If you feel like you’re too busy for self care, you need it more than ever.
You know when you’re on an airplane and the emergency instructions say to put on your oxygen mask before helping others? That is exactly how we should be treating self care, ensuring that we have what we need to be able to effectively help others and ourselves.
Yet self care is often the first thing we drop when things start to get busy or difficult. We let ourselves forget how rewarding it is to take time for the things that make us happy, relaxed or stable.
Everyone has different needs in their life, so every self care routine is unique to the soul that it is nourishing. The trick is being able to sit down and identify what it is that you need, physically mentally and spiritually. These three major pillars of self care can be used to build a simple routine that will incorporate a little body mind and spirit recovery every day.
Physical self care isn't just about exercising.
It’s also about diet and quality of sleep or screen time on your strained eyes. Your body is a working machine and it just won't work right if you are not giving it the proper fuel and maintenance.
- Drink more water, duh. Being hydrated helps your skin look better and your mind work sharper! We are mostly made of water, stop acting like a raisin.
- Pick an earlier bedtime (and actually go to bed.) You may need darker curtains for this to work, and you will definitely needs to put your phone further from your bed than usual, but you will feel the benefits of proper rest within a few days.
- Limit the number of times you eat out. Make yourself a goal for the month or week and make the rest of your meals at home. Find simple healthy recipes online, put on some music and dance your way through better eating.
- Exercise, run bike yoga whatever just get your blood pumping every once and awhile.
Mental self care is often ignored in our busy lives.
We put so much strain on our minds with constant information and decision overload, and we rarely give it a moment to recover.
- Getting creative will take your mind away from the hundreds of ongoing thoughts and focuses your brain on making! The act of creating can release endorphins and reduce stress.
- Meditation can help to clear your mind and set your intentions for the day. Start with twice a week and add more where you can make time!
- Spend time with friends (outside of work) is an important part of our social connection building. Even if you are shy or introverted, make some time to be around the good people in your life.
- Power down. We live very rushed busy lives and when we do relax it is to consume hours of visual or scrolling content. Take an evening or a few hours away from electronics and read or meditate or draw or just think.
- Decluttering your living space can do wonders for your mental state.
Spiritual self care is an important part of how you connect with others and with yourself.
Expressing your spirituality may come through prayer or through the actions and how your perceive the world around you.
- Making a daily or frequent habit of acknowledging the things that you are grateful for can increase long term well-being.
- Connecting with nature and spending time outdoors rejuvenates and relieves stress.
- Taking the time to understand how you define the values that you live by can help to create clarity in your future decisions and divisions.