Imagine if you actually stopped and took a few minutes each day to do something you love and that feeds your soul. The impact that a few moments can make on your life and well-being is massive. We all spend so much time stressing over work, deadlines, bills, relationships, and just about everything else going on in the world the we create unseen damage to ourselves. I feel very strongly that self-care is essential to the well-being of the mind, body, and soul. I believe that each and every single one of us needs a regular self care routine. Self care is not selfish, it is meant to refuel and revive us both mentally and physically.
I have a daily/nightly self-care routine that I call my ‘ritual’. It mostly occurs in the evening before bed. I always turn on some music and light a candle before anything else. I think that the atmosphere is essential for me personally to get into my zone of giving some attention and care back to myself at the end of a long day. I like to have a glass of water or some hot tea during my ritual. My next step is always my skin care routine. I will do my normal routine and a few times a week I like to use a mask just to pamper myself a little. After my skincare routine is done I will write or read in bed. I find that writing/reading really helps me to unwind and relax before bed. I always use essential oils before bed and snuggle with my dog. Self-care is whatever you want it to be, as long as it brings you a sense of happiness and fulfillment.
Self-care routines are extremely personal and will vary on the person. So it is crucial that you reflect on what it is that brings you joy and peace within yourself. The act of self-care is more than just indulgent pampering. It is a lifelong process of healing by participating in activities that help to decrease stress and increase strength . If you are unsure of where to start, here are a few ideas to help you create your own self care routine:
- Yoga/Meditation: Yoga is a total mind-body workout that utilizes stretching, breathing, and meditation combined. There’s a reason yoga has been around for more than 5,000 years.
- Journaling: Sometimes something as simple as writing down your feelings/thoughts can be so relaxing and healing to the mind.
- Exercise: Don’t just think of physical exercise as a way to lose weight or get in shape; think of it as a way to unwind and focus on your well-being.
- Unplug for an hour: Most of us are connected to the internet via our phones, computers, tablets, etc. What if we turned it all off for an hour in the middle of the day or when you get home from work. Cook dinner and spend time with your family without the distractions of social media.
Whichever route you choose, realize that you deserve to take time to yourself. This is most important if we you intend to be of service to others, including family, co-workers, and members of the community. We are all human and need to restore our mental and physical energy levels.
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