Does self-care seem like an elusive beast? Something that only “lucky” women have time for, but you certainly don’t?
It certainly doesn’t have to be that way. Even the busiest of us can make self-care a part of our everyday lives. And not only is this something that we can do, it’s something that we should do. If self-care has always seemed like something unattainable or reserved for a special occasion, then you’ve come to the right place. I don’t think self-care should ever be exclusive to a certain set of people or a certain time. Self-care is always acceptable and should always be attainable!
Self-care isn’t selfish. It’s necessary.
Although self-care may sound like work, but it doesn’t have to be. It may sound like something that you can never have, but it doesn’t have to be. Rather, self-care is something that you can make a part of your life no matter how busy you are.
But not matter how much you may want to practice self-care, you have to believe you deserve it. You can have the world’s most beautiful self-care routine planned out, but it won’t do you any good if you feel guilty for acting on it. Self-care isn’t selfish; it’s necessary
If you’re still stuck in the mindset that taking care of yourself, having me-time, and loving yourself are selfish, vain, and superfluous activities, I want you to tell yourself these words:
I deserve to be loved and cared for.
I deserve to love and care for myself.
I have the power to love and care for myself.
Repeat these often and with meaning. Because it’s the absolute truth. Don’t think for a moment that loving and taking care of yourself is selfish. And now you can make it a part of your daily routine!
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Start and End Your Day with Self-Care
Start your day right with an intentional act of self-care. Drink some water peacefully, meditate for 5-10 minutes, or eat your breakfast quietly and slowly. Don’t clutter your mind with emails and texts. Make sure to take care of yourself before you address the needs of others. Try to be mindful and stay in the moment. This time is just for you!
In the evening, add self-care to your nightly routine. After tidying up the home, brushing your teeth, and taking off your makeup, end your evening with something just for you. Indulge in a luxurious night cream once in awhile, practice a full body meditation to relax you, or maybe read a book that you absolutely love. End your day as well as you began it. Go to bed full of self-love then start your day anew!
Set Reminders Throughout the Day
As much as you start and end your day with self-care, it’s also important to continue your self-love throughout the day. Make sure to take breaks now and again to do a little something just for you. You can even set an alarm to remind you throughout the day. If you’re struggling to find me-time throughout the day, be sure to check out these tips! And if you’re having a stressful day, be sure to keep 5 minutes to yourself to breathe, relax, and decompress. It’s better to head into a stressful situation with a clear mind and open heart than to work nonstop and drive yourself into the ground.
Implement a Multidimensional Self-Care Routine
Now, self-care isn’t just about taking hot baths or giving yourself facials. You are a multidimensional person with multidimensional needs. So don’t let your self-care fall short of fulfilling you. Be sure to take care of your whole self by developing a multidimensional self-care routine. Don’t leave yourself empty by merely taking care of your physical self. Maintain self-care on many levels to benefit fully!
Keep a Journal
Writing down your actions will keep you more committed to your self-care habit. I know when I’m logging my food, I always eat healthier. If you keep a journal of your self-care throughout the day and on a daily basis, you’ll remain mindful of your self-care actions. Writing them down will add an additional layer of intention. You can even take the journal a step further and plan your self-care in advance.
Seek the Help and Companionship of Others
They say that having a workout partner helps you maintain your workout habits more than going it alone. Same thing works for self-care! Enlist a buddy to log our self-care activities together. Check in with one another and send reminders to perform your actions of self-care throughout the day. This is especially helpful if you’re still feeling selfish for your self-care. Having a reminder from someone else might be the encouragement you need!
Who would you enlist as your self-care buddy? How else do you maintain self-care on a regular basis? Let us know in the comments below!