Life is tricky dishing out so many activities that keep us busy and make us forget taking care of ourselves. It could be from being in a demanding relationship, a busy schedule or just about anything to be busy about. Just know it’s always easy to lose yourself, especially when you’re the one with kind heart.
After coming out of a relationship that took tons out of me, I realized the importance of actual self-care which might seem so ordinary but has the power to make you live a better life.
So, I preach self-love and care, reminding you that you are your only best friend, and the importance of not losing yourself in the noisiness of all the events and activities of life.
Let me ask when was the last time you took some time off for yourself? When last did you read a nice book? Treated “yourself” to your favorite coffee? Got a full night‘s sleep? Or take time to treat yourself to a really nice place for dinner? Let me guess, you’re so busy taking care of other people and business that you always put yourself last and sometimes never on list?
Practicing self-care and self-love is essential part of life that can help you stay sane, alive, upbeat, and true with so many life’s setbacks and obstacles. It has proven effective to your overall well-being; boost your self-confidence, refresh your mind, and reduce stress.
So don’t feel guilty carving out time to care for yourself. It’s not selfish wanting to be healthy, nor making your health a priority. You’ll need to take care of yourself and be healthy if you want to care for others.
Self-care practice is different for each person and can be different from day to day. The best part is understanding what works for you and maintaining a regular self-care routine.
To prevent burnout, we need to nurture the health of our body, mind and soul; we need a bit of regular self-care routine.
Remember the very thing about self-care is that, it works well when you choose to do it, you’ll need to see a reason to love yourself and need to care for yourself. It will not happen like magic, you’ll need to intentionally make time for it, but like always the reward is always worth the effort.
Here are my self-care routines that can help you too
1. Simplify my schedule
Before I go to bed, I make sure I list out my morning to-do list, because I can be a little bit forgetful. To curb that habit, I make list and memorize them before I go to bed. With so many things to always do, and can really make me over-committed to burn out faster. I often take time to ask myself which relationship and activities are truly adding value to my life, and I’ll intentionally make out time for it.
Take out a bit of time and go through your schedule, tick out the needful things to do and strike out irrelevant activities. Be sure to be thorough on this, because for you to have scheduled it, it must have been considered important.
2. Energize my Body
Waking up, I don’t rush to eat, I try to energize my body, not that I’m fit-bent, in fact, I’m one of the girls that utilize The Lazy Girl Hack to be fit. I just find the kinks and tension spots in my body and stretch them out or do whatever physical activity I enjoy because exercise is the best self-care routine. Practice some relaxation techniques (like yoga if it’s your thing) and a bit of mindful breathing exercise to calm your sense and give you the relief you’ll need. Meditation, other forms of exercise or guided relaxation can also be a substitute if you’re not into yoga.
3. Say Some Daily Affirmations
Do you write down affirmations or some positive quotes for the day? Then whenever you wake up, just say your daily affirmations; make it a bit louder so your soul too can hear it and scare away those negative grinmo voices. This always prepares your mind to do what you think you can’t do and prepares you for the daily task ahead. It’s Ok if you don’t have any yet, I might just have one for you here.
4. Take a Bath
How do you feel when you take a bath? That’s exactly the feeling you need to allow yourself feel. Water is always refreshing, and can restore all lost energy. I take a nice warm bath in the morning and cold bath after work. You can make it extra special with these amazing bath essential oils to make some beautiful bubbles. Here are some of my favorite affordable essential oil you can GET NOW
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5. Take Vitamins
Are you one of those that think what you eat is just so enough for you and you don’t need vitamins? I used to think so too. Some time ago I found out I was depleted of Vitamin B. Ok, that’s because they’re not on my to-do list, but now I’m taking it and keeping it in mind to regularly get them replaced. Some dose of vitamin-B, calcium, and multivitamin is on a regular basis will do you lots of good.
De-cluttering is one of the simplest and easiest self-care practices. This spurs creativity, good mood and self-achievement, triggering some happy moment. So, take a pick—your email inbox, your working-desk, your closet or room and get rid of excess junk.
My room is always my favorite and starting point, having a messy bed or room being messy can really make me feel overwhelmed and scattered especially if you work from your home (an all day feeling I really don’t appreciate). I just start by shifting the whole room energy by making my bed, this could be just a simple change but it makes an amazing difference.
6. Eat Food
I love to cook, discovering and trying out recipes is just one of my favorite habit. So that makes me a food lover and before I forget, I love wine too. Our bodies need a balanced diet to stay healthy, so you’ll need to incorporate some healthy food into your diet.
But hey, that doesn’t mean if you want some chocolates, you should ignore that. Go buy some chocolates and eat, that’s also caring for yourself and your needs. Just try to keep your junk food minimal.
You can take some time to hit reset, detox and get rid of excess junks from your body system to feel brand new. I have a 3-day detox plan free of caffeine, sugar, carbohydrates or any sugar substitutes, just purely healthy eating. If you’d like some motivation, CLICK HERE to download it.
7. Keep a Gratitude Journal
What are you grateful for? It’s time to start writing them down. Remind yourself about your wins and breakthroughs no matter how tiny or small they might sound or look.
When I keep a gratitude journal, it’s always a happy ending to my evening self-care rituals. I’m always happy, contented and grateful to all I have, who I am and who I’ll become.
8. Get Enough Sleep
This could be a tough one, but I make sure I sleep well enough. I give myself at least 6-8hours night sleep and I totally don’t regret it.
Dang, your body needs to rest. Aren’t you tired already? You wake up; you hurry out and of course to work or keep up with some other things and still deny yourself that night sleep. This is an important part of self-care, Just rest. You need it. Maintaining a regular sleep cycle can boost memory and increase concentration.
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Getting adequate sleep is proven to be crucial not just for your physical health but also your mental health. Sometime you can make it sabbatical and just give your body some rest to rejuvenate and recover.
Looking to join me on this self-care journey?
I have a free self-care planner ready for a quick download below.
Don’t forget, you can also share your progress with me, because I can’t wait to read them.