If you’re anything like me, self-care is a concept that sounds really good, but may be slightly more difficult to actually implement. We lead busy and often productive lives, but time for ourselves seems harder and harder to come by.
Not taking care of yourself is, in the end, counterproductive, because when your body, your mind, your emotions or all three experience fatigue…well, let’s just say that sometimes life will “sit you down” if you don’t take time to care for yourself and recharge your batteries.
Self-care doesn’t need to take a lot of time, nor does it need to cost a lot of money. Setting the intention to take better care of yourself can be easy – implementation can be harder, but it CAN BE DONE.
Most of us will not deny that life is way too busy. There are so many causes that need our time and attention, work can be demanding, and if you run a business of your own as I do, you know how many things work their way onto the ever-expanding to-do list we all run by.
Life can get so very busy, that you may feel like you don’t have (or can’t make) time to take care of yourself. In order to embrace all that life has to offer, and avoid missing out on important ways that you can love who and what you see in the mirror, move self-care to the top of your list.
The rituals you practice to take care of your mind, body and soul can be soothing to every aspect of who you are and contribute to the potential to feel contentment and joy in everything you do.
Review these self-care rituals to remind yourself how important you are, and how easy it can be to take better care of yourself. Then, revive some of your own familiar practices or add new ones that soothe you from the list below.
- Practice soothing, healthful skin care. Regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman, your skin needs all the help it can get. After all, skin protects you 24/7.
Morning and evening, clean, tone and moisturize your face with products designed to work together instead of whatever happens to be in the bathroom.
Apply lotion to your body at least once a day to protect your skin from excessive dryness and keep it flexible.
- Exercising relieves your stress and rejuvenates both your mind and body.
Even if you just exercise 15 minutes twice a day (morning and evening), getting the physical activity your body craves will revive your mood and enrich your life profoundly.
Try a 10-minute walk to give your mind a rest or lift your spirits. Whether you choose a brisk pace or a slow saunter to admire the landscape, consider it a gift to yourself to go for a brief stroll.
- Re-acquaint yourself with the magic and exhilaration that nature provides. Nothing relaxes and nurtures us like getting outdoors.
Find time to sit on your porch to watch the birds and the world go by – early morning or evening can be wonderful for this, as can lunchtime if you work near a park or other green space.
Take a few minutes to care for a flower garden – this can even be a desktop or counter top garden.
- Shower daily. Bathing is one of the top self-soothing moments of your day. By adjusting one or two things about your shower, it can become a relaxing ritual you can look forward to.
Rather than rush through your shower every morning and evening, take the time to soothe yourself by using a luscious soap or that new loofah sponge or bath puff.
Light scented candles, put on relaxing music, and take the time to fully enjoy them in the bath.
- Take time to do the one thing you really love to do. There’s something so delicious and special about having the time and space to do whatever it is that you get excited about.
Maybe you’ve got an insatiable love of reading, but struggle to find the time to read with working and family tasks tugging at you. Or perhaps you like to sew or work with wood. No matter what your beloved activity, figure out a way to make it happen.
Even if it’s every other day or once a week, an important part of self-care is doing what makes your heart sing.
- Stay in touch with your feelings. You may think this sounds somewhat cliché. But the truth is that if you’re honest with yourself about how you feel, you’ll have more peace and contentment inside.
Living your life based on your real feelings will bring comfort and joy to your soul. It can be a challenge to be truthful with yourself and others about how you feel. But if you do, the rewards are great.
Engaging in activities and rituals that soothe you deep inside enriches your day-to-day existence. A regular practice of self-care also demonstrates that you truly recognize your own worth. Discover a deeply satisfying life through practicing soul-soothing, self-care rituals.