What have you done to help your self-care routine lately? I am writing this because I often ask myself the same question. Is it eating right? Is it getting enough rest? How about doing nothing at all? Now, that sounds like a plan! Sometimes you need those times where you can just sit and do nothing; I call that renewal time. My book, A Life With A View talks a lot about renewal and how to get there. I had to dive into my writing when things were popping off around me.
I had to first start off with Faith - the Faith that I could take some time to take care of myself and things wouldn't fall apart. Faith that things would work out and I didn't have to kill myself trying to be perfect and get it right the first, or even the second time. Part of self-care is also not beating yourself up when things don't go quite right. Taking care of you is so important. How can you be there for yourself or anyone else if you don't take care of you? Being a single mom with two kids (now 16 and 9), it was important to me to find my balance; set boundaries where needed and also rely on Faith to get me through.
What gets you to your self-care routine? Do you have one? Here are four easy ways to continue and to get started in case you need the push:
1. Begin with what inspires your journey to self-care: a word, a phrase, an action.
2. Cherish the things that continue to make you better and get rid of the things that do not contribute to your happiness and renewal.
3. Surround yourself with people who inspire you, have inspired you and align your self-care routine to where you see yourself in one week, one month or six months...you choose.
4. Choose at least one day a week to dedicate to your self-care routine. Need help in this area? Here's a little inspiration: My day is Wednesday - which I have appropriately named: Winding Down Wednesday. This is a day where, yes - I go to work, have meetings and all...but, I take the time on Wednesday evenings to unwind and go to the beauty salon, read, catch up with family and friends and if there's time, I'll catch up on my favorite television programs.
Now, you try! Let me know how are you are doing as I would love to hear from you. If you are at step 1, great! If you are in between steps, that's good too and shows progress. Feel free to share this post with others who may benefit and also drop me a line on social media or by replying to this post and let me know how you're doing. Can't wait to hear and see all your of ideas on the topic of self-care.
To help you along, I created this free self-care eBook so you can continue your journey to self-care freedom. Click the button below and help yourself to these 10 steps.