5 ways to practice self-care daily!
Self-care. It’s a term that gets thrown around fairly often. And, yes most of us know that it’s important. But more often than not it’s something we tell ourselves we’ll get to WHEN. When I’m not so busy. When the house is clean. When I don’t have so much on at work. When I have a sitter for the kids. When, when, when, when, when. Before you know it you’ve when-ed yourself into a state of burn-out and you can’t keep up with any of your commitments, let alone, you know, be in a healthy, happy state of mind. So how do we combat burn-out and practice our self-care?
Let’s dive in!
One of the most powerful and reassuring things I have heard in regards to mindfulness is this:
Mindfulness is something we PRACTICE, not something we simply do.
Meaning, you can’t just sit down, mindfully meditate for 10 minutes, and then suddenly be a master at it. Even people that have been practicing this way of thinking for years still sometimes struggle to stay focused and train their minds to think about the right things. So, don’t be so hard on yourself.
If living mindfully is something you want to implement more of in your life a great way to get started can be to engage in a guided meditation or guided mindfulness session. There are a lot of great apps and services out there now that can help with this! They even categorize your stress! So you can select the session that’s best for you. You can choose family stress, work stress, COVID-19 stress, and more! With varying time-frames for you to work into your busy life. Some of these apps have a small fee. But if that’s not in your budget there are some great free options on you-tube too!
Here are some things I want you to do RIGHT NOW!
- Un-clench your jaw
- Breathe in slowly. Breathe out slowly
- Say something nice to yourself- and mean it!
Mindfulness isn’t just about sitting down and only practicing it at designated points of the day. We should all be striving to live mindfully every moment.
So, be nice to yourself! Push those bad thoughts out of your mind, they’re not doing anything good for you. Savor the taste of that bite of food! And lastly, bring a soft smile to your face.
We are what eat
Ah dam, all those professionals and parents from our childhoods were right! What we put inside our bodies actually matters. When you’re youthful it’s easy to be fooled into thinking that your energy will last forever! Ahh, youth. In some cases, people combat the notion of healthy eating with “well I don’t need to lose weight”. And hey, maybe you don’t, but this isn’t about body image. This is about exercising self-care and giving our bodies what they need!
There are COUNTLESS diets out there, and science seems to be ‘discovering’ the new and best one that is finally actually true! And then before you know it, that way of thinking is replaced with the new, new. It can be so overwhelming to try and keep up with it all. And different things work for different bodies, we’re not a carbon copy of one another.
There are however some things that we can all consider implementing to improve our daily lives, to help with sleep loss, digestive issues, acne, and more!
- Eat less meat- This may mean you cut it out entirely, it may not. The choice is yours. But if you are going to eat meat, do your best to make it free-range organic meats. It’s better for you and for Daisy the Cow.
- Eat less sugar- This one is particularly hard for me. Something I have found helpful is not buying it in my grocery shop. If I really want it I have to go through the effort of making an extra trip to go and get it. Which is actually more expensive- so that’s an extra incentive.
- WATER- If you find yourself drinking more coffee, soda, or alcohol than water in a day. Your body will certainly not thank you.
To show gratitude for your body and all of the opportunities it provides for you, you gotta give it a lil something back. Now, if you’re at the gym 5 days a week- Mate you’re probably good and can skip to the next section…
But, if you’re still reading this, hello my children.
The key to keeping active when you’re not that way inclined is to find your niche. Essentially trick yourself into exercising! Maybe you take up that dance class you’ve always wanted to? Maybe you learn a new skill like kickboxing or martial arts? Maybe you drive yourself out of the city and take a serene hike in nature? And of course, it’s not a bad idea to have a buddy to hold yourself accountable.
Committing to 10 minutes of stretching in the morning and 10 minutes of stretching in the evening, can be a great way to ease into it. And likely you’ll eventually find your body asking for more. Just be sure to get your heart rate up once in a while. And if you’re not into running or strenuous activities there are other, more… amorous ways to do that.
Saying “No” is a strong and empowering act of self-love and self-care.
And no, it absolutely does not mean you are lazy. It means you recognize your self-worth and the importance of setting boundaries. A captain can’t steer a ship if they have just cut off their own arms!
Sadly there are some people in life that will try to take advantage of others in certain situations by asking too much. And other perfectly well-intentioned people that simply may not know the full picture of what is going on in your life. After all, how are they supposed to know if you don’t tell them?
Some tips on saying No…
- Say it- Physically say the words. To your boss, your friend, your spouse, your parents, even yourself.
- Don’t overcommit- Be realistic about what you actually have time for in your days and what you actually want to be spending your time doing.
- Hold firm- You don’t have to explain your choices to anyone.
- Return the ask- The one exception to the point mentioned above is maybe your boss. So if they are asking too much, put the question back on them. Explain to them that you have this, that, and the other to do and that you would need more time to complete the assigned task to a level of quality that is required and ask how they would like you to prioritize your tasks.
Do 1 thing you love, every day
This act of self-care is pretty straight forward. What do you love doing? What makes you happy? What sets your soul on fire? How do you unwind?
Think of this as a gift to yourself. The gift of time. 30 minutes a day, that is all yours. Now it doesn’t have to be the same thing every day, mixing it up is actually a good thing to really treasure those experiences and live mindfully in the moment. This is a personal choice obviously but here are a few ideas to get you thinking…
- Have a bath
- Light a Lavender candle
- Listen to a podcast
- Practice mindfulness
- Bake something
Feeling motivated to put self-care at the forefront of your mind? We hope so!
Let us know in the comments below what your next act of self-care will be...