Why is it so hard for us to take care of ourselves? Outside of basic needs, it’s hard to put time into yourself. Even our basic needs can be hard to meet sometimes. Lately, there has been a huge increase in a desire for self care in our culture and immediate environment. Your mental and physical well-being is important, and so the new focus on self care is the perfect opportunity for you to refocus on taking care of yourself. Not really sure where to start?
Feeding yourself seems like an incredibly simple task, and shouldn’t be included in a post about self care, right? Far too often, we don’t feed ourselves well enough. Coffee for breakfast, or a granola bar for lunch, isn’t feeding yourself. You deserve better than that! Meal prep so you have a week of lunches to bring to work with you. Let yourself take the 10 minute detour on your way to work, and stop and grab a pastry. There’s nothing wrong with indulging, as long as you don’t use it as an excuse to binge. So grab that pastry, and let yourself enjoy it. Don’t eat it while you drive, but pull in and sit in your car in the parking lot for a few minutes while you listen to your favorite podcast, and enjoy that pastry.
Block out time to read a book or watch a show, uninterrupted
How often do you feel guilty while you’re catching up on your favorite tv show? Because there are dishes to be done, or an assignment to be finished, or a plethora of other reasons. You don’t have to feel guilty for slowing down and taking some time for yourself. Block out time to read or watch tv, and don’t let yourself feel guilty for not being “productive”. Taking care of yourself is productive, and so necessary.
Give a little love to your skin
There’s a reason why one of the most popular ways you see to practice self care, is to take care of your skin and pamper yourself a little. A face mask is a great, easy way to give yourself a little “me” time. Or you could go try out new skincare products at your local Sephora, and bring a new product home. Maybe schedule a facial or chemical peel for yourself with a local esthetician. Your skin is often neglected, I know mine is. Washing your face every night, with a skincare routine that you love, can be an amazing way to take care of yourself every single day. Find a way to love your skincare routine, and it will be a therapeutic experience every morning and night.
Find a new way to move
If you have a relatively sedentary life, like if you have a desk job, your body is craving movement and exercise. Exercise really doesn’t have to be a chore. Even if you have to drag yourself to the gym, you always feel so light and amazing after you work out. Focus on that feeling you get after your workout is over, and use that as motivation to get yourself out the door. You don’t have to go to the gym and walk on the treadmill for an hour, that doesn’t sound like fun. Your workouts should be enjoyable, so try out different things until you find what works for you! Try group classes like spin, zumba, or barre. Meet with a personal trainer or friend and try weight lifting together. There are so many ways to enjoy movement, and there really isn’t an excuse to keep doing something you really dread doing. Your body will love you for moving a little, so have fun with it!
Reconnect with a friend
One of our natural instincts, is to desire human connection. Some need more than others in order to truly thrive. If you’ve felt lonely or isolated, reach out to a friend or family member and see if they want to meet up for lunch or coffee sometime this week. Maybe just call someone you miss, and talk to them for a little bit. If you don’t have that human connection, you may find yourself feeling sad and neglected.