Self-care is a very broad term and can honestly mean anything. Self-care means something different to each individual person.
To one person it can be about doing something fun and exciting but to another person, it’s about being quiet and fully relaxed in the moment, or a combination of both.
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. Here are 8 self-care tips to get you started!
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.
Today people are more productive than ever. Society has the misconception that in order to be productive you have to be in action.
The truth is some of the most productive thoughts and ideas happen in stillness and moments of self-care.
We run our lives on autopilot, distracted by social media, technology, and television. If we don’t set time aside for self-care it will not happen.
Create some nonnegotiable time that is just for YOU to relax and unwind. Schedule that haircut or massage. Schedule lunch with friends. Roll out your mat and take a class. If you write it down you’re more likely to do it.
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’re 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.
I suggest making a list of all the things you do daily and look at where you can lighten your load either by delegating to someone else or rethinking some of the commitments that take time but don’t bring you joy.
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.
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.
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. Make it a date so you have something to look forward to.
Go buy a new outfit, a cool pair of yoga pants or a healthy lunch with a friend.
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.
Self-care can be simple.
All you need to do is figure out what’s 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.