A Beginner's Guide to Self-Care
How have you taken care of yourself over the past 7 days?
I have to admit, I’ve been guilty of going days (and sometimes weeks) without taking a moment to slow down and just breathe. I would work myself into a mental fog and only paused when I realized that my exhaustion made me ineffective at my job.
At some point, this system stopped working for me.
I had to learn that while determination and discipline were necessary to move my business forward, no prize was worth my happiness and mental health
I had to re-discover that there was more to life than my next goal and
I had to start taking care of myself in order to protect my mental health and overall wellbeing.
... In other words, I had to start practicing self-care and I started with the 3 activities that I share with you below.
1. Learn something new
Spend 20 minutes a day on that skill you’ve been itching to learn. In addition to infusing passion into your life, learning something new helps prevent you from falling into a rut.
2. Clean up your nighttime routine
Create a nighttime routine that you genuinely enjoy doing by dedicating the hour before going to bed to unwinding, relaxing, and recharging for the next day. A sneak peek into my personal routine:
A 15-minute foot massage as I watch an episode of the Good Wife
Taking a hot shower
Choosing my outfit for the next day
Cleaning up (because nothing ruins a morning like waking up to a dirty room and walking over to a kitchen full of greasy dishes #amIright?)
3. Journal daily
Journaling helps you identify and release negative emotions that you’ve been carrying around and allows you to relive positive moments that happened throughout your day.
This is one way that I get to work through my emotions and clarify my thoughts without any fear of being judged.
Including these 3 activities into your daily routine works because self care is best done in small and regular doses. It’s better to do little acts of self care throughout your day than to limit yourself to a single grand activity once a month.
Don’t wait until you're on the verge of burning out to begin taking care of yourself.
In addition to feeling more energized, happier, and less stressed, self care is key to living a more balanced life.
Hope that helps!