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 thrive in situations such as a bubble bath and wine, others practice self-care by simply going on a walk each day, or writing in a journal at night, and 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 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!
So let’s start by formulating a self-care routine, shall we?
As I mentioned above, the way you practice doesn’t have to look like anyone else. 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
Have a date night
Go to the gym at least three times
Face mask and bubble bath
Take one full day off of work and spend time with family or alone
Have morning coffee with my husband
Read for at least thirty minutes
Drink plenty of water
Turn off screens an hour before bed
Listen to instrumental music
Take off all my makeup before bed