Self-care is a pretty hot topic these days, isn’t it? But that’s a good thing because I think we really need it.
I’ve mentioned in a number of posts that I think we’re a little obsessed with productivity and side hustling – don’t get me wrong, I have a million ideas for potential side hustles and I’m often chasing the productivity dream, but I have also been working on slowing down. In fact, my word intention for the month (I do those, now) is SLOW.
So how do you practice daily self-care in a world where it seems like there just isn’t time for that?
Meet your basic human needs.
Some might argue this isn’t self-care and just survival, but when things like eating and getting a good night of sleep get neglected for the sake of productivity, I think these survival needs have to get promoted to self-care.
Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water every day, eating healthy meals and snacks, and getting those 8 hours of zzz’s. This should be step one in practicing daily self-care.
Live by those hygiene routines.
You know when you’ve been that gross kind of sick where you just lie on the couch for two days? And then you finally find the energy to take a shower and you come out feeling like a whole new person? So, yeah, take a shower. Or take a bath. I know people who swear by baths as part of their self-care practice. But the act of looking after your hygiene is an act of self-care.
Or create a solid mouthcare routine. I live by that brush, floss and mouthwash life and it feels good to know that I’m doing everything in my power to help keep my mouth healthy.
Build a luscious skin care routine for morning and night. It can feel great to pamper yourself either with a simple cleanse, or going full out with a face mask.
Have at least one non-electronic conversation a day.
Social media can make you feel lonely! I know it sounds incredibly counter-intuitive but social media is the biggest oxymoron in existence (I know, even more oxymoronic than jumbo shrimp). So get off your text messaging app, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, whatever you got and get on the telephone, Skype, or – best of all – face to face with a real live human being!
Humans are social creatures and when you deprive yourself of meaningful contact and conversation, it can really weigh on you.
Breathe in the fresh air! Take note of how the breeze feels on your face. Notice how the trees are doing – Are they bare? Are they budding? Are they flourishing with greenery? Go barefoot in the grass. Jump in puddles. Climb a tree. Watch the clouds. Count the stars. Go outside.
Or at the very least, spend some time in a naturally lit space. I’m looking at you, winter people. I don’t want to go outside in 40 below either.
Oliva Newton-John’s “Let’s Get Physical” was a hit for a reason, folks. I have had medical professionals recommend to me to get more cardio in when I’m feeling overly stressed. It releases happy hormones, right?
So ways to get physical: go for a run, turn on your favourite song and dance like a maniac, do your favourite workout at the gym or at home, do some yoga, go for a walk (bonus points if it’s outside and you invite a friend). Just do something!
This has been the hardest one for me. But I am slowly changing my mindset about taking breaks. Instead of thinking, “This is a waste of time! I should be DOING something!”, I’ve started thinking, “This is time well-spent. I am maintaining my health and wellness by taking this break, which takes time.”
Ways to slow down: pause to focus on your breath (my favourite is inhaling for four counts, holding your breath for four counts, exhaling for four counts, and holding your breath for four counts), meditate, read a book, knit, drink a coffee or tea and just sit and think about how delicious your beverage is.
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Daily self-care needs to become a habit in all of our lives, instead of something we’re desperately trying to cram into our day as a last minute activity. I can say, from my experience, it’s hard to build new habits and transition to an inward mindset, but it does slowly change the way you feel and create a more positive life.
I’ve gone ahead and created a free printable with a daily self-care checklist for you to use as you see fit! Just click here.
Do you have any other suggestions for practicing daily self-care? I’d love to hear from you! You can comment below!