Simple Self-Care Tips and Ideas for You

Simple Self-Care Tips And Ideas

Self-care is a very broad term and can honestly mean anything.  What self-care is to me, could be torture to you!   To one person it can be about doing anything that is fun and exciting but to the next person it is about being quiet and fully relaxed in the moment and even then, someone else might think it’s a combination of both. Self-care is an individualized plan of activities that will allow you to be mentally, physically and emotionally healthy. Are you ready to start your self-care journey yet?

Getting Started in Your Self-Care Routine

If you haven’t been practicing self-care for a while or at all, it can be overwhelming at first to break it down and know where to start.  You need to have a daily self-care routine that keeps you feeling your best.  Yes, it’s ok if that means one day a week is designate pajama day, and you’re doing life in a relaxed way.  Let’s take a look at some tips that will help you in your journey to taking better care of you.

  • Self-Care First – Just like health studies have shown exercising first thing in the morning gives the best results the same goes for self-care. Take care of yourself first to start your day off positively. When you get things out of the way you’ll feel accomplished and awesome.  It can be your getting ready routine, or the quiet time you take each day to get your mind right before you jump all the way in to your day.
  • Schedule Self-Care – Today people are more productive than ever. But, they are also distracted. The best course of action is to schedule in the things you want to do for self-care. Schedule that haircut or massage. Schedule a short phone call with friends or family during your break at work. Schedule a lunch date with friends.  One of my favorite ways to break up the day, is to meet my friend Jackie and her Daughter for lunch.  Our kiddos play, we talk work or life, but most importantly, we just do something together.   If you write it down you’re more likely to do it, so get scheduling.
  • Be Attentive – Be aware of your surroundings as well as yourself. Your environment and knowing what you like and dislike plays a major part in self-care. If you are adding things to your routine that you don’t like and don’t make you happy, look for a way to remove it or make it better.  Many of you know that I went through a period of time where I had no idea what I really wanted in life.  No Clue At All.  It was a miserable time for me, because no matter how hard I tried, or my husband tried, I wasn’t happy.
  • Reward Yourself – Self-care shouldn’t only be about rewarding yourself but it is a great way to get started. It could help you to get some much-needed work done and help you get the care you need. Maybe you know you need to exercise but it’s not something that you really enjoy doing. Start rewarding yourself for doing it so that you get an immediate benefit for anything that will only provide long-term results. For example, did you do your exercise every day for a month? Schedule a facial or massage to reward yourself.  Just don’t reward a good workout with a coffee and a donut on the way home.  No we aren’t going to talk about that now.
  • Try Meditation – Meditation is a great way to clear your mind and help you relax. The goal is to focus on breathing and nothing else. Studies show that meditation and prayer help cut down on stress and improve memory.
  • Take Alone Time – Self-care doesn’t have to be about going and spending a bunch of money or doing exciting activities. Sometimes people just need alone time. Take time away from children and coworkers so that you can rejuvenate and focus on your own thoughts.  I spend a night without my little guy for the first time ever this week.  It was hard.  I was a mess.  Once I got myself together, I enjoyed the night.  I chose together some work done on the computer, you would be amazed at how much you can accomplish when you’re not sharing your keyboard with a 2 year old.  I slept well for the first time in 2 and a half years.  No joke.  No one eye and one ear open, I just slept and it was glorious.
  • Spend Time with Friends and Family – Schedule some time with friends and family. Go out to dinner or play board games at their house. Do something different than you usually would do with them also. Make it a date so you have something to look forward to.  People are social beings.  Sometimes we lock ourselves in the house and decide we just want to stay home.  Yup, been there too.  The problem is, even if you’re choosing to stay home, it’s easy for your home to become your prison.
  • Buy Something – Go buy a new outfit, a pair of hiking boots or a coffee at Starbucks. Add it to your budget so you don’t go overboard. It’s okay to splurge every now and then if it makes you feel good and isn’t completely unhealthy.  Set aside some money in your budget and do it.  Speaking of a budget, taking the time to set one can make your entire month less stressful.

 

Self-care can be simple. All you need to do is figure out what is best for you and do it. One thing that might help you decide what to do is to write down the goals that you have for yourself so that you can ensure that the things you do lead you towards meeting those goals.  Did any of these stand out to you?  Drop me a comment and let me know!

 

 

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