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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!