8 Simple Ways To Practice Self-Care Every Day
Self-care is defined as any activity that we do in order to take care of our physical, emotional, mental, and I would include, spiritual health.
For me, it comes in many different forms - a good night’s sleep, a long walk, or chatting with a good friend. You might think that these things sound pretty simple and basic, but I’ve found that practicing self-care isn’t about grand gestures to myself, but small, consistent acts that have long-term, positive effects my overall wellbeing.
Today on the blog, I’d love to share some simple ways that I practice self-care on a daily basis in hopes that it will encourage you to think about how you can incorporate more self-care in your day-to-day as well. Hope you enjoy reading!
1. Get enough sleep
I’ve noticed that when I make it a priority to get proper sleep every night (for me, that’s been about 7-8 solid hours), my energy levels are much higher, I’m happier, more present, more focused, and just overall in a better mood. For me, that means getting into bed by 10:30pm every night. It’s not easy for this night owl, but I know it’s necessary.
I’ve noticed that most people don’t seem to recognize that they’re not getting enough rest until they kind of hit a breaking point. Are you giving your body the proper rest it needs every day?
2. Be mindful of your diet
Don’t get me wrong, I love me some burgers and fries, but I also know that I can’t have them every day.
When it comes to diet, I’ve found it pretty simple and straightforward. When I eat better and my diet consists of nutritious meals, I always feel and function better.
I know - easier said than done - but I think as long as we practice balance and we’re mindful of what’s going in our body and how it’s making us feel, that will make the difference.
3. Get a daily dose of Vitamin D
I try to make it a point to leave the house at least once a day because I’ve noticed how crappy I feel when I don’t. Even a 10-minute walk can do wonders for my mood.
And when the weather doesn’t permit? I’ve found that doing a quick run to the grocery store or visiting my parents always makes me feel better than staying at home all day.
4. Get the blood flowing
I know I can do a lot better with this one, but at least having a 17-month old keeps me somewhat active. We play hide-and-seek, run around the playground, and have little dance parties together at home. Eventually, I’d love to start working out regularly as well (I’m working on it!).
What are some ways that you can get some blood flowing through your body during the day?
5. Chat with a loved one
Whether it’s through texting, a quick FaceTime call, or in-person, chatting with a loved one always seems to make me feel better, especially on the bad days.
Being able to share, vent, laugh, or cry with someone who loves and cares about you can be the best kind of therapy.
It’s crazy if you think about how much time we spend on our phones, TVs, tablets, and computers. Practicing even a few minutes of being unplugged and letting our minds just “be” allows us to be more present, which in my opinion, is always a good thing.
For me, this happens in the form of prayer, reading the bible, and taking in a few quiet moments to myself before bed.
7. Enjoy a little “pampering”
Whether it’s in the form of taking an extra long shower, putting on a face mask, or lighting a few candles, go for it! I’ve found that these little acts of pampering yourself can relieve so much tension and stress.
8. Spend some alone time doing something that makes you happy
Read, watch your favorite tv show, paint, bake, or catch up on sleep. Set aside some time for yourself and make it all about you. In my opinion, these simple joys can totally make your day.
This is something that I always need to remind myself and I’d like to share it with you as well: Self-care isn’t selfish. It allows us to care for our minds and bodies in order for us to show up as the best version of ourselves every day. It needs to be a priority and the effort will be worth it.
I hope you’ll take some time to give yourself a little extra love and care today. You deserve it.