I am a big advocate of practising self-care and make sure I do it daily – in fact, I have blocked out time on my calendar for it – you know the saying; if it’s not scheduled – it’s not happening!
Self-care is a simple equation, but we often deny ourselves the pleasure of feeling good. The reasons we do this are numerous: too expensive, not enough time, too much to do, it won’t help, etc. I am here to tell you that self-care doesn’t have to be extravagant – but if you care for your body, it will respond.
1. Take 10. Or maybe a whole hour.
2. Let yourself sleep in.
3. Try a new treatment.
4. Plan mini “me moments” all month long.
In between the work commitments, friend outings, and family stuff, be sure to reserve some time for you. I recommend actually putting it on your calendar – reserving the space will ensure that your precious “me time” doesn’t get deprioritized.
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5. Try an art class.
Working creatively with your hands turns on a different section of your brain than what you’re used to, especially for those of us who are computer-bound. Tapping into your inner artist can be deeply healing and a potent reminder to take time to do the things you love.
6. Declutter your beauty bag/drawer/cabinet.
First, put all of the things you use every day together and set them aside. Then, go through what’s left. Is it expired? Does the colour still work for you? Was there a reason you stopped using it? Be ruthless and don’t kid yourself or rationalise keeping anything you don’t really need.
7. Plan a vacation or retreat.
With some prep and planning, this can be a very cost-effective way to shake up your routine, bond with friends and family, and spend time outdoors. Your retreat can even be a day or weekend trip within driving distance, but it’s important to make time to connect with nature once in a while to stay grounded and disconnect from the buzz of technology for a period of time. Maybe it’s as simple as watching the sunset somewhere pretty or getting up to see the sunrise before your day begins.
I love a good twice-weekly face mask, but this is all to say that there’s more to self-care than that: It’s exploration, real rest, and bringing yourself into a change of scenery.