I like keeping it simple and when it comes to self-care, it’s as simple as doing what makes you feel good. What makes me feel good and what makes you feel good can be very different. It’s just a matter of deciding what that is for you.
It is of the utmost importance to practice the art of self-care on a regular basis. We live in fast-paced society that demands a lot from us. On top of the imposed expectations, there are those that we put on ourselves. After running ragged from home to work, grocery to the kitchen, and with friends and family when is there time for self-care?
I can’t tell you exactly what you need to do to take care of yourself, but I can give you some ideas on how to get started and easily incorporate small actions that have a big impact. The point of self-care is to treat yourself with the same love and respect that you give others throughout the day. It takes a lot to meet the needs of our families, fulfill our responsibilities at work, and be an otherwise productive member of society. We manage to squeeze out the minimum amount of time required to shower, cook meals, and rest around our demanding work schedules and other responsibilities.
What makes you feel good about yourself? Maybe you wish that you had time for a yoga routine. Give yourself 5 minutes a day. Is the only quiet time you find in your day when you lock yourself in the bathroom? Take an extra 5 minutes and soak in a hot bath with your favorite bath bomb or salt soaks. Pump up your after-shower moisturizing routine with your favorite fragranced body butter. Or you could simply diffuse your favorite essential oils right before bed. Taking care of yourself could simply be making your favorite foods for dinner or knowing that you are truly taking care of your body with a fresh and natural diet.
Treat yourself. A mani/pedi or massage. A new outfit. Drinks with your friends. Just treat yourself and allow yourself to feel good. Feeling good will help combat the stressors of life and allow you to give your best in all you do.
Get started with self-care and increase the time spent on you gradually. Regular self-care practices can help us create new habits. These habits influence how we see the world and interact with it. Self-care specifically can influence the way we see and interact with ourselves. Handle yourself with care and respect and you may find that life becomes a little more pleasant all around.