Self care has been a huge focus for me as of late. Taking more time to focus on myself, inside and out. I incorporate more “self care” regimens into my daily life as it builds a foundation for a clear mind, happy heart, and helps me focus on my physical health as well. So I have written below the things I do to incorporate “Self Care” into my hectic schedule.
- Always remember to stop and drink water. There are so many health benefits to drinking water, that I’m sure most of you already know. But I’m sure half of you are realizing you haven’t had a glass or five of water today, as you’re reading this. It takes no more than five minutes a day to drink the water we need to be healthy. It helps to eliminate toxins in our body. Helps us wake up. Helps digestion, and boosts creativity. All of that from drinking water. DRINK UP! If you’re bad at remembering, or have some other excuse, like I do sometimes, have a water bottle at hand. Carrying around a water bottle is an easy reminder.
- Eating clean, and working out. I have not always been the healthiest eater, and I rarely ever exercised. Now I work out almost every day, and I watch what I eat. Why so hardcore all of the sudden? Well to be honest, I was tired of what I saw in the mirror. I am the last person to not accept myself for who I am, trust me. We all should love ourselves regardless of what we look like. My mind just isn’t all that kind to me sometimes. I just knew I had a chance of being happier, and healthier, if I focused on my health. Also it gives me great satisfaction to learn about what I’m putting in my body, and taking steps in becoming a healthier me. Also exercising has given me so much positive energy. Nothing says self care, than focusing on your overall health.
- Writing in general gives me great satisfaction. But writing about thoughts, and things I want to do, or have done day in and day out, helps me set goals for myself, and express myself in case I didn’t feel like saying my thoughts/concerns out loud to someone any given day. Better on paper, than stuck inside your head/heart. If you’re not a writer, they have journals for that. Ones that simply ask questions about who you are, and about your life. Those are also a tool I use on occasion to help me focus on who I am.
- Clean your apartment/house! Cleaning is not just good to do for the obvious “not living in a pig sty” aspect, but I do believe it’s good for the soul. Cleaning gets you moving, helps you declutter your home, and life. We as humans do not need an excess amount of “stuff” to live a happy life. Turn the volume up on your stereo, do laundry, mop your floor, open the windows, and light a candle! Cleaning can be peaceful if you make it. Also if you keep up with it, it won’t be as hard the next time. Then you don’t have to worry about it, and let it take up space in your mind.
- Treat yourself. You do NOT need a reason. You’re the reason. Make yourself happy, even if you didn’t work out. Get that smoothie bowl! Go to a coffee shop, put in headphones, listen to your favorite music, and write. Buy that bag that’s been in your amazon shopping cart for a week. I get so many smoothies/smoothie bowls a week after my workouts. You should still work hard to earn things you want, but on occasion, treat yourself just because.
- Spend time with the ones you love. Friends & family are a part of who you are. Surround yourself with the kinds of people that push you to be the best you. Friends that make you happy. Ones that give to you, what you give to them. Family as well. You do not need a reason to call your mom, or visit your sister to have an entire two bottles of wine. As Shia Labeouf would say, “JUST DO IT!”
Self care should be high on everyone’s priority list! Focusing on yourself, your needs, and continuing to better yourself has ZERO negative health benefits! Let’s be real. You get one life. Own it!