Here’s what you need to remember and act accordingly at all times: Taking care of others is only possible after you take care of yourself. When you feel stressed and too tired, too emotional or numb, it’s time you started putting yourself first.

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Here’s a list of ten small things you can try doing or telling yourself when you’re feeling down.

#1. Start with realizing that your needs are as important and relevant just like anyone else’s. So think about what you want or need to do at this precise moment and go ahead. Cater to your own needs.

#2. You yourself are as important as anyone else, so don’t forget to put yourself first… at least sometimes. Important people in your life should understand that, too, and be totally ok and encouraging about you taking care of yourself.

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#3. Spend some one-on-one time with yourself. Draw a nice bath. Put on some nice clothes. Go on a (reasonable) shopping tryst. Or, on the contrary, take a walk to the park, sit on a bench, read that book you’ve long wanted to. Enjoy a day off at the beach.

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#4. If you need help, ask for it. Make your needs known to your loved ones: do their own laundry, grocery shopping, making dinner, looking after each other while you’re out, etc. Don’t be stubborn or shy about it.

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#5. Be grateful for what you have. When you’re feeling down, remind yourself of all the good things you have in your life and appreciate them.

#6. Be mindful about your well-being. When you need a breath of fresh air, go take it. Prepare a home-cooked meal, have a refreshing cup of tea. Allow yourself to re-energize.

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#7. Open up to your loved ones. No need to be as closed-off or take your grievances out on the others. Relax, and you’ll notice how the important people in your life open their hearts in response to your kindness and frankness.

#8. Connect more with nature. Get outside more often. Soak in that vitamin D. Enjoy the peculiarities of every season.

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#9. Practice mindful thinking. That is, recognize, acknowledge and accept your thoughts and emotions without over-analyzing or judging. Notice the present moment and enjoy it!

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#10. Encourage others to do the same. Show your friends and family that it is not selfish at all to put themselves above others, since they’re happy and healthy, it’s easier to think of others and be kind to them.

Which of those tips are your favourite? Do you have your own “me-time” routine?

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The BetterMe Team wants you and those close to you to live a healthy, happy life! Your health is a valuable thing; look after your body and your mind so that you can live your life to the fullest – Remember you only get one!

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