Self-care is all about taking care of yourself mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. With all of the responsibilities and obligations we have, it’s very easy as women to forget to take care of ourselves – but a focus on self-care this summer can change all of that.
If you’re new to the concept of self-care, or have never really practiced it, developing these habits can be challenging. Creating a self-care routine is all about YOU and allowing you to do what makes you happy and healthy. Self-care is essential on those days that you worked your hardest, gave your all or are flat out tired of it all. Taking care of others is great, but you can only do that when you feel at peace with yourself.
Here are five ways you can create a self-care routine:
Think of what’s good for you. Self-care is about what’s healthy for you. Creating a good routine means eating your fair share of healthy fats and vegetables, and staying hydrated. The food you eat and your health has an effect on your mood and emotional health. If you want to feel better about yourself, you have to take care of yourself first.
Think about what makes you happy. The other side of self-care is also doing things that bring you joy, and allow you to escape from momentarily from your problems. This includes indulging in some of your favorite ice cream or binge watching your favorite Netflix original series. Maybe what makes you happy and bring you peace of mind is turning off your phone for day or taking a social media break. Regardless, the indulgent side of your routine also plays a major role in what it means to take care of yourself.
Do what you want. Don’t take this the wrong way and throw away all of your responsibilities. But if you want (or need) to take nap after work instead of cooking dinner – do that. Eat, sleep and play when you want or need to – whatever is going to keep you healthy and sane essentially. Practice self-care each Saturday but going to get a mani-pedi, or shopping at your favorite thrift store. This is why PTO days were invented, we all need to take personal days off for some much need ‘me time’.
Exercise. Eating healthy can be a part of your self-care routine, but so can being active. Exercise is a great way to burn off steam and deal with your emotions in a healthy way. An easy way to make self-care a part of your daily routine is to create a schedule for doing all of the things that create peace for you. Perhaps exercising is a daily thing, but shopping and eating right is saved for the weekends. Figure out what works best for you on your schedule to develop your self-care routine.
Meditate. Meditation means to be in a state where you are completely aware of yourself and your surroundings. Meditating means training your mind to be in a place of consciousness, or in a mode of reflection, contemplation and deep thought. This is a great practice for those days when everything is just too overwhelming and you need to be at peace with your thoughts. While meditating can mean you are reflecting, it can also mean that you aren’t thinking of anything. This is where you can take 5 – 20 minutes to completely take yourself out of the craziness of the day and detach.
What are some ways you practice self-care?