What does self-care mean to you? It’s may not always bubble baths and sipping some wine after you hit the salon! For me, some days, that is just sitting in a quiet meditation for the 5 minutes of peace I have for myself that day.
The first thing to consider is how much time you have each day to devote to your self-care. Do you have 15 minutes in the morning, and 30 minutes in the evening? Maybe a full hour after you get home from work? Some people like to use a little bit of their lunch break to sneak in a meditation to help them feel grounded while at work. Whatever this is, make sure you schedule it – just as you would any other appointment. You wouldn’t cancel on an important work meeting, so don’t cancel on yourself.
Next you want to consider what you can do with that time. What activities light you up? How can you get creative – is that through movement? Writing?
I have developed both a morning and evening routine. My morning routine consists of a “pump up” style playlist while I get ready, to put me in a good mood to tackle whatever the day throws at me during the work week. I take this routine a bit further on the weekends with softer music, and slowly sipping my coffee with breakfast. More ease, than rushing to get out the door. In the evening, I am all about grounding and realigning after my work day. I might do some gentle yoga, listen to affirmations, meditate and practice Reiki. Sometimes journaling or reading also make it in to my nighttime routine.
You may also want to create a ritual for a specific day of the week as well. I have a “Sacred Sunday” routine to help me wrap up the previous week and prepare for the next. On these days I like to journal out how the week went and implement some changes from what I learned the past week. I also draw a nice bath with candles, essential oils, and epsom salt – where I will sit and read until the water gets cold, usually with some sort of face mask. I also make time to work with my tarot cards and affirmation cards to set the tone for the week.
Start small. You might need a little extra time at first to get situated and work out the kinks. And don’t be so hard on yourself. This is a time of peace and pampering. Nothing will disrupt that more than some bad juju thrown in!
It is essential to remember that these routines can change during different seasons of your life. I like to allot myself about an hour each day to do something for myself. But if you are a busy mom, this might look like 15 minutes of reading a book in the evening after the kids are down to sleep. The important part is that you are doing something for yourself each and every day.
Do you have a routine you use or have you learned something new to implement? Share your thoughts below!