Now, the self-care craze began this year, but it’s not a fad. More and more women are coming to realize that they have to start taking better care of themselves in order to be the best for themselves, those around them, and all of the tasks that they have to do. Last week we covered the importance of establishing a self-care routine. Today, I am giving you my three steps to building a successful self-care routine.
What is self-care?
Self-care is any intentional practice or activity you do to maintain or improve your physical, mental and or emotional health.
How is a self-care routine developed?
- Establishing a Routine.
Well, we all know that a routine is something we repeat multiple times over a period of time. I encourage everyone to establish this routine once a week. Pick a day that you generally don’t have to be bogged down in tasks. Most of the time that is a Saturday or Sunday depending on how your week flows. For me, it’s Sunday as you have probably already figured out.
- Decide on What Your Routine Will Include.
Now, spend some time thinking about where you are depleted or where you need to improve your physical, mental and or emotional health. That could be as simple as 30 minutes of exercise, meditation, or reading on a subject of healing for emotional balance. Below you will find a more detailed list of what you can incorporate into your routine.
Physical examples can include:
- Preparing healthy meals for the day or entire week.
- Physical activity keeps us vibrant and strong. It releases all of those good endorphins that create good vibes.
- Create an in-home spa day. Set the mood for relaxation by lighting some candles, pouring a nice glass of wine or hot tea, put on some nice tunes, apply a face mask, run a hot bath and let relaxation set in.
- Go to a spa. If you don’t want to lift a finger, then go and enjoy a spa day with your girls or alone. You can’t go wrong either way.
- PLAY! Yes, you heard me correctly. Life shouldn’t always be so serious. Find something playful to do like kickball, hiking, zip lining, an outdoor festival with music and sunshine, etc. You’ll be amazed how good you’ll feel.
Mental and emotional health go hand in hand. Some examples are:
- This one is awesome, but can be hard when you are new to it. I have chosen to use the Headspace App, which helps with developing a meditation routine. You will need a quiet uninterrupted space where you can create your own relaxed ambiance, then let the meditation begin.
- Get a good book and a healthy snack and renew your mind by reading something entertaining or uplifting.
- This is an opportunity for you to purge all of those thoughts and emotions from the week and gain perspective. This can be a very therapeutic experience and I highly recommend it.
- Rest/Sleep. The average adult does not get enough sleep. Take some time to just sleep. Catch up on that much-needed rest, which is sure to re-energize you.
- Declutter Your Space. Our space is a direct reflection of our life. If our minds and spirits are cluttered, it reflects in our space. Clean your room, bathroom, closets, and even common areas. Wash the dishes and make sure your space invites a spirit of serenity. You will feel the freedom in the air.
- When we give to others, we take the focus off all the things that we have going on with us and project positive vibes onto others. This, in turn, comes back to us in a positive way. It’s called The Law of Sowing and Reaping.
- Remove Distractions.
The most important step is that you carve out the time to do it and DON’T let anyone or anything deter you from that. Remove all the distractions. This means turning off your phone, no social media; yes I said it. NO SOCIAL MEDIA. Lol! We give all of our time away to everything and everyone all week, so this is our time and no one else’s. Revel in this time because you need this time to renew, recharge, and re-center in order to prepare for the week ahead.
I have placed links to some of my favorite YouTube videos about self-care routines for you below, so enjoy building your routine, then come back and let me know how it is going.