What is Self-Care? Self-care is a very broad term and can honestly mean anything. Self-care can be described by each person differently. 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.
Self-Care Tips and Ideas that Will Inspire You 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.
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.
Schedule Self-Care Today people are more productive than ever (or at least trying to be). But, they are also distracted. The best course of action is to schedule the things you want to do for self-care. Schedule that haircut or massage. Make time for a short phone call with friends or family during your break at work. Schedule lunch with friends. Block out time for it like any other important meeting or appointment. Plus, if you write it down you’re more likely to do it.
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.
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.
Try Meditation and Affirmations 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. My girl Val over at Thoughtful Neighbor has a great post about Breathing Meditation. She gives some awesome tips, especially if you're a beginner. And the great part is that it only takes 5 minutes of your day!! Sign up to receive 132 Affirmations for Depression and Anxiety.