The concepts of “self-care” and “self-love” are commonly seen but often lack practical guidance on how to actually practice them. It can be difficult to make time for self-care when everyday responsibilities take up so much time. Although prioritizing our wellbeing can seem challenging due to life’s demands, there are still simple steps we can take to make it happen even in busy times.
Start the Day with What You Need
When you start the day with a full cup, it is easier to give to others from the overflow. In order to do this you must first figure out what fills your cup or what you need to start your day off well. To start, ask yourself what do I need to help me? For me, I need to have 30 minutes of quiet time without another person around. I often mediate, drink coffee or write in my journal during that time. My best friend needs to start her day with a 30 minute walk. It may take a few try’s to find what works for you, but by putting your needs first thing in the morning, you are putting your first.
Block out time in your day
If you are not a morning person or need more time to refuel during the day, block your calendar. Everyday block 15 to 30 minutes of time, that is dedicated to just your needs. Maybe it is take a walk a lunch or closing your door, turning on music and just breathing. Make sure you protect this time. My daily blocked time is the when I am waiting in the pick up line at school. I put my phone on do not disturb and I listen to music, sit in silence or write in my journal.
Create an “Experience” with some basic activities
I recently discovered this “life hack” during conversation with colleges. The person who shared the tip, mentioned they add some of their favorite things to their shower to create more of an experience. They specifically mentioned citrus oil and eucalyptus leaves in the shower. Another person mentioned they listen to spa music when they shower.
The best thing to do is to try different things and see what works for you. To make the “task” easier to remember “stack” the new habit with another tasks. If you are not familiar with task stacking, Google Atomic Habits by James Clear.