One of the first things you might ask yourself is where to start when it comes to self-care. When I started my journey, I was annoyed that it seems like grooming yourself was considered self-care, especially if you have children. Mom can’t even take a shower without calling it self-care? I’m not here for this nonsense.
Step 1: Create space in your day
Before we take care of ourselves, we need to create time to do so. Start by creating a pocket of 30 minutes somewhere within your day. It can be lunch break or some quiet evening time to yourself. If you have too many previous commitments, start by not adding any more commitments. Than, stop saying yes to everything that comes your way. Saying no is a muscle that can be built.
Step 2: Don’t make self-care about productivity
Your self-care practice does not need to be a productive time of day. Remember, self-care can help you be more productive but the act of taking care of yourself should never be looked at from the lens of production. Take time to rest. Take care of your body’s needs first. Most of us are so overworked that we are programmed to feel guilty about taking a nap. Even if you can’t fully snooze, close your eyes for a few moments. It helps you rest even a little.
Step 3: Do what makes your soul feel happy
Once your body gets the rest that it deserves, make time to do something else that makes you happy. This could be a nice soak in the bathtub with a special bath bomb, or painting on canvas. Creative outlets can be the refreshment our souls need. I also recommend doing things that will make your life easier in the long run such as setting up autopay and having your groceries delivered.
Here you have it. 3 steps to start your very own self-care journey. If you need more self-care ideas, get the guide for over 100 ideas to keep it fresh.