Practicing self-care has become a part of my routine within the past year. It has helped me to develop a better self-image and self-worth that I’ve battled my whole life. Here are 5 ways that I practice self-care:
Find alone time
If you’re an “on-the-go” type of person, it may be pretty hard to stop yourself to get that much needed alone time that you need. There’s always something you need to get done. Whether it’s chores at home or going to an event to go network. Our to-do lists are pretty much never ending. One thing I had to prioritize is “ME” time. When I sit by myself and stop, I find the chaos that surrounds me slowly subsides. I’m able to organize my thoughts better. My advice: take time to reflect, write in a journal, and enjoy the stillness.
I enjoy sleep VERY much. Weekends is when I like to recharge. I typically fit in a nap at least once a weekend to let my body fully rest. Our bodies are like a battery. When it gets to E, then you’re going to find yourself burnt out. Give yourself permission to rest. It’s not only important for your physical well being, it’s even more important for your mental, emotional, and, I believe, spiritual renewal.
Do something fun
All work and no play? Don’t play yourself! Enjoy a day at the beach to soak up the sun or enjoy some time with friends over happy hour. Whatever fun you partake in, let it replenish you (but do it responsibly – not suggesting drug use whatsoever).
Prayer, to me, feeds my spiritual muscle and it is one of my favorite things to do in the mornings. Prayer helps clears my mind and it gives me a renewed strength that I need to face my day. No matter what religion you practice, find time to meditate or pray to help your spiritual being heal as well.
Speak positive affirmations
Speaking positive affirmations on a daily basis is also very helpful when it comes to self-care. “I am enough” or “I’m worthy of love and belonging” are just a few examples that I use to remind me of my self-worth. Make a list of phrases that you can use on a daily basis. It doesn’t need to be long, but make it something personal and use “I” statements.