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Person Listening to MusicHave you ever heard the phrase “you can’t pour from an empty cup?” In recent years, it has often been used to remind people of the dangers of working too hard. Whether in relation to career, romance, or family, giving to everything else means that there is little left for yourself. Eventually, you’ll burn yourself out and it will start to have a negative impact on your life. For relationships, a person who is constantly pushing might start to push the other away. To avoid this and keep the romance alive, you must practice some self-care rituals. 

Define Self-Care

The term self-care has been thrown around a lot lately. Before diving into specific actions, you first need to define what this term means to you. What areas of your life do you neglect to perform better for others? What brings you joy amidst all of the chaos? What do you wish you had more time for? The answers to these questions can start to highlight exactly what actions you need to take to feel your best again.

Though a self-care journey will look different for each person, you can still explore a few general approaches to get started. These ideas are meant to aid you in different areas, so play around with lots of different concepts to find the right fit.

Remove Yourself

One of the best forms of self-care is removing yourself from your routine. Whether this means taking time off from work, heading off on an excursion without your partner, or simply using a weekend to wander somewhere without real purpose, you can discover a lot about yourself when you’re not encumbered by your daily habits. Often, being by yourself in a new environment can bring thoughts and feelings to the surface that you usually don’t have the opportunity to entertain. This time will let you return to your regularly scheduled tasks with a renewed perspective. 

Do “The Thing”

Everyone has a mental list of things they would like to do if there were extra hours in a day. Sadly, even a day that was ten times the usual length would not be enough to get most people to commit to these goals. Whether you want to speak another language or learn how to play a musical instrument, all you need to do is take the first step and commit to the work. It might be frustrating at first, especially if you’re trying to tackle a very difficult task, but you’ll reap countless benefits before long.  

There might even be a few items on your list that you want to tackle with your partner. Though time to yourself is a big part of successful self-care, you’ll find that working your significant other into certain aspects can strengthen your relationship. Take cooking lessons, learn to build furniture, or create a YouTube channel — whatever might add some new dimension to the time you spend with your partner. 

Do Nothing

Do you often feel overwhelmed by how many tasks and responsibilities you’re faced with on any given day? Modern living is packed with obligations, meaning that you can see success with self-care by doing absolutely nothing. Take a day and just laze about the house, pushing off chores and whatever else gives you strife on a regular basis. The act of taking control of your life in this way can often invigorate you and help you return to your relationships and goals with a more focused purpose. 

Relationships often suffer when a person fails to take care of his or her own needs. If you’ve been pouring from an empty cup for a long time now, tend to yourself. Develop a self-care routine that reflects the demands of your life and see how a few changes can yield lasting results. 

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