If you asked me 4 years ago what I like to do for self-care, I would have said I don’t do anything because I’m not selfish. So it’s no surprise that taking care of me fell down on the priority list. So what changed for me? One simple quote, “When you respect yourself, you respect your body.” A lightbulb went off.
As a result of making time for self-care activities, you feel happier and more positive which allows you to have a more positive reaction to your spouse, kids or boss. When you’re taking care of yourself you can give more to the ones you love. Period. Taking time out to care for yourself can remind others that you and your needs are important, too. Having a well-cared-for body can make you feel good about yourself and your life, this contributes to a feeling of well-being.
Here’s some simple things you can do that shouldn’t burden your spouse and don’t cost a ton of money so there is literally NO excuses for you to not be doing at least one of them regularly.
1. Take a nap.
3. Take a bubble bath.
4. Read a book.
5. Do a homemade face or hair mask.
6. Have a ‘duvet day’.
7. Call a friend.
8. Break out the adult colouring books!
9. Take a walk in nature.
10. Get a manicure.
Make a list of all the things you love to do including things or activities you have been wanting to do for a while and MAKE TIME for them. I try to do something once a week for myself but you do what works for you. Depending on your personality self-care will look different, maybe you just need time alone, or maybe you need time with friends or maybe you need a relaxing activity like a massage. Whatever it is, just DO it! Others will thank you for taking care of yourself.
So tell me, do you do self-care? Why or why not? How has that impacted your marriage? What types of things do you like to do for self-care?