Self-Care Basics

Self-care has been all the buzz for a little bit of time now.  I think we all know that self-care is more than just a trip to the spa.  It’s about taking care of yourself from the inside out and tending to our needs on a regular basis. More than just on occasion.  We often tend to overcomplicate things. Imagine that!  Since self-care has been all the talk. There is so much information out there about how we should or should not practice self-care. Am I right?  Do you find yourself a bit confused at times and perhaps trying to craft these elaborate self-care routines?

Something we can easily forget is that keeping things simple is most always the best course to take. Taking it back to the basics, my friends.  The practice of self-care does not have to be some overwhelming somewhat unachievable thing. We just need to simplify things a bit. And as with so many things we do in life, consistency is key.  Whether you are just starting out or maybe you have got it down but want to take things up a notch. Wherever you are, I am sharing with you some ways to simplify self-care.

1. Bring it back to the basics
Instead of making self-care an elaborate and overwhelming practice that takes up to three hours at a time, keep it super simple.  Start with your most basic needs.

Now some of you may think after reading that, “well, I don’t know what my basic needs are.” This is where paying attention to what your mind, body and soul need most.  If you keep those elements of your life in check, the practice of self-care won’t seem so daunting. And it should never feel like a chore.

2. Shift your mindset
How do you currently view/think about self-care?  How important is your overall health and wellness to you?  Wellness is about making healthy choices that improve our physical and mental state.  Self-care is a vehicle that helps us achieve that.

Self-care is about taking care of yourself.  Showing up for yourself. Finding things to help us in staying balanced and healthy. Physically, mentally and emotionally.

If we start to look at self-care as wellness and wellness as self-care, it might change how we view things.

As I mentioned earlier, self-care is all the buzz right now and for good reason.  It is important to try and not get caught in the swirl of ‘all the things’ and find out what we actually need, not what other people tell us we need.

This may take a little experimenting to find what works for you. Just remember do what feels good to you.  Don’t overthink it.

3. Make note
When things get busy it is easy to forget about self-care. It is often one of the first things to fall off.   But this is when we need it most. It can make such a difference in our lives.

Weaving in a little self-care throughout the day can really have an impact on our mood and how you react to things, especially during stressful times.

Making note, either mentally or keeping track in a journal or on your calendar is a great way to see how self-care affects you. Make a mental note or write down the day, what you did and how you felt afterward. I personally like to get things out of my mind and onto paper so I can go back and check things out rather than trying to keep it all straight upstairs.

After doing this for a little bit, you will begin to see that self-care really does have a positive impact on not only you and your mood, but your relationships and your work.

4. Just begin
Everyone’s routine will look different.  What I enjoy doing for self-care may be an absolute turn off for you.  For those that are new, you may that you are spending an awful lot of time searching for things to do.  I get it, but you may also find that you spend so much time searching that you never get to the actual act.

What are you drawn to?  What feels good? What do you enjoy doing?  It really could be as simple as taking a break from what you are doing. Stopping everything and just sitting for five minutes. Whatever it is, it is important to listen to your needs and practice in a way that feels right for you.

Above all, it is important to remember to listen to our bodies and attend to our needs.  Sprinkling self-care practices in throughout your week will help you take care of you.

What are some of your favorite ways to practice self-care?

Take good care of you,