At this point, many of us know that practicing a daily self-care routine offers many benefits. Some of these benefits include reduced stress, mental clarity, less muscle tension, and improved productivity. As a mother, wife, businesswoman I completely understand the ease in which we can put ourselves last on our list. Here’s the thing: if you are trying to be the best version of yourself it means taking care of you: mind, body, and soul. I find that many people are overcomplicating self-care. If something is too complicated and adds more items to your to-do list, then chances are you are not going to do it! I want to share with you 3 tips to get you started on establishing a simple daily self-care practice that you can: 1) actually commit to and 2) won’t take up too much of your time.
- Schedule it! If it’s not in your calendar or on your to-do list, you can easily either forget about or convince yourself you don’t really need to do it. I personally write in my calendar what I plan to do for self-care every day. I am also specific with what I want to do. It’s a commitment that I make to myself. I typically schedule a 10-20 minutes a day for my self-care activity on a particular day.
- Find things that you actually like doing! Yoga sounds great but if the idea of yoga doesn’t get you excited and it’s not something you enjoy then again you won’t do it. If reading is more your thing then set time (even 10 minutes) to read a few pages.
- Keep it simple! The simpler the better and the more restorative it can be for you. More importantly easier for you to commit to without having to over think it. If you keep it to simple
In summary, self-care is something we deliberately do to look after ourselves. It’s a way in which we care for our mind, body, and spirit. It doesn’t have to be complicated or extensive. It just has to be intentional. Here are some ideas to get you started: