February is the month of love, so I thought I would kick the month off with a post about how to nurture the most important relationship in your life. Your relationship with yourself.
With a busy life comes the inevitable feelings of being run-down and overwhelmed. In the short-term, this causes stress, irritability, and a general feeling of unhappiness. In the long-term this leads to both mental and physical health issues. That’s why it’s so important to practice self-care.
Though it can be hard to fit into our busy schedules, practicing self-care should be prioritized. If you can, set aside one day a week to take care of your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. For those of us who are parents, students, or are juggling multiple jobs, it can be difficult to do. But I promise, if you find a way to set aside at least 20 minutes even one day a week, it will make a big difference.
Try scheduling it into your busy day. It can be in the morning before anyone else wakes up, in the evening once everyone is in bed, or in the afternoon during lunchtime. Setting a time for it makes it harder for other things to get in the way.
First off, when we get so busy taking care of those around us, we begin to neglect ourselves. Start by making sure your basic needs are being met. Keep your body fueled and well-rested. Eat nourishing meals and remember to drink water.
Have a mini-declutter session
Pick three things that you don’t use or need and donate or toss them. If you have more time, try clearing out your closet, email inbox, or room. William Morris once said “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” I agree.
Binge watch your favorite show on Netflix
That’s right. Pick a show and just sit there. Let all thoughts flow out of you and just enjoy the entertainment happening on the screen. Grab a snack, grab a friend, grab a glass of wine. Whatever you like. This is your time to do nothing. Enjoy it!
Read a good book
Getting lost in a book allows you to shut off your mind and let your imagination wander as far as it wants to. Grab a book you enjoy, prepare a piping hot cup of coffee or (if you’re like me) tea and take it all in.
Have a quick 10-minute meditation
Sweat it out
You know all of those stressors and issues from last week? Take all of that negative energy sweat it out! You can take a run around the block, hit the punching bag, or lift some weights. Whatever way you like to work your body, it’ll help clear out all of that energy and move past it. Not to mention, you’ll also receive a boost of endorphins causing a spur of positive emotions right after.
Turn on your diffuser
Put on some calming essential oils, sit back, and relax. If you don’t have a diffuser yet, I recommend the NOW Foods Ultrasonic Bamboo diffuser. There are so many benefits to diffusing oils including helping you relax, pain relief, and energizing your mood. Here is an article you can check out with more benefits of diffusing essential oils.
Make/order your favorite meal
You know that meal you could eat every day for the rest of your life? Whip that up in the kitchen and indulge. Or order it and have it delivered. Then sit back, relax, and devour the delicious dish in front of you. Go ahead, treat yourself, girl. You deserve it.
Subscribe to a self-care box
I subscribed to Calmbox a few months ago and I absolutely love it! Every month they send a box full of self-care items to your door. I’ve gotten teas, bath bombs, lotions, candles, calming CD’s, snacks and so much more. If you’re pressed for time, signing up for Calmbox is essential. You can take a few minutes every month when you receive your box and just enjoy yourself.
Some of these might not be your cup of tea and that’s alright. The important thing is that you choose an activity that you enjoy and take the time to actually do it.
Take care of yourself, busy gal.
What are some of your favorite self-care activities?