Lessons in self care

Whether it is a DIY facial, a mani-pedi at your favorite salon or a long bath with tantalizing bath bombs, “me time” activities have evolved into self-care routines. Self-care is one of the latest buzz words but we should do more than just bring hype to #selfcaresunday and #selfcaresaturday. We should actually self-care.

 

Kelsey Patel, a wellness expert and author, says self-care is “really listening to your body, taking moments to check-in, intentionally tuning in to the thoughts going on in your mind, and challenging your behaviors and belief systems if things feel out of alignment in your life.” Going by this, it is safe to say that self-care is more than just a DIY facial or a mani-pedi. It is a holistic approach to your health and wellness. It is being mindful of your surroundings and all the things that affect you in various ways.

 

What I have learned about self-care:

1.    Self-care day can (and should) be any day of the week. You can still do #selfcaresunday and #selfcaresaturday, but understand that self-care can take place any day of the week at any time of the day. When you need some time to yourself, take it.

2.    It’s not just about skincare or a beauty routine. Self-care can be any activity that helps you to rest, re-charge or feel good about yourself. You could read a book, hang out with friends, listen to soothing music, eat your favorite treat, drink hot chocolate by the fireplace, exercise, whatever you enjoy, recharges you and brings you peace of mind can be self-care.

3.    You have to make time for it. Our lives are busy and we are constantly on the move, but self-care doesn’t have to take hours or even an hour. Self-care can be taking a few minutes break from work or your family to be by yourself for yourself.

4.    Self-care is personal and unique to everyone. My self-care routine is different from yours because what works for me may not be the right thing for you, and vice versa. So, regardless of what self-care looks like for you, your spouse, your friend, or whoever, let us just encourage each other to take the time and do it.

 

How do you build a self-care routine?

1.    Do a self-assessment. Think of the things that make you happy or bring you peace. Make a list and these are the things that you will use for your self-care routine.

2.    Look at your life and identify when in your day you can do something from your list. Don’t worry if you can’t do it every day. Slow progress is better than no progress. As long as you make time to do it throughout the week and you keep looking for ways to incorporate self-care daily, you will build the habit.

3.    If it helps, schedule reminders for self-care every day or whenever you have the time. This also helps in building a routine.

4.    Keep at it! Even if you miss a day or mess up, keep going and keep pushing.

 

Looking for self-care ideas? Check out social media for pages like this one to help you on your self-care journey.

Published by K.G.L

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