There’s a misconception that self care is about an all-out spa day, a mani pedi, or relaxing with a glass of champagne. While it’s great to indulge from time to time, it is not the same as practicing sustained self care.
Practicing self care daily helps you feel:
And helps reduce stress
There are many ways to practice self care and what works is different for everyone, but here are seven approaches to self care to get you started.
#1 - Silence or Meditation
There are outside distractions constantly in our daily lives, not to mention our distracting inner thoughts. Meditation and breathing quiets your surroundings and brings your thoughts into your awareness. This way, you can capture the right thoughts and let go of the thoughts that do not serve you.
Start with meditating for five minutes a day and increase your meditation time as it becomes more comfortable for you.
#2 - Movement of Exercise
Exercising daily helps you physically and mentally. Any active moment you do will contribute to your self care; it does not have to be rigorous. You can walk, jog, do yoga, play tennis, do jumping jacks or squats.
Being active releases endorphins that help:
Boost your mood
You sleep better.
Start with incorporating at least 10-15 minutes a day of exercise to practice #2 in self care on our list!
#3 - Eat Right!
The foods that we eat can contribute to our health or the development of illnesses. It is important that you incorporate fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole foods into your diet. It’s also important to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and flush out toxins.
#4 - Make Sleep a Priority
Recognize your nighttime routine. Are you scrolling on your smartphone eating candy before bed? Examine your bedtime habits and cut out any that contribute to poor sleep.
To improve your sleep:
Avoid engaging with your TV, smartphone, or computer before right bedtime avoid
Avoid consuming sugary drinks or snacks before you go to sleep
Try to get seven to eight hours of sleep each night
#5 - Do Activities You Find Naturally Calming and Relaxing
Whether it’s going to the movies, doing a social activity, or sitting home with a hot cup of tea and a good book, practicing activities that you find calming is integral to practicing self care.
#6 - Practice Mindful Journaling
You want to declutter your mind just like you would declutter your desk or your home.
Take a few moments to put your thoughts and feelings on paper so you can explore your thoughts and emotions. This practice will not only help you feel better but also help reduce your stress level.
Start mindful journaling with this prompt:
How do I feel right now?
#7 - Make a Gratitude List
Practicing gratitude shifts your mind from that of scarcity to that of abundance. It helps you move your thoughts from what you perceive as lacking to looking at and celebrating things that you do well and things that you have.
Make a gratitude list for 10 minutes and then reflect on this list and take note of how your body and your mindset immediately shift and you feel so much better.
Self care is making the decision to show up for yourself every single day.
Imagine what is possible when you show up for you.