This year I’m making a conscious effort to dedicate more time to self-care. If you’re anything like me then life, work, the fact time seems to be zooming by, and all our other commitments, all get in the way of self-care. I ended 2018 feeling like I didn’t have enough hours in the day. I was always feeling tired and catching every cold going.
What does self-care mean to you?
A big part of self-care for me is using it as something to make me feel happy and less-stressed. Self-care encompasses so many different areas, including both the mind and the body. By doing something every day to focus on the mind, it’s giving your brain the opportunity just to stop thinking about everything and focus on the now. If we do something every day to focus on our body, we have more energy, more nutrients, which will, in turn, improve your overall wellbeing.
What areas do you want to focus on?
I love a relaxing bubble bath, preferably with a bath bomb or lots of bubbles. I’ve started to eat better too. We have been focusing more on meal prepping and batch cooking. No more rushing to Sainsbury’s on the way home from work for a ready meal or a sneaky pizza. Unless it’s planned, of course!
I also want to focus on mindfulness. I found reading Ruby Wax’s Frazzled a really useful guide. There are loads of apps, such as 3 Minute Mindfulness, if you fancy trying it and aren’t sure you have the time to commit.
Just listen to yourself and you will be able to figure out what you need in that moment. Sometimes, it might just be a chat to a friend. Other times, you may need to disconnect completely. Or even better, go for a workout or yoga session. Yoga with Adriene is brill if you can’t get to a class.
Here are some things you might want to incorporate into your daily routine:
Get your mindset ready.
There is little point scheduling in time for self-care if you spend the entire time worrying that you have something else to do. For me, a massive part of self-care is getting myself organised. I can get myself into all sorts of disorganised chaos by not organising my time properly. If I feel disorganised, I start to feel overwhelmed and nothing gets done. Then my anxiety starts going into overdrive.
I’ve spent the past few days creating colour-coded ‘to-do’ lists, and doing things that will save me time like meal prepping. Now, I can see a bit more clearly what I have to do and where I have time to fit in self-care. I also find that journaling helps me to ‘download’ my thoughts, as I use it as a ‘brain dump’.
Get your space ready.
Similar to getting your mindset ready, your space needs to be too. You want your space to feel as calming and relaxing as possible. Otherwise, you won’t be focused on self-care if you’re too busy thinking the place is a mess. Next thing you know you’ve spent the next two hours tidying!
Have a look around. Do you need to declutter? Do you need to organise your belongings? I love Marie Kondo. If you haven’t read it, I would recommend her book ’The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up’. She also has a new series called ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’ on Netflix. I LOVE IT!
Also, think about your phone. Can you have a digital detox? Switch off and unnecessary distractions and switch your phone to silent.
Setting up a self-care routine.
Schedule “me time”. Block out time in your calendar. Experiment by taking say 20 minutes per day to focus on your mind and another 20 minutes for body. It’s a small amount of time that can easily be built upon. That way you can see what works for you.
It is important once you’ve created your self-care routine that you dedicate the specified time to it. Routine is important so that it becomes a habit. If something is a habit, we are more likely to do it.
“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” John C. Maxwell
What does your self-care routine look like?
I’d love to hear down below.
Lots of love,