‘Self Care’ has become a new buzz word in the world of health and wellness. It’s not enough to just be eating your veggies, drinking those eight glasses of water, fitting in that cardio and getting enough sleep each night. You need to be taking care of yourself on a deeper level. You need to make sure you are nurturing yourself not only physically, but emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
A lot of people think of self care as indulgent trips to the spa and long bubble baths — while yes those definitely count as self care, it is more about creating time, space and energy to give yourself the love and attention you deserve.
Here are 5 tips on how to take your self care to the next level and create a renewed sense of balance:
1. Do it for yourself
Self care rituals are for you. Yes, it’s true that you need to take care of yourself to be able to care for others, but don’t let that be your reasoning for taking time for yourself. It is okay to practice self care solely to cultivate your own happiness. It’s about choosing you – recognizing your own worth and putting yourself first. You will be amazed by how empowering that can be.
2. Make it a daily practice
Self care isn’t just for those times when you are mega stressed out and you need a little extra TLC. It is something you need to practice everyday. Some days you will have the luxury of devoting more time to yourself. Other days you will need to make it a point to prioritize yourself and fit in some form of self care. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant. It can be as simple as taking a moment to watch the sunrise or sunset; lighting some candles or using essential oils to awaken your senses and elevate your space into a sanctuary; or connecting with a loved one — anything that helps transform your daily routine into a sacred ritual.
3. Do what works for you
There is no set formula for self care- this is not a one size fits all kind of deal. If yoga and meditation aren’t your thing; don’t dedicate your time to downward dogs and mantras. Experiment with a range of activities and discover what resonates with you. It can be reading a great book just for fun, journaling, cooking a delicious meal, painting, dipping into a bubble bath, working out, enjoying a cozy cup of tea, lighting incense, listening to music or going for a walk out in nature – do whatever you heart desires, whatever brings you peace and relaxation and makes you feel renewed.
4. Work it into your existing schedule
The most daunting thing about self care can be the thought of having to find time to set aside in your busy schedule. Instead of approaching it that way, take a good look at your current schedule and be honest with yourself about where you can realistically fit in some self care practices. You can start with small acts that don’t take up too much time, but are a quick way to recharge your batteries. The more you start to make these practices a habit, the more mindful you will be with your time. Miraculously, your schedule will begin to open up and more time and space will become available to you.
5. Begin right now
That’s right, your self care journey beings now. You just took the time to read this article, so you might as well take at least a few more minutes for yourself and go do something, anything that nourishes your body and soul.