Creating A Self-Care Routine That Works For You
Setting aside time for yourself can make a huge difference in your physical, emotional and mental health. But sometimes, your self-care routine may not be so caring after all. Which is why it's important to make time for yourself without the rigid time limits to do so.
Here are some ideas to make time for yourself without it feeling like a chore:
Do things you actually want to. If yoga isn't your thing, you likely won't stick with it. Ask yourself what makes you feel like the best version of you. Then, what are some small ways you can build those routines into your life.
Prioritize sleep and proper nutrition. Self-care doesn't have to involve some drastic change to your daily routine. It can be as simple as making sure you get enough sleep so that you feel focused and energized. It can also mean sticking to a regular eating routine to stabilize your body and make it feel nourished.
Focus on the present. When you're doing something you enjoy, try to stay as connected to the experience as possible. Be mindful and pay close attention to what's happening in that moment. Learn how to take pleasure in self-care activities without worrying about what you have to do when they're over.
Make the most of your morning. Mornings tend to be a great time to get things done because the day's work or life stressors have yet to strike. Take this time and spend 15-20 minutes doing something fun for yourself.
Take care of yourself. The purpose of a self-care routine is to make sure our bodies are nourished and whole. How can you show up for your other responsibilities and give your all without taking care of your mind and body? Make yourself a priority and you just may find that you have more time, energy, and brain power to do all those other things on your to-do list.