Simple Self Care Tips And Ideas
Welcome back to part two of my self care series. This post discusses self care tips and ideas for how to make time and get started, as it can be overwhelming to break it down and know where to start.
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 all around healthy -mentally, physically and emotionally.
Here are some tips and ideas on where to begin.
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. This may mean setting your alarm a few minutes early so you can take some time before the kids wake up. When you get things out of the way you’ll feel accomplished and awesome.
Schedule Self Care – As parents, we are busier than ever! The way to approach self care is to schedule right into your day. Schedule that haircut or massage. Plan a short phone call with friends or family during nap time or your break at work. Schedule lunch with friends. 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 – 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 can help cut down on stress and improve memory.
Take Alone Time – Self care doesn’t have to be about going and spending a bunch of money or doing exciting activities. Sometimes people just need alone time. Try to take time away from your children or coworkers so that you can rejuvenate and focus on your own thoughts. You could have your partner watch the kids while you go out for a quick walk or at work take a break alone.
Spend Time with Friends and Family – Schedule some time with friends and family. Go out to dinner or play board games at their house. Do something different than you usually would do with them also. Make it a date and put it on the calendar so you have something to look forward to.
Buy Something – Go buy a new outfit, a pair of shoes, or a coffee at Starbucks. Add it to your budget so you don’t go overboard. It’s okay to splurge every now and then if it makes you feel good and isn’t completely unhealthy.
Self care can be simple.
All you need to do is figure out what is best for you and do it. One thing that might help you decide what to do is to write down goals that you have for yourself so that you can try to plan the things you do to help you work towards meeting those goals.
I hope that these tips and ideas have been helpful. The next few posts in this series will be sharing even more self care tips and ideas. What tips do you have that have helped with starting a self care routine? Share int he comments below!