Simple Self Care Routines You Can Fall Back On When Needed
Beneficial habits like self-care often go by the wayside during stressful times. It can be difficult to focus on anything but the bare minimum when life gets hard. The fact is, though, that these are the days when you most need to take care of yourself.
One way to have a self-care toolkit to
help you out during these instances. Having a list of self-care routines
can make it easier for you to implement them when needed. There are
some other tricks you can employ to get you through the tough times,
too. Keep reading, and I’ll share them with you.
Let’s start with your self-care backup plan. This is a list of at least five activities you can easily fit in your life during the most stressful periods. Having such a reminder on-hand will let you gain the benefits of caring for yourself without having to think about it too much.
This list can include simple reminders like go to bed early so you get enough sleep, eat nourishing food to keep your energy up or ask for help you need it because these are all things you might forget when you’ve got a ton on your plate. During times of trouble, the very basic foundations of self-care can be the most important.
Another way to boost your chances of keeping
self-care at the focus during hard times is to prepare a care package
ahead of time. This can include some of your favorite little indulgences
like a good book, herbal teas, facial mask, fuzzy slippers and
classical CD. Include anything that brings you joy. Being able to reach
for this package when you’re stressed can mean the world and make a huge
difference to your outlook.
When things look bleak, you may require a bit of help to get back on track. That’s why it’s a good idea to reach out to trusted friends and family now to enlist their help for the future. Talk to your closest confidantes and let them know you would like them to always encourage your self-care routine.
Share with them the benefits it’s provided you and tell them you’d appreciate their assistance if they see you aren’t caring for yourself as well as you should be.
Sometimes those who know us best can
see things we don’t. When your crew knows to look out for you in this
regard, they can reinforce your self-care needs during times of stress.
Taking steps to plan now can make maintaining your self-care routine easier in the future. Always remember it’s during the hardest times that you need to nurturing yourself the most.
Lots of people get the wrong idea about self-care. They think they have to be deserving of it. They feel like it’s splurging to do something good for yourself. It can seem extravagant. I’d like to change that mindset today.
Self-care is something you deserve. Everyone does. It benefits us all, along with those around us, when we put our own well-being at the forefront. You can’t take care of others when your own well-being is suffering. Let’s take a look at some free and low-cost ways you can care for yourself.
Take a Time Out During Your Self Care Routine
Sometimes just a little bit of alone time is all you need to feel rejuvenated. So why not give yourself a time out? Lock yourself in your room with a nice cup of tea. Listen to some quiet music. Just sit still and think for a bit. It’s a luxury we all can afford.
Waste Some Time During Your Self Care Routine
We often feel pressured to be productive all the time. Being busy is a sign of worth and accomplishment. However, it really doesn’t have to be that way. Just kicking back and doing nothing is important to recharging our batteries. Let yourself have some down time to do something frivolous like binge on your favorite Netflix show, take a nap or just sit and pet your cat. You deserve it.
Do Some Writing During Your Self Care Routine
Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, journaling can be a very therapeutic activity. Jotting down what you’re grateful for has been proven to be beneficial to well-being. It can also be energizing to simply do a brain dump in which you write down all the things that are floating around in your head. Jotting down dreams for the future might inspire and motivate you to take action. Give it a try.
Reach Out to Someone During Your Self Care Routine
Socializing is a crucial part of self-care. Even introverts benefit from interpersonal connection. Humans aren’t meant to be isolated. Pick up the phone and call a friend you haven’t talked to in a while. Sit down and Skype with your favorite internet pal.
Meeting up in person for a walk together or a cup of coffee is even
better. Connecting to others might just provide the spark you’ve been
Change Your Perspective During Your Self Care Routine
A change of scenery can be a
wonderful source of renewal, and it doesn’t have to cost a lot. Just
heading out to walk in your neighborhood might help when you’re feeling
stir-crazy in your home. If you’re able to afford it, a low-cost
staycation to a nearby location for a day or two is a fun way to switch
things up. You’ll be surprised what this change of perspective can do
While these are just a few of the countless ways you can indulge in self-care without spending much money, perhaps they’re just the jumpstart you need to begin exploring this concept. You truly do deserve to spend time, energy and effort on your own well-being.
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