Self-care is our most basic requirement.
Contrary to popular belief it does not involve a weekly trip to the spa, hours of meditation, or gourmet meals, however if you have the time and funds for all that, all the power to you.
For the busy folks out there who shoot down the importance of self-care, simply being mindful of your basic needs is your first step to avoiding a burn out. Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, or have a full time career your days are jam-packed with a million things to do for everyone around you so taking care of yourself may fall through the cracks. It’s easy to neglect yourself, especially when other people are depending on you.
What is self-care?
It’s taking care of yourself, simple as that. It is not selfish and it does not need to take up hours from your day. It should involve something you enjoy, something that makes you feel good within. If you find yourself with no time to breathe, you may need to reevaluate certain aspects of your life. What is really important? Are you prioritizing?
When you aren’t healthy, and collected, it’s not only you who suffers but those around you as well.
So, for those you on a time budget, here are some quick self-care tips:
Eat Well. Limit junk food. Eat nourishing food will not only make you feel good about yourself, but will give you a mighty energy boost also. Being very mindful of what enters your body is one of the best things you can do for yourself physically. Junk food will only leave you feeling bad about yourself and your choices.
Quiet time. A few minutes of quiet time are so beneficial for anyone with a busy schedule. This time for yourself can happen at any time but the best time to reflect is early in the morning so try and squeeze it in. Your quiet time can be with a good book, a journal, or even just sitting still with your eyes closed.
Personal Care. This is a big one. Take some time in the morning to put yourself together. Dress up, exfoliate your face, or put on some makeup (if that’s important to you), even if you’re spending the day at home. This is not in the name of vanity but rather just a feel-good ritual everyone should adopt. There is nothing like feeling put together to give you a good mood boost.
Move. Make a realistic workout plan. Exercise is amazing for body, mind and soul. Walk, take a class, but just make sure to schedule it in so you know that it’s part of your day. If you’re walking, try to get close to nature, it is incredibly detoxifying.
Unplug. More and more people are discovering the benefits of shutting out social media for a period of time. This could be over a weekend, throughout the day, or best of all one to two hours before bed. Without realizing it we can spend hours upon hours just scrolling with no real purpose.
There are so many simple ways to feel rejuvenated and they don’t have to take up too much time. Remember, self-care is a necessity, not a luxury.