Are you wanting to take a step back from your busy life and find some time for yourself ? I will show you how you are important and deserve time for care and attention & why its essential to your wellbeing to practice self care. This post will offer some inspiring self care tips and practical advice & help you identify exactly what it is you need to relax and find calm in your hectic day-to-day life.
The post is designed to inspire you and give you new ideas and choices because if your anything like the “Old me” where you burn the midnight hour and put your family/kids/career ahead of you until your absolutely exhausted then read on as I will show you that this is counter intuitive because, if you actually practice some self care you will actually have more energy & more to give in all areas of your life.
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What is Self-Care?
Self-care involves taking care of yourself so that you can be physically, mentally, and emotionally well. Put simply, it means doing things for yourself that feel nourishing and its benefits have been linked to higher self-esteem, reduced stress, improved immune system, and increased productivity.
Self-care can be something that is calming and relaxing, something that you need to get done, or something that is physical, spiritual or practical. Therefore, it will not look the same for everyone. It’s essentially about listening to your body and mind and deciding what it is you need at that moment in time.
So, how do you get started with a self-care routine?
Well, to get started you can:
First think of activities that bring you joy and restore your energy. Start by choosing one practice you’d like to incorporate into your routine in the following week and reflect on how this makes you feel. When you’re ready, add in additional activities.
Here is a example of what a daily self-care routine could look like:
-Write in a journal.
-Spend five minutes paying attention to your breath and setting your intentions for the day.
-Eat a healthy breakfast.
-Reflect on what you’re grateful for each night.
-Turn off your phone for a half hour each night.
-Call a friend for a chat.
-Enjoy doing a hobby.
-Create a bedtime routine.
The Benefits of Self-Care
Self-Care is essential for your well-being but also has other benefits too
- Helps you to cope: Self-care helps you to cope in the present moment when you’re feeling overwhelmed or challenged. It helps you remain calm and purposeful when dealing with obstacles or difficulties.
- Gives you a toolkit: Self-care can work as a toolkit when you need help after periods of stress or change in your life. Having a set of tools can help to restore and calm you.
- Boosts physical health: Self-care can improve your physical health. Taking time for yourself and spending time being relaxed can improve your energy levels for physical activity and can prevent chronic stress from damaging your health.
- Makes you more productive: Self-Care will help you become more productive. By slowing down you’ll be able to focus on what is actually important. As a result, you’ll become more intentional with your time and therefore more productive.
Tips for Self-Care
The way that you incorporate self-care into your day may look very different to another person’s self-care routine. Essentially, it is a personal choice and involves listening to your own body and understanding exactly what it is you need. There are many different ways to focus on self-care including eating healthily, getting enough good quality sleep, pampering activities, spending time with friends and family, and scheduling leisure and hobby time into your day.
You might like to include some meditation and relaxation exercises into your morning or evening routine. Deep breathing and meditation are effective ways to relieve stress and develop a sense of calm. Simply grab 5 minutes a day in a quiet place, and notice how meditation can help to resolve conflict and troublesome feelings.
Another great self-care activity is to write in a journal daily. As you write, you will clarify your thoughts and feelings and with a clear mind you’ll gain a sense of perspective. You’ll feel more peace and joy, less stress as well as getting to know yourself better. It can be a very powerful tool to help you understand what is going on inside your mind and body.
Self-care doesn’t have to take up a lot of time or be stressful. Simply make sure that you make time to do things you love and that make you feel good. You’ll be so happy you started a self-care practice!
Get Some Sleep
This is one of the most essential self care tips.
Your bedtime routine should be a quiet and relaxing time. Here are some ideas to you might like to try.
Firstly, switch off all electronic devices an hour before going to sleep.
Next try a simple relaxation exercise or meditation before bed to calm your busy mind and reduce worry, stress or anxiety that might keep you awake.
You might like to read, perhaps with a relaxing drink, or listen to calming music until you start to feel sleepy.
If you lie in bed thinking about important tasks you need to remember to do the next day, try writing these down before going to bed.
Aim to make your bedtime routine a quiet and relaxing time with these simple but effective ideas. Before you know it, you’ll be nodding-off and dreaming.
How To Say No
Do you feel the pressure to say yes to everything? Swamped with the requests from family, friends, work, do you find it difficult to say no? This is another essential self care tip
Saying yes to fulfil other people’s needs can lead to you neglecting your own. Saying yes all the time can lead to mental and physical exhaustion.
So, how can you learn to say no?
Saying no is an essential skill for self-care. It simply means that you’re prioritizing your own needs and caring for yourself. Here are some tips for how you can say no.
Firstly, set your personal boundaries. Decide the things, events, or requests you are not willing to do. Once you have this cemented in your mind, it will make saying no a bit easier.
Secondly, when someone asks you to do something, take your time in answering.
Consider what is being asked and how it will impact you and your life. Then, when you’re ready, you can answer yes or no truthfully.
Finally, be firm when saying no and don’t feel the need to explain. You don’t have to give lengthy explanations or apologize.
As soon as you focus on your own needs and put yourself first, you’ll become better at saying no.
How to Make Time for Self-Care
Do you have time for self-care? Or are you too busy? Do you feel guilty to make time for yourself?
Unfortunately, many people consider being busy as normal
Even though we feel exhausted, we feel pride at being someone who can handle anything life throws at us and our days are filled with activities and events …many of which are tasks we don’t actually want to do.
At the end of every day we wonder why we are so exhausted.
On top of this, the loved ones in our lives need so much from us. Children, partners, family and friends all make demands on our time.
However, we don’t have to live this way. Make time for self-care in your day, follow these tips and you’ll be less overwhelmed and exhausted.
So how do you make time for self-care in your busy day? Well, you can start by decluttering your life. It’s probable that you have too much on your schedule, even if you think you can manage. Try removing the activities that aren’t important and essential and quit multi-tasking.
With the space you’ve created in your schedule you should now be able to slow down and stop rushing from one thing to the next. Get into the habit of taking a pause and try to be more intentional with your energy and time.
I hope that these self care tips and techniques included in these pages have helped you in some way. Remember to grab my Self Care Guidebook: How to Look after Yourself Mindfully
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