Wednesday, September 20, 2017

5 Tips to practicing self-care regularly

Life is busy and it can be challenging to carve out time in the day to care for yourself. I am the worst at this. I have no problem putting everyone else’s needs ahead of mine and very rarely do I take time for myself. If I do find time for myself, I feel guilty or have regrets because of the long to-do list that I have forever running in my head. No matter how much or how little I have to do, putting myself first is just a huge struggle. When I don’t put myself first, or at least 2nd or 3rd, I notice it in my mood, in how I interact with my family, and an in how I feel about myself. Do you feel this way too? Let’s figure this out together. Here are some of the things that I do to practice self-care regularly. Maybe they will work for you too!
Schedule my week ahead. Every day I have at least one activity dedicated to myself. Whether it be going to spinning class at the athletic club, taking a walk around campus at lunchtime, journaling, or taking time to blog, I am committed to doing something for me. Every. Single. Day. The hardest part for me is making the commitment and being cognizant of it. If I schedule it into my week, I am less likely to cancel my plans or allow something “better” to come up.
  1. Do something special for myself every now and then. While I can’t afford to get a massage every week, I think it is still important to schedule time to get one every few months. I love getting a massage as it loosens up my muscles and always seems to give me a fresh perspective. I feel relaxed and renewed after having a massage. One of the best places to go is massage Glasgow.
  2. Sleep. I LOVE sleep. If I get less than 7 hours a day, I am likely going to be monstrous by evening time. Did I mention that I love sleep? I take naps on the weekends. I like to go to bed at 8:30pm whether we have the kids or not. I notice a huge difference in my mood overall if I have at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night. I used to not know that sleep mattered that much to me until one day I read the book The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington. That book totally changed my perspective and I realized that giving my body down time and the opportunity to rest and recharge was a key aspect of self-care.
  3. Being mindful. Taking time to practice self-care doesn’t have to entail a huge chunk of time. It can be as short as a 5 minute meditation in the morning or in the middle of the day. Meditation helps me clear my mind and be present in the current moment.
  4. Good-bye social media. I made the decision a few years back when I was going through my divorce to cut out social media. I did this because it was making me so depressed. I found that I was constantly comparing my life to others and I didn’t like the “fakeness” that people portray their lives to be amazing when they likely aren’t. I haven’t been back on social media because it is so refreshing not to have it. I do miss keeping in touch with friends and family that are scattered all over the world, but I don’t miss the comparisons and negative feelings. For me, ridding my life of social media was practicing self-care.

Practicing self-care can occur in many ways as your interests and feelings are unique. What do you do to take care of you?

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