It’s easy to neglect taking care of ourselves because we’re busy and overwhelmed. So actually taking time to eat lunch, exercise, and hang out with friends gets pushed to the side. Self care is not a reward, it’s part of a process that we need to incorporate every week or each day. I love the graphic above that breaks down self care ideas into 3 categories: physical,mental, and emotional.
Physical Self Care Ideas
In the physical category, I make sure that I exercise at-least 4 days a week. It’s easy to neglect exercise when I’m overextended because, well, exercise requires time, energy, and often a trip to the shower. I found that finding a workout and gym that I enjoy has helped me get there and having friends that go at the same time as me makes it feel more like I’m catching up with my friends than working out. Of course, no matter how busy or unmotivated I am, sometimes I just have to get up and force myself to go.
I’m also a huge fan of baths! Taking a bath isn’t just about getting clean, it’s also one of the best self care ideas. I love the sensation of sliding into a warm, bubbly tub at the end of a long day, and feeling the cares of the day melt and float away. Everyone has their own preference when it comes to bathing but I prefer to fill mine with Philosphy bubble bath and put on some music.
Mental Self Care Ideas
I wish I was someone that could get into using adult coloring books but I usually just end up more frustrated. To practice mental self care, I like to pick up a new book. It’s a one-person activity that doesn’t involve helping others. Reading for pleasure is a way for me to recharge my batteries. You can head over to my series “Monthly Read Me” to see the books that I recommend.
Emotional Self Care Ideas
Every night before I go to bed, I think back over my day and remember three good things that happened – things that went well, that I enjoyed or were grateful for. These can be small or of bigger importance. Doing this is simple but incredibly powerful. It’s about taking the time to notice the good things in my life.
I’ve also starting drinking the Kool-aid when it comes to yoga. It teaches you that we can’t always be in control. In yoga, we learn to let things go, and that there’s no use in forcing ourselves beyond our ability. It has also taught me how to relax which is so beneficial for the body and mind. One of the most important things that yoga ever taught me was how vital it is to practice self-kindness. And by that I mean to leave my negative, self-critical talk out of the studio and to only bring open-mindedness and self-care in with me. If you haven’t given it a try, it’s a must!
What are some of your favorite self care ideas?