Aloha lovely! If you’ve clicked on this blog post chances are you’re here because you’re feeling a bit stressed out and maybe a little under appreciated. This happens to us all, and one way to combat this is with a good self care routine.
Practicing Self Care is a necessity. If you don’t take care of yourself it’s hard to show up every day for your career, partner, pets, and friends. If you’re chronically tired, overworked, eating like crap and not practicing self-care, you’re bound to become overwhelmed.
Creating a simple self care routine is a great first step in helping to replenish your energy and improve your mood and your life. Creating a Self Care Practice can help decrease anxiety, reduce stress, and increase productivity.
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What is Self Care?
Self Care is the act of caring for yourself. You can do this in so many ways.
- Self Care can be taking a personal day from work when you need it.
- Caring for yourself can be getting eyelash extensions and pedicures.
- It can be done by going to the gym and eating healthy.
- Self Care can be taking a nap.
- Or going shopping.
- It can even be traveling the world.
There aren’t a lot of rules on how to practice Self Care. And the reason is; your Self Care is unique to you.
Creating a routine where you practice Self Care can help decrease anxiety, reduce stress, and increase productivity.
The Different Types of Self Care
Physical Self Care:
- Eat a Well Balanced Diet
- Skin Care
- Stress Relief
Emotional Self Care:
Mental Self Care:
- Learn Something New
- Listen to a Podcast
- Read a Book
- Goal Setting
Spiritual Self Care:
- Tarot/Oracle Cards
- Go to Church/Temple
Social Self Care:
- Catch up with a family member
- Meet a Friend for Coffee
- Have a Girl’s Night
- Host a Dinner Party
How to Get Started
Find out What Self Care Practices are Best for You
I like to take each of the above “Types of Self Care” and brainstorm 3-5 things for each category. I choose things I enjoy, and a few that are less fun but will help me to live a happier healthier life.
If you’re not sure where to get started you can use these thought starters below to help you determine what types of self care practice could be most beneficial for you.
Self Care Thought Starters:
- I feel guilty when I can’t/don’t….
- I feel most myself when I take time to…..
- What makes me the most confident/happy?
- I get irritated when I don’t have time to….
Create an Easy to Follow Schedule
Using the above categories and the answers to your “thought starter” prompts begin breaking them down in to time lines. What things should you do daily/weekly/monthly to live the best life. Then start incorporating them into your routine.
Examples of Daily Self Care-
- Drink 8 Cups of Water
- Take a 20 minute Walk
- Take my medicine
- Read a book
- Mindful Morning Rituals
Examples of Weekly Self Care-
- Go to church/temple
- Do a tarot or oracle card reading
- Have a Spa Day at home
- Meet your best friend for coffee/lunch
- Have date night with your significant other
Examples of Monthly Self Care-
- Set monthly goals
- Organize your Bullet Journal
- Host a Dinner Party
- Get a massage
- Take a short trip somewhere you’ve never been
- Journal Prompts for the Full Moon
Putting Together Your Self Care Routine:
The idea of creating a self-care routine that works for you is all about balance. Taking care of ourselves is important and carving out as little as 10-15 minutes a day can really make a difference.
And one of the best things about self-care is that after awhile taking care of yourself and doing things to nourish your mind, body, and soul won’t take so long to plan.
And don’t be afraid to switch up your self-care routine with the seasons (life’s seasons are just as important as summer, fall, winter, and spring.) In the summer I like to spend as much time as possibly outside, so my self-care routine reflects that. In the cooler winter months, I might be more inclined to learn a new language or read a good book.