Do you ever forget to take care of yourself?
For anyone who's been looking for a good reason to treat yourself, you probably don't do it often enough. Self-care routine can be Monday, Tuesday, Friday, or whenever your heart desires.
There's no set prescription of how or when to do it. You should take time every day to do something for yourself.
Putting "me time" on the back burner is a big part of why we can all feel run-down, frenzied and overwhelmed. In our opinion, it's slowing down and focusing small gestures and actions of loving-kindness towards your personal spiritual self.
Self-care helps us sharpen our mental and physical health through better self-esteem, stress management, and overall well-being.
It's taking care of our mental state, our body, and our emotions.
For us, it means to slow down and mindfully sipping on a cup of tea, practice yin yoga, and mindfully spending quality time with loved ones. It's our favorite weekend routine, since we grind Monday-Friday.
Tiny Self-Care Ideas for the Mind (and not just weekends.)
1. Make sleep part of your self-care routine.
Sleep can have huge effect on how you feel both emotionally and physically.
2. Eat healthy! Take care of yourself by taking care of your gut.
Your gut health can have significant impact on your health, well-being, and feelings of vitality. The types of foods you eat crucially impact the bacteria that live in your stomach, contribute to weight gain or diseases.
3. Accept that it can be okay to say no.
Learning to say no is really hard; many of us feel obligated to say yes when someone ask us for our time and energy. I'm guilty as charged for that, but overtime I've learned to politely say no and not be a victim of being zapped of unnecessary energy.
4. Take care of yourself by decluttering, tidying and organizing.
Clutter is stress-inducing. Nobody needs piles of unnecessary stuff invading their space. By decluttering your space and keeping your area sacred, you will have a relaxing and calming affect.
5. Practice Yin-Yoga, Meditative Practice for your body, heart and mind.
This is one we do almost every night! Yin yoga uses floor poses held in stillness, allowing these passive long holds (3-5mins), to strengthen our mind and hydrates our joints. This practice unwinds tension in the body while being in stillness as if you're mediating.
6. Plant Care is Self Care.
There's nothing nourishing than bringing life into your space. Plants can be your therapy. Watching something you care for grow and thrive due to your own effort is absolutely rewarding for mental health and confidence.
Whether you decide you go for a walk, read a book, light a candle, sip on some wine, take a hot bath, or enjoy a good Netflix...taking self-care time is imperative.
The more you can work on self-care time into your schedule, the better you're able to grow, find balance, enjoy life, and thrive!