As are all things in health, self-care is bio-individual. I hope you find strategies that you choose to implement, but I am happy to share mine for some inspiration for you all.
- Practice breathing – deep belly breathing, counting my breath, and especially 4-7-8 breaths are the most beneficial for me. When I do this, I like to do this in the morning and evening.
- Journaling – writing down my thoughts from the day or week, noting the goals I accomplished or am setting for myself, double checking my to-do list.
- Noting a gratitude list – One thing I’ve been trying to do lately is keeping a gratitude page in my journal in which I write the things I’m grateful for throughout the day and especially at the end of the day. I’ve found this helps me keep a positive outlook when I do this consistently.
- Meal prepping and cooking – I feel so connected with myself when I cook my own meals. It’s an outlet for my creativity and gives me a way in which I can directly influence how to nourish my body via my food.
- Call a loved one when we are both free – I am especially close with my parents and am one of those weird people who still loves talking on the phone. When I am on the way to work, gym, etc. I usually take the time to call my mom or dad. I can vent, see how they are doing, get guidance, whatever I or they need at the time. Admittedly, I speak to my mom and dad on the phone daily, and also have calls with my boyfriend after we get off work despite seeing each other in person daily as well.
- Planning my budget – yes this is still self-care. It is frustrating, boring, and can be stressful. Ultimately, though, it eliminates a lot of stress in my life by planning my finances and reviewing them throughout the month.
- Getting a massage/facial – This is pretty stereotypical, but I love doing this. I recently won a free membership to a local spa, and I find it so nice to spend a few hours being selfish and only being concerned with how I am feeling and taking care of my skin.
Maybe this will spark some inspiration in you for your self-care practice. I am a work in progress and do not do all these things as much as I should. I find that my self-care ebbs and flows, sometimes I keep up with it all very well, and other times I let life get in the way and I don’t do it so much. Awareness is the most important part, knowing that I can and should go back to it to be proactive in my health and take care of myself.