Making Self-Care A Daily Practice
Self care and self love. Two different things but both go hand in hand. Nowadays there are so many blog posts, books, articles and videos on self care practices that you can’t really get away from. There are many self care practices that you can learn from. In my experience of self care practice, it is something to be done every day. It is more of a skill than something to be accomplished and not repeat again. Self care is not only important but necessary.
I remember the days where I didn’t even put in work to take care of myself. Those were the times where I wasn’t happy. I was struggling to keep my head above water. I sought external validation and not internal. Ever since I started to take care of myself in the past few years, I realized that taking care of myself was highly neglected before. The neglect on myself had allowed others to take advantaged of me in many forms. Whether take advantage of me emotionally, mentally and even financially, it got to the point where I realized I wasn’t happy. Once I started to cherish myself and really make it a priority to take care of myself and make it a daily routine, I no longer allow people like that near me.
I make self care a daily practice. Taking care of myself had allowed me to feel free and gain the upmost confidence I’ve ever had. I have more control of my emotions. I have more control of how I feel and how happy I truly get to be. Now, this is something I do on a daily basis and you can start too.
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Now let’s get started. Let’s get into self care ideas first.
Take a break
Take a bubble bath with salt baths
Read a motivational book in bed
Put on cozy socks
Do your laundry
Wash your bed sheets
Mediate for 5, 10, 15 minutes
Do a yoga stretch
Drink a smoothie
Get a body massage
Paint your nails
Get rid of items that don’t spark joy. Donate, sell or trash it
Watch a motivational and or inspirational video
Write down what you are grateful for
Put on a face mask
Nap for 15-30 minutes
Distance and eliminate people that aren’t good for you
Take a few minutes to reflect. What are you proud of? What would you like to do next in your life?
Help someone without expecting anything in return
Smile and accept that negative emotion
These are some ideas that mostly don’t cost anything or maybe a few bucks. However, self care should be done every day, not once a year. Self care is not just all happy and positive vibes. Sometimes you have to accept the negative emotions and pain. That’s okay and that is part of self care. We all go through bad events and pain and society has this pressure to deflect those negative emotions. We shouldn’t neglect how we feel when we go through that as well. If you are practicing each day for at least 15 minutes, you will see a difference in how you become. Your self esteem will change. Your confidence will change. Your happiness will change. It’s up to you to take action and do the steps to fulfill your happiness.
Making Self Care A Practice
Making a self care a daily practice, you have to find the time. Everyone has time. The question is if you are making it a priority. There are many things we have in life that take up a lot of our precious time. However, self care should be precious to us that we make it a priority.
There is no other way. Become disciplined in making this important. The only person who will do self care for you is you. Make yourself responsible in making the time and attending to it. There is no shortcut for this. I can’t force you to do something. I can only encourage you and hopefully you become inspired in finally taking charge of your happiness.
Remember it’s not a one time thing
This isn’t a one time thing. This is a practice. Loving oneself isn’t something you want to do once. It’s 24/7. Similar to when you love someone, you love them wholly and without limitations. You love them not just one time, but it’s probably forever. You don’t nit pick. You shouldn’t do that to yourself either. Don’t pick at every part of yourself thinking there’s nothing great about you. You are great as you are. If you want to grow even more, then reflect on the areas you want to improve. Then start working on it.
Accept that sometimes we won’t have perfect and great days.
But we do have time each day to make ourselves feel great.