Self care is something thats so very important. I haven’t always been great at focusing on my self care, but when I do, I can definitely tell the difference !!
You owe yourself the love that you so freely give to other peopleAlexandra Elle
The following are some self care tips that I’ve used and love, along with some that I wan to try.
- read a book
- whether it’s the Bible, fiction, personal development, a mystery, or whatever floats your boat, reading helps engage and grow your mind. 😉
- gratitude list
- write out a list of the things for which you’re grateful for.
- inspiring podcast
- find a podcast, audio book, or even youtube videos or a documentary that will motivate you.
- move your body
- run, jog, do some yoga, lift weights. just get some blood flowing !!
- fix yourself a meal
- not everyone enjoys cooking or baking, but if you do, make yourself something!!! and it’s ok to treat yo self. 😉
- disconnect for a bit
- log off of social media for a period of time, and just focus on your surroundings.
- listen to music
- whether its Jesus jams, some empowering songs, or throwbacks, turn it up!! (and maybe dance it out, too. 🙂
- make a list of compliments for yourself
- It’s good to remind ourselves every once in awhile why we’re so amazing and what makes us unique to the rest of the world
- go on a road trip
- if you have the time and money, get away for a day or two, explore a place you’ve never been, or visit a friend.
- try something new
- whether it’s a new Starbucks drink, taking a yoga class, or baking a new recipe, do something you haven’t.
- pick up a new hobby
- for me, it’s painting. it doesn’t matter if you’re good at it or not. maybe start boxing or skate boarding. just think of something that you’re interested in and set time aside to practice it.
- get creative
- try calligraphy or drawing, maybe even painting. just be creative.
- get good sleep
- this is probably my biggest struggle, but also very necessary. I definitely notice a difference when I do get enough sleep.
- drink plenty of water
- this benefits you way more than you probably realize, and its a necessity for your health.
- make a vision board
- it always helps to have something to aspire to. get a big piece of paper or poster board, some magazines, and markers, and get your goals on paper. hang your vision board in your room and be reminded of your dreams everyday. motivate yourself to live your best life.
Self care sounds nice, but can sometimes be difficult to actually stick with. Maybe you feel selfish taking time out of your busy schedule for yourself, you don’t think you will really benefit from these activities, or you have just put your own care very low on your priority list. Just remember that if you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of others.
It’s okay to be busy or put others before yourself, but it is also necessary to set time aside to focus on you.
I made myself a weekly self care checklist. You can do the same! Keep yourself accountable and at the end of the week, reflect on your overall mental state. Did you feel overwhelmed? Was it a good week? Relate that to the amount and type of self care you completed. If the week went well, was it because you took care of yourself? We’re all unique! Take time to assess how well you are caring for yourself and what’s working best for you.