Self-care is one of the most important things that you can do for yourself. It is about actions we take to develop, maintain, and improve our overall well-being. If you don't take time to practice self-care every day you will feel stressed, overwhelmed, and may eventually burn out both mentally and physically. It is understandable that this may be easier said than done, but using some of these tips can help you slowly integrate small steps towards creating a self-care routine that works for you.
Self-care is typically thought of as getting a massage, a manicure, or a bubble bath, but it doesn't have to be. It can include things like eating healthy to nourish your body, getting enough sleep, meditating and practicing gratitude, moving your body, getting outside, or even learning and educating yourself for personal growth.
To empower you to be the best version of yourself then you need to take care of yourself mind, body, and soul on a daily basis. When you take care of yourself, you are able to take care of others, help balance your life, and be the best you that you can be!
Here are some tips to make self-care a priority in your daily routine:
Schedule it, and set a reminder!
This can be scheduling just 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or even an hour for yourself!
Scheduling self-care every day will eventually become a habit. Working from home you may get so wrapped up in your work that you only move for bathroom breaks. This can easily drain your body, and you won't be able sustain this for long. Put time in your schedule to eat, walk around, lightly stretch, or even just jam out to your favourite song! Planning ahead by putting this time in your schedule and setting reminders gives your mind, body, and soul a much needed break that you deserve.
If eating a healthy meal during the day is something you know you struggle with, then schedule time during your day off or in the evening to prepare some foods that will be easy for you to grab for your work days. Having that food or meal ready can take the pressure of not knowing what to make or grabbing fast food that won't nourish your body to get you through the day. Also, scheduling your meals for the whole week can reduce decision fatigue at the end of your day when you may be already feeling overwhelmed and unmotivated to make the best decisions for you.
Do activities that make you happy!
You don't have to do the latest self-care trend. When you do the activities you love, you are much more likely to commit to doing them regularly compared to something you dislike.
Doing something that is someone else's idea of self-care really isn't taking care of yourself, and your needs. Try a few things and see what works for you!