If 2021 had a theme, I would say self-care is it. After the year 2020 proved to be, self-care is more important than ever. In fact, I offer a workshop about creating a self-care toolkit that you can learn more about HERE.
So, how do you self-care? How do you take care of yourself while taking care of others? Here are four tips that you can use to start your self-care now.
1. Define what self-care means to you
Self-care can mean different things to everyone and that’s ok. What does it mean to you? Maybe it’s having a spa day once a month. Maybe it means one weekend away each quarter without your family. Or, maybe it means daily meditation. Define what self-care means to you.
2. Make a plan and stick to it
As a mother, I often feel guilty if I need a mommy moment - a moment where I can just sit in the silence, alone and decompress. Mom guilt is all too common, but remember, you aren’t helping your family if you aren’t helping yourself. Make a self-care plan for you and stick with it. If your plans means a long soak in the bath each night, do it and don’t feel guilty about it. You’ve earned it.
3. Health is wealth
We often think of self-care from the mental health side but don’t forget about the physical side of things too. Workout, make healthier food choices, hydrate. While you’re focusing on what’s happening in your mind, pay attention to how your body feels too. Does your skin feel drier than normal? Is your energy level low? Do you feel “off”? Small changes in your health can make a world of difference.
4. Be patient
There’s a reason they say ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day,’ it’s because it’s true. There will be some trial and error, failed attempts, and start overs galore - that’s ok! Give yourself some grace and patience. Tomorrow is a new day and it’s also a new opportunity to start over until you find what works for you.
Taking time to acknowledge your feelings and finding creative ways to nurture your mind, body and spirit is key to creating a successful self-care toolkit.