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Self-care has become an increasingly common topic, with the rise of digital influencers and their Instagram “hype” moments. Even so, these practices are often misunderstood or misused. In our fast-paced world, it can be challenging to balance a busy schedule while also maintaining a healthy lifestyle. However, there are simple ways to incorporate self-care into your daily life that will positively impact your entire being. Self-care is so much more than just drinking green juice or doing nice things for yourself from time to time. It’s a continuous journey of rediscovering who you really are and aligning your values with your actions—not just on one day, but every single day. Self-care isn’t selfish; it’s what makes you even more capable of giving back to others in this world (and making the world a better place).
What is Self-Care?
Self-care is a practice that involves taking care of your own needs and wellness, as well as finding balance between what you can and cannot control. It’s not about indulging in money-consuming activities like buying $400 face masks, but rather making good choices for your body and mind, so you can be at your best. Self-care is important because it allows you to take responsibility for your mental and physical health. When you take care of yourself, you are setting a good example for others and showing them that self-care is essential. When you take care of yourself, you’re prioritizing your health and wellness as a top priority.
Why is Self-Care Important?
As we grow up, we are taught to be selfless and put others’ needs and goals above our own. This is a great quality to have, but it can easily become excessive and result in a life where we don’t take time to relax, recharge, and maintain our own sanity. In our daily lives, we are constantly bombarded with external stressors, such as our workload, relationships, finances, and more. These are things that are often out of our control and can add up to cause unnecessary amounts of stress, which can lead to serious health issues if left unchecked. By making time for self-care, you can actively combat these external stressors and maintain your own mental and physical health.
Morning Rituals for Self-Care
A morning ritual can be any activity that starts your day off on the right foot. This can be anything from reading a specific passage from your favorite book, to taking a walk in nature to enjoy some fresh air, to drinking a glass of water before you start your day. Certain activities might help you feel more calm, relaxed, and energized for your day ahead. Try to incorporate a morning ritual into your daily life, as this will help you make time for self-care, even if you feel like you don’t have any time to spare.
Weekly Rituals for Self-Care
A weekly ritual is something you do on the same day, preferably on a day when you’re not as busy. For example, some great weekly rituals include taking time to reflect on your goals, going on a walk outside to get some fresh air, reading a book, meditating, or just enjoying a hobby you love. By keeping these rituals on the same day of the week, you’ll create space in your daily schedule to relax and recharge, while also making time for self-care. Once these rituals become a consistent part of your schedule, they’ll become easier to stick to and will help you live a more balanced life.
Weekly Check-In: Knowing Yourself Better
As you practice self-care, you’ll become more familiar with your needs and values. This self-awareness will help you know yourself better and make better decisions in your daily life. There may be days when you’re too busy to make time for self-care, but by practicing self-awareness, you’ll know when you need to make time for these activities anyway. For example, maybe you need to take a day off from work because you’re feeling too stressed and it’s impacting your mental health. However, you also know that by taking a day off, you’re going to fall behind on your work, which impacts your mental health further because you’ll feel guilty for not keeping up with your responsibilities. By knowing yourself better, you’ll be able to make the right decisions for your mental health, even when it’s not easy.
Self-care is a practice that must be done in order to be happy, healthy, and balanced. It’s not something that can be planned out, but something that must be practiced daily. It’s hard to make time for yourself, but you have to put yourself first. If you don’t have time to take a bath, go for a walk, or make room for self-reflection, your life will be out of balance and you’ll be struggling to keep everything together. When you make time for self-care, you’re giving yourself the tools you need to have a happy, healthy life.