Self care is important because if we aren’t taking care of ourselves, we won’t be able to take care of others. As a mom I know that I have to take care of my daughter and our household but I can’t do those if I’m feeling stressed and worn out. Self care means doing the things that I know make me feel better and the things that I enjoy.
What is self care?
According to Psychcentral.com “Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health.”
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How to create a daily self care routine
1 . Figure out what self care is for you
What do you do that makes you feel at your best? This could be taking supplements, eating a certain way, exercising, resting, getting outside or any number of things.
Think about you personally and what you do that makes you feel your best. This is going to be different for each person.
I feel my best when I take my supplements, drink my water and get out of the house even for 30 minutes. These are my basic self care needs.
Now look at what calms you or makes you feel happy? This could be dancing, reading, taking a bath, doing your nails, watching YouTube videos or anything that makes you happy.
For me that’s taking a bath and watching YouTube videos or reading. These are your self care desires. Things that you might not need everyday but still need to keep you happy and feeling your best.
Check out this post for some self care ideas that don’t cost money!
2 . Make a list of those things
Make a list of those things you just thought of. Make a list of what you want to do daily and what you want to do weekly or monthly for your self care. This will become your daily self care routine.
You can make a list on your phone or a paper list but look at it everyday and do the things that you know make you feel better. The more you do them the more you will get into a routine and not even need your list anymore.
3. Keep a self care journal
You can write in your self care journal weekly and keep track of what you are doing and whether it’s working for you or not. This can help you see if you need to change something in your routine and what that might be.
You can see whether you need more spiritual self care or physical or whatever type it might be.
Remember this routine isn’t set in stone, it’s going to change and that’s what it’s supposed to do. Don’t be afraid to change it up and see if you feel better doing something else as your form of self care.
I’ve made a self care ideas list and a journal page that you can use to help you get started on your daily self care routine.
4. Keep up with your routine
When you are making your routine you want to make sure that it is something that you can stick with. If you are being too unrealistic then you are never going to succeed.
Don’t write down that you want to go on a run everyday when you know you don’t like running. Make sure you are planning to do things that you actually enjoy.
Taking care of yourself doesn’t have to be doing things you don’t like, it needs to be things you enjoy.
What are some of your favorite forms of self care? What does your daily self care routine look like?