Sometimes there are days where you gotta live by the infamous words “Treat yourself!” I get it. I treat myself with a lot of books, clothes, food, etc. There is nothing wrong with treating ourselves with what we want or what we deserve. My message today is that the best way to really care for ourselves is self-discipline.
Some self-care practices are:
Staying in and reading
Going out for a fun night
Cooking a nice meal at home
Netflix and takeout
Finishing a great workout
Ordering your favorite Starbucks drink
Having a spa-day
These can all be self-care. Self-discipline can also be very individualistic but it’s a little more specific too. According to Google it is “the ability to control one’s feelings and overcome one’s weaknesses; the ability to pursue what one thinks is right despite temptations to abandon it.”
This is the ultimate self-care practice. There is a huge internal benefit when we work on self-discipline, as it’s a little more guided and lifelong. The things we gain from practicing this lasts longer than a Starbucks coffee. We gain healthy habits, self-confidence, positive thinking, and more. Some examples of self-discipline practices are:
Making your bed every morning
Cleaning your room/house
Planning your day
Making monthly, weekly, or daily goals
Putting your phone (and whatever else distracts you) away
Working out early in the morning
Now, here are some tips for happiness that have been inspired by a self-discipline and self-care lifestyle:
Be ready for a challenge
Self-discpline can be hard and challenging but it’s good for us to challenge ourselves sometimes. I’m not saying that we should push ourselves over the limit, but when we can, doing hard things can boost our confidence. We learn way more about ourselves when we do difficult things rather than easy things.
Bite your tongue
Being careful with language by how we speak to others or what we say to others is very important. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and say things we don’t mean. It’s also easy to overlook how we talk or communicate with others. If we can control what we say, it becomes easier to then control what we think.
Don’t beat yourself up
If you don’t get something right or slip up trying to reach a goal of yours, don’t beat yourself up about it! If something has happened, it’s happened. After that, dwelling on it in such a negative matter is wasting your timing and energy. Getting yourself together and making changes to your life is much easier if you have a positive outlook. Try to maintain that.
Take a break from social media
I suggest this to everyone all the time. I think social media is great in a lot of ways. I also think that taking a break from it is super important for a healthy and normal life. Social media is tempting and very influential. Staying away from social media gives you time to breathe, live, and think about yourself. To think for youself.
Surround yourself with excellence
Keep a great group of people around you. People who both love you as you but also push you to be better. People who also want to improve and reach their goals. It’s always nice to have company.
That’s it my friends!
Acknowleging that there are things about yourself that need work and actually working to improve those things, gives our lives purpose. Purpose gives meaning. Meaning gives a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
With the enlightenment, meaning, and purpose self-discipline gives you, it’s a little easier to gauge life every day in terms of what we should do, how we should think, how we develop, and more. It allows you to take full control of yourself and your life. Thanks for reading my self-care and self-discipline tips for happiness!
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