unlike ever before! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!