I (along with what I’m guessing is the majority of you) make decisions day to day to help others, but not for ourselves. Stop the neglect! You are important. We are important.
Did you know: It’s been proven that self-care makes you more emotionally and physically capable of taking care of others.
Self Care Ideas
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A hot bath – This is my favorite
Moisturizing – Yes!
Go for a walk – Not only does it remove you from stressful situations, but it also gets you out in nature. Breathing in fresh air and noticing your surroundings is therapy in itself. I like going for a walk as I’m limited to exercise right now since my accident back in December. If you’re not limited, try some yoga, or even pick up the pace on your walk to a jog! Exercise is the ultimate form of self-care.
Wash your face – sometimes it’s the activities that we take for granted that can make a difference. Next time you’re washing off your makeup, take some extra time and pay attention to how it feels. Spend an extra minute while you massage your moisturizer in. Make it a spa experience.
Get lost in a book – I’m talking non-fiction. No self-help, no business tips, nothing that gets your brain working to the point of stress. Look for an easy read that you can dive into, bonus points if you’re cozy on the sofa with a blanket and you have a scented candle going nearby.
Window shop – When I feel overwhelmed, I like to go to the local shops and look around. I get lost in imagining a future house with some of the decor items I find or think of some baking I can do with luxury goods in kitchen stores.
Meditate – I have been told that I need to do this, but I have a hard time getting started. It’s on my list of things to work on. Even though it’s difficult for me to get started, it may not be for you. Personally, I’m working towards meditation by sitting in a quiet spot (my bed) and thinking about things I’m grateful for and how I feel in the moment. I really like this app for meditation.
Get a manicure – Take an hour and have a mini mani/
Meal Plan. I truly feel that meal planning is the ultimate act of self care. You’re setting yourself up for success. Learn how I meal plan here.
Learn something new – Whether it’s taking 10 minutes a day to learn guitar, crochet, or woodworking. Learn something new that takes you out of your element. I’m currently learning Spanish with the Duolingo app (the app is free, give it a try).
Journal – Get your feelings out on paper! It doesn’t matter if your stressed, happy, sad – you will feel better when it’s over. Don’t forget to add something you’re grateful for!
List making – This is a huge one for me. When I make to-do lists, it’s an act of self-love. It keeps me focused, organized, and less frazzled. I also see menu planning as an act of self-love. Don’t forget to download my free menu plan.
In addition to list making, I found that using Powersheets and the Simplified Planner makes my life easier, better, and is a big act of self-care for me.
All of these little breaks matter and please remember that you are worth this time. It makes you a better mother, wife, friend, and member of your community.
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