This post was originally published in 2019. It has been updated with new stock images and my current thoughts on self-care and what my intentional routine looks like.
Ah, the infamous self-care, otherwise known as “bubble baths and wine” because life is hard. But it’s so much more than just a trend!
I think it’s important to first acknowledge that self-care is different for every person. While some may prefer a bubble bath and wine, others practice self-care by simply going on a walk each day, or writing in a journal at night. Some may be slightly more extravagant, taking on true Donna and Tom form (from Parks & Recreation) and seriously treating themselves.
However you take care of yourself, know that this is way more than just a trend. Our bodies and our minds are so important and we need to tend to them the same way we would our job, our children, our dedication to the environment, etc. You’ll never be able to give 100% to anything else if you have only 5% left of your personal battery. So don’t scoff when you see another article about self-care. Take some time to determine what suits you and your lifestyle best so you can feel truly great more often!
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So let’s start by formulating a self-care routine, shall we?
As I mentioned above, the way you practice self-care doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s routine. In fact, one of the things that’s most challenging for me is that so many of the self-care posts I read mention “getting up earlier.” Unfortunately, because of my chronic illness, that’s physically impossible for me. Waking up is a challenge in-and-of itself, let alone actually getting out of bed within an hour of the time I’ve opened my eyes. Self-care for me, personally, means taking my mornings slow – and starting them later than the average working woman.
That doesn’t mean I don’t have a routine. I do, and I try to stick with it, because that’s another part of self-care: doing what makes YOU feel good on a regular basis. Of course you should still hop outside your comfort zone every now and again, but stepping back inside it to recharge isn’t wrong. Start by prioritizing self-care on a monthly basis, then work your way down to weekly and daily. See my example below.
Cultivating an Intentional Self-Care Routine (breakdown)
Determine one new skill or hobby to cultivate
Face mask and bubble bath
Have morning coffee with my husband
Drink plenty of water
Turn off screens an hour before bed
Take off all my makeup before bed