Sugar, you may already know that you are the only one that can control your environment and what you allow in your life. That premise is what sparked the whole self-care movement. The realization that there are things you can do every day — both mentally and physically — to promote a sense of greater well being in your life.
So what are some simple things that promote a more peaceful, loving relationship with yourself and in turn creates a more positive life for those around you? Here are seven simple ideas to start you on your self care journey.
- Practice gratitude. Starting a daily gratitude journal or a morning meditative practice where you think of all the things you’re grateful will nurture a deep sense of well being in your life. Not only that, the more gratitude you show and practice, the more things that come in to your life that you’ll be grateful for. You’ll attract an avalanche of abundance.
- Draw your boundaries like a [email protected]&8$# f-er. Yep. Said it. Not taking it back. Protecting your boundaries simply means learning to say NO to things you commit to that drain your energy. You don’t have to accept every invitation. Be honest with yourself and look at what drains your emotional bank and what fills it up. Are there things you need to let go of? Overcommitting, being sleep deprived and constantly busy are not badges of honor. They are a symptom of a person that is not protecting their emotional well being.
- Sleep! Being sleep deprived affects your mood, your productivity, your focus, your memory, your food cravings — literally every aspect of your being. Making sleep a priority in your life will affect you profoundly. Creating a peaceful environment and regulating the time you go to bed and wake up every day is a good place to begin your new state of restfulness.
- Move. However you want and whatever you like to do — just move your body. Dance in the kitchen. Walk barefoot on the beach. Adopt a morning stretch or yoga routine. The key to moving and self care is that if your body isn’t strong enough as you age to handle the everyday demands, then you’ll feel it emotionally as well. When you move you strengthen your body, mind and spirit.
- Create a morning ritual that nurtures your body and feeds your soul. Take 10 minutes to yourself to care for your body. Cleanse then moisturize to start detoxing on a cellular level and nourishing your skin. Treat yourself to a face oil and spend a full minute massaging in to your face. Use a body wash that smells uplifting and fresh. Caring for your body sparks feelings of love and nurturing rather than the self criticism that seems to be our default.
- Unplug. Whether it is for a day, an hour or while you take a long, warm bath. Turn off the phone, put down the laptop and just be. The freedom from being unavailable for a period of time allows you to get out of “reactive mode” to focus and be in touch with your own ideas, desires and needs.
- Do something new. Have you ever wanted to try reiki, sample a new type of cuisine or stand up paddle board? Maybe you’d like to take a dance class or hike to the Hollywood sign or ride a horse on the beach. The point is that trying new things inspires joyful living. Get out there and expand your horizons. The more experiences you have in life, the more you have to contribute.
Self care will never happen unless you intentionally make space for it. It’s not selfish. It’s the only way to truly live your best life and be your best for the people you love.