“Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others. ” – Christopher Germer
Hey lovelies! I’ve been thinking about how busy life can be for so many people and for myself lately. Between working on projects, dealing with bosses, running errands, passing classes, or taking care of families, there is very little time to take care of ourselves. The constant to do list can leave you feeling worn out, anxious, and unhappy. Self care is so important because it helps to put life back into perspective. You begin to come back to the realization that there is more to life than the eat, sleep, repeat cycle, and you can start to fully engage in your life again. Occasionally taking a step back from your responsibilities is vitally important. You can only put out so much energy until you eventually run out of it! You have to take the space to recharge from time to time and so I want to share my top 5 tips for self-care with you. You can start placing these activities into your daily or weekly routine at your own pace. I have also created a free self-care printable for you to download to help you keep track of your progress, as well as a list of self-care activities to give a try!
1.Eat healthy and exercise.
Maintaining good physical health is the best defense against stress! Wellness isn’t just about doing things that make you happy. It is also about taking care of your body and mind. Exercise is known to release feel good chemicals in your brain to help stabilize negative feelings that you might experience when you’re dealing with stress. Eating lots of fresh fruit and veggies, drinking water, and getting rest will help you to rejuvenate your body and mind as well, and you will be amazed at how good you will feel after a few days of eating healthy and working up a good sweat in the gym!
2. Create a self-care plan.
Being ready for difficult situations makes it easier to handle them rather than trying to take them on suddenly. This is why I’m such a huge fan of creating a self-care plan. The cool thing about a self-care plan is that you are tailoring it completely to your own personality, and it will perfectly meet your needs. Remember, self-care is about engaging in activities that make you happy. The downloadable Self-Care Checklist can help you begin to build your personal self-care plan. When you use it, check off and write down the activities that you enjoyed the most. Take notes on how you felt after doing the activities and whenever you find yourself feeling down from life stress, start engaging with your self-care plan. Set some time aside and do at least one thing on your list, whether it is taking a warm bath, or jumping into bed and reading your favorite book. Whatever you come up with, love yourself enough to give yourself the space to feel better by creating a plan and using it when you need it.
3. Start A Journal
Writing is a good way to release all of your negative emotions. We all need a safe private place to put our innermost feelings and thoughts where we won’t be judged for them. This also helps to track your progress in the future. When you can look back to see how far you have come in coping with life stress, its gives you a great sense of accomplishment to see that you have not only reached your self-care goals, but you have exceeded them!
Do something exhilarating, try something that you’ve never done before, and put yourself out there. While it may seem counterintuitive to do when you aren’t feeling your best, you will be pleasantly surprised at how great you will feel afterwards. The hustle and bustle of the modern life cycle leaves very little room for anything outside of your routine. You will be amazed at how invigorated you will feel when you step outside of our comfort zone. Whether its going skydiving, picking up a hobby that you’ve always wanted to try, or maybe just getting in front of a crowd and doing karaoke, you will open up some really good feelings when you get out there and live life to its fullest.
5. Take a Digital Detox
Social media is a huge part of everyone’s life these days, and it is very hard not to open your Snapchat notification, or reply to that text message right away. Trust me I understand, but sometimes it is necessary to take some time away from your phone. Digital detoxing gives you the chance to truly be present with your friends and family, or with yourself. Reconnect with your friends face to face. Invite them over and have a girls night, or go out together and have lunch. If you want to spend some healthy time alone, turn off your phone for an hour and focus on doing something that makes you happy. If you can’t go phone free for too long, try to make an effort to be present when you’re hanging out with your loved ones and not open your phone until you part ways, or try to commit to an hour of digital detox if you’re flying solo. It will be well worth it to truly reconnect and spend quality time with the people who you love or by yourself!
What are some of your self-care practices? Do you have a self-care routine? Share them with me! I’d love to add some tips to my list!