Good morning and Happy Friday!
I thought I share with you all a more updated version of one of my past post on creating a self-care routine. To read that post, click here. Now some of you may have added this to your list of resolutions for this year, which is to focus on taking better care of yourself, and creating a self-care routine.
Some of us are always on the go, that we forget to take care of ourselves or we create a self-care routine, but we don’t put it into practice. That’s where I come in.
We are now in September, and I still have yet to create an effective self-care routine or practice any form of self-care, other than working out. And being active is still something I’m working on. For today’s post, I’m going to help you create a self-care routine, whether you’re new to the topic or you’re familiar with it and just aren’t sure how to get started. Let’s dive in, shall we?
CREATE A BRAIN DUMP OR MIND-MAP: Write down whatever comes to your mind when you think of self-care. I’ll give you an example of how I would do this mind-map or brain-dump:
When I think of “Self-Care” I think of:
- Joggers, sweatpants, & leggings
- Jenner Aiko
- Summer Walker
- Ariana Grande
- Best friends
- Sushi- California Roll
- Pot stickers
- Disney classics
Ok, now I know this list looks a little overwhelming, so I apologize. I was on a roll. But now you have an idea of what to do for this part.
PICK 3-5 THINGS THAT ARE SIMPLE TO PRACTICE: Ok, now go through your mind-map or brain-dump and pick three to five items that you think you can do in your self-care routine. I’ll give you an example using my brain-dump from before.
So out of the items I wrote down, here are my five items to do in my self-care routine:
- Spa Day (Manicure, Pedicure, Facial, etc)
- Sushi/Pot Stickers
- Disney Classics Marathon
- Talk/Text Friends for Hours
Three of these things I’m already doing during the week, the other two, I forget to make time for and these things get neglected. I talk to my friends, I love Disney, and I am addicted to sushi. But I slowed down on my journaling and neglected treating myself like a princess. I should make myself look and feel pretty for me, even if I’m not going anywhere fancy. Now, you can pick just three things, you can pick five things, and if you want to make it really simple, you just start off with one item on your list to be your self-care routine.
PICK A DAY FOR YOUR NEW SIMPLE ROUTINE: Now that you’ve decided on what to practice for your self-care, pick a day that works best for you. For instance, I feel like the days that work best for me are Fridays and Saturdays. If I’m on vacation or it’s a holiday, I take full advantage of those days as well. If you’re like me, you do everything self-care during your birthday week. Last year, and the year before, I took the entire week of my birthday off, and spent days pampering myself, hanging out with family and friends, and spending time being the big kid that I am with Disney.
I hope today’s post help you get started on your self-care routine. If you ever need help and want to use this post as a guide, feel free to save it so you can go back to it if you need to. Be kind to yourself and to others.
Until next time…