5 Tips for Self Care

Currently, I am writing this blog post to remind myself how important self care is! If I can tell other people to do it, then I must to practice it myself. And this past week and a half I have been going non stop – so it is time for some rejuvenation!

Often, I think we wait to practice self care until it is absolutely needed – like pull your hair out, falling asleep at your desk needed. But in order for us to practice Mindful Living we need to recognize self care should be a part of our daily routine. We romanticize self care, even day dream about it! (My perfect day would be getting a facial, a mani/pedi, having several fruity drinks while lounging by the pool and then having a date night with my boo. ) Suddenly, we put it on a pedestal and it becomes unobtainable. Well I’m here to tell you its not! Here are 5 ways to integrate self-care into your daily routine.

  1. Find a moment of peace before your day starts – Even if it just a minute – find a breath and set an intention for the day. Give yourself permission to breathe before you rush around getting your day started.
  2. Take a walk during your day – I love working on a college campus, when I can take a walk during the day there is always so much to see.  It clears my head and helps me get away from my desk. I find that when I come back to my office I am much more focused in my work.
  3. Do something creative – Doodle, rearrange your office, write a thank you note, take a picture. Do anything to get your brain going in a different way.
  4. Enjoy your lunch – Sometimes I forget to even taste my food as I am rushing from meetings, scarfing down something I grabbed at the dining hall. Try and savor what your are eating, enjoy the flavors and slow down during lunch. We all deserve that break in the day!
  5. Unplug – We have tried no screen Wednesdays at my house. It was really difficult at first, but not having the digital presence has become a sanctuary. Grayson will paint, I will read and we listen to records. We even play board games – like who does that anymore. I have found we connect and actually talk on a deeper level.

Remember, self care is a divine responsibility!

 

I would love to hear your self care suggestions and what you do for self care!

 

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16 thoughts on “5 Tips for Self Care

  1. Love all these tips! I always go to bed thinking I’ll take a few minutes for myself in the morning, and then the morning rolls around way too early and that doesn’t happen. I think it would make a huge difference though.

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  2. I do lots of different little things throughout the day but my faves are when I do all out and do facial scrubs, pedicures, that sort of pampering. Nice post. Take some time for YOU today! 🙂

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  3. Love this! No screen Wednesday is a great idea, Bran and I may have to start implementing. Thanks for the reminder that we should always take care of ourselves and not wait until we are run down.

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  4. I love these tips. I walk to and from work and like to listen to podcasts. I try to focus on ones that help me to learn something about myself and it helps me feel productive while also unwinding from the day.

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  5. Such great ideas! I just started school this week and realized how awesome it has been to just have some alone time to think! It really makes you find peace within yourself when you take the time to care for yourself… especially being the woman of the house! thanks for sharing!

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  6. Great tips! As a stay-at-home-mom, it can be HARD to take time for self-care. But I agree that it is so very important. When I take some time away (usually for a few hours on my husband’s day off each week), I always come back energized and ready to tackle the rest of the day/week/etc. I also am blessed enough to have a husband that understands that this is my job and each year I take a Mom-cation. This past January I spent 3 weeks in London, alone, and it was amazing. Just having the time to remember who I am, was worth every moment!

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  7. No Screen Wednesdays is an excellent idea. I’m sure its hard, but will be worth it. As far as self care, I’m a super busy person. But I make sure I schedule my monthly appointment at Massage Envy for two hours of ultimate relaxation… Its wonderful.. We have to take care of ourselves.

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