Everyone seems to be talking about self-care nowadays but do we really understand what it really means?
I used to have a wrong idea of what self-care is. I thought it meant taking bubble baths (which I’m actually not a big fan of), lighting candles and treating yourself to a spa day. But then everyone started talking about it and I realized that self-care is a lot more complex than that.
Self-care is everything you do to nurture your mind and body. Yes, it might be taking a long bubble bath, but also going to your favorite restaurant or taking the time to practice a hobby you love. And doing it mindfully.
Self-care can be something different for everyone.
For me, it can be writing in my gratitude journal every night before bed, spending some time alone, or buying myself some flowers. It’s all the little things you do to treat yourself. It’s about knowing yourself and what you appreciate. Taking five minutes to do something you love might be exactly what you need to in order to go through a stressful and overwhelming day.
Mental health is as important as physical health. Listen to your mind and know when it needs to rest. We rush through life without taking the time to actually live in the present or count our blessings.
Do you ever schedule time for yourself?
I don’t. I tell myself I’m too busy for that and I’ll do it later. The truth is, I’m not that busy.
We often have the misconception that self-care takes a lot of time and effort when in reality it can only take five minutes. When we give that excuse, is probably when we needed it the most.
It is important to slow down, notice how you’re feeling, and do something for yourself.
We often feel guilty or selfish for taking the time to ourselves but the truth is that before we can help others, we need to help ourselves first.
Make self-care a daily habit.
Incorporate little self-care habits into your daily life by paying attention to your mind and body. Take time today to do something you love. Read a book, dance around the house to your favorite song, eat ice cream while binge-watching your favorite tv-show, go to the movies by yourself or with someone you love, treat yourself to something on your wishlist. Take five minutes and go do something that makes you happy.
Self-care is also about recognizing our strengths and embracing our weaknesses. It is about being authentic and present. It is about being gentle and taking care of yourself. Daily.
31 small ways to practice self-care.
With that in mind, I came up with 31 self-care ideas. Most of these are quite simple, things we can do daily in no more than five minutes. Make sure to schedule some time for self-care throughout the day and I promise you, you will notice the difference it makes in your wellbeing.
Of course, this is my version of self-care. Keep in mind that it is not the same for everyone. You have to find what works for you and I challenge you to create your own list of 31 ways to practice self-care and go do them.
*When I write this type of blog posts, I’m mostly writing it for myself. Then, if my words inspire any of you to show more acts of kindness towards yourself, I’m more than happy.
What is your version of self-care?