The Art of Practicing Self-Care
What is self-care? It is defined as care which is provided by oneself, for oneself, in an effort to treat yourself as kindly as you treat others. I laugh at the thought. I am a working, traveling mom who recently relocated my life and home…and can’t imagine the thought of taking time to practice self-care. Like many women, very rarely do I ever take care of myself.
I pause to think about that statement. I have an “ah-ha!” moment.
Find ‘Me’ Time
Why not? I take care of everyone and everything else! What about me? I need to make more time for myself…no…I will make more time for myself. The headaches, the stress, the sleepless nights, the tired look- it is all expired. I truly want to feel better, to be less stressed, and to be healthier. This must be a long-term goal. This is a commitment for a lifestyle change.
From this day forward, I vow to make it my mission to practice more self-care. The wheels begin turning thinking of ways to practice this new found revelation. Big tasks and small mementos come to mind. I will start small. What about you?
Here are a few ways to practice self-care at home:
- Grab a notepad and write 5 sentences that are compliments from you, to you. Post them in an area where you can read them every day. Change up the list every week.
- Eat lunch outside and keep your phone at your desk. Soak up the sound of the wind and birds.
- Indulge in a bath, skip the shower. Invest in a good quality essential oil or bath care product that makes you feel good.
- Ever tried sleeping with a white noise machine playing? My son has one to help him sleep- why don’t I!?
- Invest in yourself. Schedule an appointment for a monthly or quarterly massage and stick to it! If budget is an issue, ask about small sampler services. Find a spa that offers a tension relief foot treatment or de-stressing eye treatment. (Relaxation at a lower cost!)
- Plan a lunch date with yourself. Order whatever you want. Have that glass of wine or those two desserts.
- Drink flavored water. I have an herb garden, and I hardly make use of it; today I am going to make a basil lemon water. Try unexpected pairings and you might find a new favorite. Yum!
- Take a nap. Refresh your mind and soul with a cat nap. If you aren’t a “napper”, try laying down with an eye mask on and soothing music just to relax and close your eyes.
- Schedule a 30-minute appointment with yourself each day or every other day. Try: meditation, a hobby, watching your favorite tv show.
- Do some yoga. If you have never tried yoga, search the web for free videos or just do some gentle stretching.
If you are trying to find yourself again, want to feel better or just want a quiet moment, be sure to schedule yourself time for some self-care. Take care of you, every single day.
I started with a list of 5 sentences that are compliments from me, to me, and posted it on my desk. Here is my list to myself: