Developing a Self-Care Plan You Will Actually Stick To | Mind, Body & Soul
When you think of self-care ideas, what is it that first comes to mind? Is it #selfcaresunday, taking long bubble baths and putting on face masks? We reduced self-care practice to one day a week and to activities of pampering our skin and having an excuse to drink wine in a bath tub. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a day devoted to pampering yourself, but self-care is so much more than that. Self-care is about day-to-day tasks and small rituals that together add up to huge improvements to your wellbeing and general health – physical, emotional and spiritual. Self-care is about taking care of your whole self – your body, but also your mental health. It is about finding healthy ways to deal with stress and negative emotions.
Developing a consistent self-care routine isn’t about reaching a destination, rather enjoying the journey. When we don’t take good care of ourselves, it affects all aspects of our lives – we might feel tired, agitated, like we are always running places, lost in our thoughts, unsatisfied with life in general. It might seem hard to set aside time to take care of ourselves each day, but if we don’t, our well-being will eventually suffer.
The beginning of the self-care journey is the hardest, but there is a trick to making it easier. When you incorporate small and effective day-to-day activities into your life, eventually they become a part of your daily routine, a habit, and you simply do them, without giving them much thought (like whether you have time or willpower to do them). They become something you look forward to – your mind, body and soul feel grateful for it. It stops feeling like a luxury and starts to be a necessity – as it truly is. Wondering where to start in self-care? Keep reading then!
The Essential Guide To Practicing Self-Care Daily | Suitable For Beginners
Whether you already have developed a certain daily routine of taking care of yourself, or you are an absolute beginner, here are 7 self-care basics for mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being:
You can choose your own preferred way of journaling – whether it is a morning gratitude journal (where you write down 3 things you are grateful for every morning), or a reflective journal (every night you write down the things that put a smile on your face that day), or even both.
Consciously being grateful and looking for what brings you joy is an amazing practice of self love. Check out here all the different benefits of praciting journaling.
Morning stretch or workout
Before reaching for the phone, start your day with movement. Whether you prefer something with some cardio or just a morning stretch, moving your body when you get up energizes you and sets you up for a better mood throughout the day.
Mindfulness meditation is my absolute favourite tool in dealing with stress, when feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or when in need of some mind decluttering. Our mind works non-stop and we can often get lost in thought, overwhelmed by emotions those thoughts can bring – and all of this with us barely noticing it. Take a couple of mindful breaths throughout the day. Bring your focus back to the present, on what’s happening right now. Examine how your body feels. When your thoughts take you somewhere else, notice that without judgement, and come back to the present. Notice how you feel after practicing this – I bet you’ll feel better.
Step up your skincare game
Everyday stress and our modern way of living can take a toll on our skin. Nourish it and show it love. It’s not just about your skin looking better, it is about you feeling better by caring for yourself. Wash and clean your face every morning and before bed. Find the skin-care routine that works for you and invest in good skin-care products. Also remember it is not about having a bunch of different products, but the right ones (and applying them in the right order).
Go for a lunchtime walk
Clear your head, get away from the work noise, and boost your energy and concentration throughout the day. This one is mind and body type of self-care, and it is so simple, yet so powerful.
If it is sunny, that is just an additional bonus. You’ll never see me skip a lunchtime walk if it is sunny, it is such an amazing mood booster!
Make time to read
Set aside time for reading each day. It can be just a couple of minutes when you have little time to spare, but stay consistent. As time goes by, you will start to cherish those minutes. Regular reading is an amazing self-improvement technique. Find books that will help you grow and evolve, but also enjoy a simple fiction novel – for the soul. Whatever works for you really.
Have a cup of soothing herbal tea in the evening
I LOVE this one so much. It is a great way to unwind in the evening and get ready for a good night sleep – all you have to be careful of is that you choose a herbal blend that is for relaxing (and not waking up). Whether you drink it curled up with a good book, watching tv, or simply relaxing by the window, you’ll be enjoying some wonderful me-time.
Before There Was Self-Care, There Was Self-Love
Before diving into a self-care routine, the most important thing is to show yourself love and compassion. Embrace self-love, and taking care of yourself comes after that naturally. Be kind to yourself. Take it slow and progress from wherever you are. If some days you forget something or you’re just not in the mood – don’t beat yourself up. Day by day, it’ll come naturally and you will enjoy pampering yourself more and more.
Let me know what you think of the list – would you add or remove something? Do you find this list helpful? How does your routine so far look? What do you want to work on?
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