When you think of self-care do you only think of bubble baths, mani/pedis and vegging out in front of the TV with a bag of chips? Well, don’t feel alone because that’s what most people do, myself included when they first think of the term. Life is hectic and these can be our go-to indulgences to escape for a minute or twenty. That is if we can even find the time to escape. However, if we start to look at self-care differently and build it into our daily routines, we may not feel the need to escape as often.
Self-care should be about our body, mind, and soul. In other words, we should be taking time out to take care of each part of our well-being. Any time you start a new health regiment it is a great idea to talk it over with your therapist and your doctor so that you are getting optimal results. Next, you can break down what you are lacking in each of the categories and find something you can fit into your daily routine that will help you stay focused to feel better. For example, for mind, if you find yourself unorganized, try planning your day the night before. Next, for body, if you find yourself always eating out, try meal prepping. Lastly, for soul, you can set time aside every day to write in your journal. These simple tasks do not interrupt your entire day and when incorporated regularly, can make you feel better overall. Below you will find more tips that you can add to your daily routine.
1. Get Moving in the Morning – Even if you don’t feel like exercising, try giving your body a good stretch in the morning to get your blood flowing and your muscles loose.
2. Limit screen Time – This goes for computer, tv, cell phone, and any other screen you can think of to watch. Try limiting yourself to an hour of unnecessary screen time a day and do another activity instead like reading a book, playing a board game, or spending quality time with family or friends.
3. Take A Break – During the day we may find ourselves waiting on our lunch hour that seems to never come. Try taking a bathroom break to freshen yourself up and get your body moving. You can also take this time to get your mind right by saying some affirmations and refocusing on a goal you have.
4. Meal Prep – You can meal prep nightly or for the week. Whichever you choose, this is a great way to eat healthily without scrambling at the last minute for something to eat. It’s also cost effective.
5. Time Out to Connect – Whether it is meditating in the morning, saying prayers at night, or giving thanks all day long, set aside a time to connect your soul to something bigger than yourself. You can nourish your soul with Bible study, chanting, praise and worship during your commute or any other set time and set activity.
6. Do things that you Love! – Whether it’s incorporating a weekly dance class, making a nightly phone call to someone special, or taking care of your skin make sure you are adding things that you make you love you!
These tips are only here to get you started. If you need more ideas, check out this video https://youtu.be/UjAaEjB61U4. As stated above, look at the three categories of mind, body, and soul and figure out what you need from each. Then find a way to add them to your daily routine. Remember, this is not about perfection, some days you won’t feel like following your routine, but at least you will have it in place when you do have the energy to do it. So be kind and gentle with yourself and happy self-care!
By, Garcsa Brooks
Olive Branch Counseling Associates, Inc.
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