Would you like to be more organized and effective at life? Surprisingly, the way to do it is to create a self-care routine. Self care may seem selfish, but if you take time to care for yourself you will definitely have more energy for everything else that demands your attention. Let’s talk about how to create a self-care routine that works for you!
Creating A Self-Care Routine
Why should you worry about self-care? Frankly, if you continually put yourself last on the list, sooner or later the lack of attention will catch up to you. It might leave you stressed, emotionally worn out, or even physically sick. Take care of yourself each day–that’s the best way to ensure you’ll continue to be there for everyone else.
Connect To Your Body
One way to get better at this is to listen to your body! Start eating only when you’re actually hungry, and stop when you’re satisfied. If your energy lags in the afternoon, allow yourself a 10-20 minute power nap. When your body signals that it’s time to go to bed, don’t push that feeling away by continuing to read or watch tv. Learn how to listen to your body and the little clues it gives you throughout the day.
Get Some Exercise Each Morning
Exercise really is one the most important things you can do for yourself. Not only does it improve your health, it also improves your mood. But don’t feel like you need to have a gym membership, or that you have to workout for an hour for it to count. At least 20 minutes of moving your body counts, and there are lots of ways to do it! Go for a walk, dance around the house, or take up yoga.
Write Your Feelings In A Journal
Don’t talk yourself out of your feelings or make yourself feel guilty for having whatever feelings you have. Allow yourself to feel to what you feel, and write those things down if it helps you. Admitting your feelings to yourself means that your mind is able to process them and move past them in healthier ways.
Allow Yourself A Few Minutes Each Day To Just Be, With No Electronics!
This can mean time to meditate or time to listen to calming music. Whatever quiet activity you enjoy most, allow yourself the time to do it every day. These minutes must be yours and yours alone, to decompress and de-stress. Whatever time of day you need this most is the best time to do it.
Finally, don’t forget to cut out the things that aren’t contributing to your livelihood or overall sense of well-being. Learning how to say no when necessary is an important part of self-care!