Self-care is a word that recently has gotten a lot of buzz and there are many ways to view and define self-care, but I like to use the definition provided by Fort Garry Women’s Resource Centre who defined self-care as “care provided for you by you. It’s about identifying what you need and taking steps to meet those needs. Self-care is about showing yourself love, kindness, and respect on a daily basis.” Sometimes we get so caught up in the day to day parts of our lives that we forget about ourselves. I find this to be especially true as women. That’s why self-care is extremely important to me and not just a word that I fantasize about coming true. I really believe that practicing self-care is all of our highest of priorities and that it is possible for us to make self-care an actual part of our lives. I also believe that when self-care is practiced on a daily basis, it allows you to be your best self, which then gives you the capacity to do all that you want to do. Thankfully, despite what society may think, we aren’t robots and we weren’t made to keep going and going and giving and giving without recharging and addressing our own needs. I could go on and on about why everyone should prioritize self-care but I couldn’t leave you without giving you six tips on how to start practicing self-care on a daily basis.
- Think about the snatches of time throughout your day when you’re not really doing anything productive. We all have 10 minutes here or 10 minutes there that we can use to practice self-care. Maybe it’s during your commute to and from work or during your lunch break, work with any time that you’ve got!
- Once you’ve found those times, schedule it! Put it in your phone or write it down in your agenda book. Wherever you write/type it, make sure it’s in a place that you can see daily.
- Set reminders on your phone. For most of us, our phones have become an extension of our bodies. Since you always have your phone with you, that means you’ll always have a reminder. Therefore the likelihood of you “forgetting” greatly decreases.
- Don’t over think it. If you only have 5 minutes in the morning to practice some meditation then use those 5 minutes, instead of not doing it all. Remember 5 minutes is better than 0 minutes and it adds up over time.
- Get an accountability partner. Maybe you can start by getting a group of your girls and going to a weekly Zumba class. Sometimes it’s easier to stick to a goal if you have someone to hold you accountable.
- Get an app. Thankfully there are so many apps out there that can assist you in making self-care a part of your day to day. For example, the Insight Timer app has a plethora of free meditations that are 5 minutes or more long. I also enjoy using the Forest app when I know I need to unplug from social media and stop using my phone. I also enjoy using Recolor, a coloring book app because you’re never too old to color. All of these apps are available for both android and iPhones. Get creative and find an app that will help you.
Those are some of my tips on how to make self-care an actual part of your life. Let me know if you try one or feel free to add your own tip in the comments section below!