Chances are part of your daily routine already consists of a few positive self-care habits and you may not even realize it. Do you take a daily multivitamin? Read a daily devotional or practice another meditation technique to get your mind, body and spirit aligned for the day?
Congratulations! You’re already on your way to creating a productive self-care habit!
Anything beneficial that you do for yourself could be considered a self-care tactic. The problem is, we don’t take enough time to participate in consistent self-care routines, or even take intentional notice of the ones we already employ.
Somehow our priority lists include everyone but ourselves.
But if you really think about it, by neglecting self-care you also neglect the others that depend on you – if you can’t put your best foot forward, and your tank is empty, how can you be there for the loved ones, friends and family who need you?
First of all, we need to dump the idea that self-care is indulgent and selfish. When you purchase something new that means a lot to you, you probably pay special attention to taking proper care of it so it will last and remain in the best shape possible.
We need to shift the way we think and start taking better care of ourselves.
Certainly, proper nutrition and exercise, along with enough quality sleep, are at the top of the list.
But what are we feeding our souls? Our minds? It’s important to plan and actively implement a daily self-care routine; it’s just like performing routine maintenance on a vehicle.
If you don’t take care of the little signs of normal wear and tear, it eventually turns into bigger and more costly issues. Self-care can be the difference between constantly feeling exhausted and overwhelmed to feeling refreshed and revived.
When referring to a self-care “routine,” it doesn’t necessarily mean the same thing, day in and day out. That might work for some, but others feel the monotony and get bored. If you need to switch things up, go for it. This is all about you taking care of you.
No one else can dictate how to be serve your own needs. You are the only one in control of your self-care habits and routine.
Let’s take a look at some suggestions to help you jumpstart daily self-care habits that will stick!
Any of these can be completed in 10 minutes or less.
These self-care habits can be done while on the go. Time is an issue for many of us, but these ideas make it virtually impossible to use “time” as an excuse when it comes to self-care.
Pampering yourself isn’t just for aesthetics; it’s part of self-care. It feels good on the inside when our toes are painted, and our feet don’t snag the sheets. Personal grooming doesn’t have to be a big to-do either.
It takes a few minutes to pluck away at some stray eyebrows or wax that upper lip. Check out a video tutorial on quick hairstyles and try a new one out. Up-dress for the day, just because it feels good to feel beautiful!
Don’t let self-care be intimidating or allow time constraints to fool you into thinking self-care habits are impossible. Again, you should be a top priority or nothing else is going to get your best efforts.
It’s a domino effect and the sooner we start taking better care of ourselves, inside and out, the sooner we will enjoy richer, fuller lives with more zest and zeal.