This is Part 8 in a 10-part series on Taking Care of Yourself
Now that we’ve established that self-care is not selfish, and that it’s something you should be doing every day, let’s look at a few ideas for putting that into action.
You don’t have to make a major shift in your lifestyle in order to practice daily self-care. In fact, if you go for simple, you can easily find a few minutes to take care of yourself every day.
Here are 10 easy ideas for daily self-care.
Idea #1 – Wake up earlier
Quiet time in the morning is my favorite time of day. In fact, I’m actually writing this post at 5:30 a.m. because I’ve been up since 4:00.
You don’t have to be that drastic, but try waking up even thirty minutes earlier than your usual time. Grab a coffee or tea and go outside if that appeals. You can get some exercise in, or read, or journal… whatever you want to do as long as it’s not stressful. This is a great way to set up your morning so that you start the day on your own schedule instead of someone else’s.
Idea #2 – Make use of wait times
You can turn your wait times into self-care times by adding something relaxing to do. Bring a book to read, or something to color, or even a puzzle book. Anything you enjoy doing that can take the stress out of waiting around is a good way to practice self-care.
Idea #3 – Make a small change in your routine
You’d be surprised at how much energy you can get from just a small change in your routine. Do something simple like sing while you’re in the kitchen, or dance your way through the housework. If you’re commuting to work, listen to an audio book or put on some music. Little changes like this can boost your energy and lighten your mood at the same time. And that’s great self-care.
Idea #4 – Pamper yourself a bit
Self-care can be as simple as pampering yourself just a little. Buy yourself high-quality shampoo, conditioner and body wash for your shower. Or some nice lavender bubble bath to soak in.
Get yourself some really nice lotions for your hands, body, and face. Use products made with organic, healthy ingredients to take extra-good care of yourself.
Idea #5 – Take advantage of breaks and naps
Break-time can be a great time for self-care. If you can, get outside and walk for ten or fifteen minutes. If you’re at home with the kids, do something nice for yourself when they’re having their afternoon nap.
The trick to practicing daily self-care really is to fit it in to your schedule whenever you can. Breaktimes and naptimes are really good for that.
Idea #6 – Cook something new
There’s a whole new world of culinary delights out there if you like to cook and aren’t afraid to try new things. Start by picking one day of the week to try something new. If you’re really organized you can theme your menu around things like meatless Monday or taco Tuesday. If you’re not sure what to try, check out sites like Yummly or even Pinterest for different recipe ideas.
Idea #7 – Savor your food
This idea kind of goes together with cooking something new. Take the time to really savor your food. Instead of rushing through your meal, relax and really be mindful about what you’re eating. Slowing down and really enjoying the taste, texture, and smell of your meals can be a wonderful way to take care of yourself, and it’s healthier for you too than wolfing down your food and rushing off to the next thing.
Idea #8 – Use your self-care survival kit
Remember that self-care survival kit we made earlier in this series? Are you using it?
You can make using your kit part of your bedtime routine. Pull out a page to colour or a puzzle to do. Choose activities that calm and relax you before bedtime, so that you’ll get a better night’s sleep.
Idea #9 – Practice positive thinking
Practicing positive thinking can be a really good way to take care of yourself, especially if you have a stressful job. Diffuse some essential oils while you’re getting ready for work in the morning, and use positive affirmations to start your day in a positive frame of mind. Keeping stress at a minimum is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
Idea #10 – Keep stress relief tools handy
You might laugh at this one, but don’t knock it until you try it.
Keeping stress-relieving tools like a fidget spinner or stress ball around for when you can’t get up and go for a walk is a another good way to add a little self-care to your day.Having these toys handy lets you play a bit and relieve your stress at the same time without having to completely stop what you’re doing. They’re great thinking tools too, if the source of your stress is a creative block.
As you can see from this list of ideas, self-care doesn’t need to be hugely complicated or take up several hours of your day. You can easily add one or more of these ideas to your day to get in a little extra self-care time without having to change up your whole routine.
Do you have a favorite way to add self-care to your day? Share your thoughts in the comments…
This is Part 8 of a 10-part series on Taking Care of Yourself
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