Self-care is something super important to me and I try to make self-care a regular part of my weekly routine for sanity and well-being. Often times, with the busy lives we lead, we are so busy taking care of everyone else, we forget to take care of ourselves. However, with September being Self-Care Awareness month, I wanted to provide you with a variety ways to practice self-care because it is SUPER important to take care of yourself.
Self-care involves more than bathing and practicing good hygiene. Self-care involves regularly doing activities that help create a positive attitude and good energy. Taking time out for yourself is essential to maintaining self-worth and self-love. Practicing self-care also helps prevent burnout, reduce stress or even worse, a nervous breakdown. I’ve suffered from burnout and depression before, so self-care is very important to me. Here are 15 ways to practice self-care:
1. EXERCISE 2-3 TIMES PER WEEK
Exercise boosts a person’s self-esteem and increases energy levels. Has there ever been a time where you didn’t want to work out, but you pushed yourself to get through it. How great did you feel afterward? That’s because working out also increase endorphins. And who couldn’t use a little more happiness?
2. POSITIVE THINKING
Negative energy alters our mood and our ability to function fully. Energy is contagious, so surround yourself with positive thoughts and positive people. Amazing things happen when you distance yourself from the negativity.
3. ALONE TIME
A little alone time is good for the soul. Not only do you get to do something that you want to do, but this time also allows you to be productive, creative or just clear your mind and emotionally recharge.
I didn’t appreciate naps as a child, but as an adult I love them. A power nap can sometimes be all you need to revive your energy. On days where you are feeling extremely sluggish, why not hop in the bed and get some extra sleep?
Writing is therapeutic for the soul. When I don’t feel like talking to anyone, I grab my journal and just get all my thoughts, fears and emotions out on paper.
6. BUBBLE BATH/HOT SHOWER
After a long day, a bubble bath is great to just sit in and relax. I also love to take hot showers. I swear I am cut off from the world when I’m in the shower. No cares in the world, no stresses, just me and my shower.
Sometimes you just need to release those emotions and have a good cry.
8. A MASSAGE
Who doesn’t love a good massage? Massages relax you and just put you in a mellow, no-cares-in-the-world mood.
9. UNPLUG FOR AN HOUR A DAY
It can be hard to unplug for an hour but try it. Sometimes unplugging from the world, even if it’s only for an hour, is good for the soul.
10. LISTEN TO SOUL-TOUCHING MUSIC
Music, melodies, and lyrics can speak to your soul. Music can be used for uplifting your mood.
11. PRIVATE DANCE PARTY
Dancing increases your endorphins, making you feel great and happier all around. Although, you will RARELY catch me dancing in public, when I’m home alone, I love to have my own private dance parties, especially when I’m cooking.
12. NAPS/POWER NAPS
Naps can refresh you and give you that little bit of rest you need to make it through the day. I am #teamNaps ALL the way. I didn’t appreciate them when I was 5, but I definitely appreciate them now. If only I could talk my job into creating a nap room…
13. READ A GOOD BOOK
I like reading the bible or snuggling up with a good novel. Reading scriptures helps put my mind at ease or give me hope and novels totally distract me because I get caught up in the story I’m reading.
Baking is therapeutic (to me anyway). Plus when your baked good are done, you have something yummy to eat.
15. CREATE ART/COLORING/PAINT
Creating artwork has been known to reduce stress levels. Create something. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece. Maybe you want to scribble on a paper or splash paint everywhere. Do something that inspires you or lets you release crazy energy.
Therapy is another example of self-care. People are often afraid or embarrassed to seek a therapist, but having a trained professional listen to your thoughts and help you work through anything that may be troubling you, is ultimately good for the soul. You can find out more about private, online therapy here.
What’s your favorite self-care activity?