People seem to be getting the message that everyone needs to take care of themselves so that they can better take care of others, but for some it’s still a bit tricky to fit everything in, and that usually means self-care gets thrown out the window when life gets busy.
It’s something I’ve struggled with in the past and it’s something I’m always working on. However, over the last few months I’ve made some good steps in the right direction so I thought I’d share with you what self-care really looks like in my life currently.
This is the time when I pick a ‘Word of the Year’ for me this year, self-care is going to be huge for me because of my ‘word of the year’ being intentional. I also look back at my past year and see all the fun memories I’ve made, or big improvements I’ve made. This self-reflection is a great way for me to start thinking about what I should be working on in the coming year.
The biggest thing that I’ve done for self-care is my monthly goals. Of course my monthly goals have some self-care built-in such as taking my blood pressure more often or eat more fruit and vegetables, but it’s also a mental reminder to think about what I can do for myself during the month.
One of my favourite things to do is to take a bath on Sunday nights. I know people think they are gross but to me it’s a great way to truly relax before a crazy work week begins. I discovered Lush bath bombs last year and they have been an amazing for my skin during my baths. I’ve also been taking a walk at lunch on Fridays.
For me the most important thing I can do for myself daily for self-care is to wake up 15 minutes before I have to and just take those 15 minutes to sit in the quiet. Most of the times, I’m reading the online news or checking my emails but there’s something about that quiet time that really sets my day on the right foot. When I don’t get that time to myself, it feels like my day goes wrong. Also, something that I never miss is breakfast. I always make sure to have a good breakfast. It helps me be in a good mood from the very beginning of the day.
Since the new year, I’ve also been incorporating daily reading. Sometimes it’s only 15 minutes, sometimes an entire hour. It’s nice to unwind after a stressful day with a good book. It’s something I used to do as a child and teenager but since I’ve been working it’s something I haven’t done regularly.
Going to bed at the same time every night. This one is easy for me, harder for others like The Mister. I go to bed at 9:30 every night. No matter what, sure there’s a few exceptions like a friend’s birthday but even on the weekends I try to go to bed no later than 10 p.m. Some people can sleep in, but I can’t so I know that in order for me to get my 8 hours sleep I have to go to bed by 10 p.m.
Self-care doesn’t have to be big gestures every day if that doesn’t work for you, but incorporating small but important things for you in order to relax and recharge are vital to a happy and healthy life.
So tell me, how do you incorporate self-care into your yearly, monthly, weekly and daily life? What’s the one self-care ritual you have?