While being essential in our daily routines, self-care often falls to the wayside when you’re busy, overloaded and tired. Ironically, these are often the moments in which we need it the most.
Self-care shouldn’t be draining - it should be the perfect way to fill up your cup again. Neither should self-care fall to the bottom of our to-do lists (if it makes it on at all). Here are our 5 quick tips regarding self-care!
1. Prioritise Self Care:
Our rule is, ‘prioritise self-care as you would prioritise an important meeting or event’. Plan for it, work around it and most importantly don’t let other people walk over it. We recommend linking in your daily self-care into your morning and evening routines, this way, it’s less likely to get trampled on by unplanned events which usually pop up in the middle of your day.
2. Personalise Self Care:
Never feel as if your own self-care has to fit into the stereotypical box of candles and lavender infused baths (although we’d take them in a heartbeat). My personal self-care often comes in the form of planning my week, cleaning my areas or doing a hair mask (even if I’m still working while it soaks). Make your self-care work for you in whatever form required.
3. Get Social:
Invite other people to join in on your self-care activities, but only if they bring more joy to the experience - rather than drain from it. Have a pamper night with your daughter, or invite a friend on a hike with you. You’ll feel like you’re multitasking and you’ll also be inviting socialisation and more joy to the party too. If socialisation IS your self-care, then go grocery shopping with a friend and make a mundane task a whole lot more rewarding.
4. Let Go of the Guilt:
Never feel guilty for giving yourself time for you. Especially considering that self-care is something that MUST be prioritised, don’t feel afraid to say no to someone if they try to impact of the time you specifically dedicate for yourself. There is enough time in the day to reschedule, so trust yourself and you’ll gradually get even more efficient at making it all work if you start practising now! So often I see people impact on their own self-care time because they’re afraid they won’t be able to get it done otherwise. Go with the flow, empower yourself to make it work and go with it. Self-care makes you a better you and keeps you in tune with your true self and what you really need. Think of it this way, you’re doing everyone a favour by looking after yourself because it helps you look after others better!
5. Create a Plan:
Plan ahead! If you can see a bad day coming up in the future (perhaps due to that meeting you’ve been dreading), make sure that you have a plan of how to bring yourself back to earth after a stressful day. Gradually, after experimenting with different forms of self-care, you’ll begin to realise what truly works for you. Bring these activities into action after a bad day and you’ll be able to relax and reward yourself for making it through more efficiently than ever. Forget the rants after a long day, just give yourself a little me time and you’ll be able to pick yourself up and move on far more quickly.
Most importantly, add your favourite self-care activities to your Happy List. Check out our blog post here all about how to write your own happy list - a collated list of things that bring you joy which you can fall back on whenever you need a ‘pick-me-up’.
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