Women are global thinkers, multi-taskers often called upon to juggle multiple balls in the air to keep the lives of those around us running smoothly. C’mon. Who are we kidding? We thrive on the chaos and like to think of ourselves as indestructible. But, the reality is, even a superhero needs to throw that cape in the washer every now and then and take timeout from saving the planet to take care of herself.
What is Self Care?
It’s like the flight attendants always say: Put your own oxygen mask on first and then help others with theirs. Translation: We are no good to ourselves or anybody else if our own physical, spiritual and emotional reserves are running on empty.
Taking time for self-care is not a guilty pleasure or frivolous indulgence. Recharging the mind, body and soul is critical to our wellbeing. A few minutes of focus on ourselves and our needs will boost our energy level, sharpen our focus and keep us centered and clear to manage whatever the world throws at us next.
The key to self-care is to find activities that are personally uplifting. Anything that puts a spring in your step, a smile on your face, or a song in your heart will do. Here are a few self-care ideas to get you started.
Creative Ideas to Enrich the Mind
Read a Book: Dust off that kindle or book on the nightstand and pick up where you left off. Make it a goal to try to read a little bit every day.
Research Something New: Take a moment to surf the web and research a topic of interest that you know nothing about. Keep that brain alert by infusing it with some new fascinating, new information.
Clean Out Your Email Inbox: You’d be amazed how mentally satisfying it is to get rid of old business and start fresh.
Check Off That Small Task That Has Been Bugging You: Fix a small annoyance at home that you’ve been meaning to get to forever. Whether it’s cleaning off the dining room table or finally sewing on that button, you’ll feel a sense of satisfaction.
Watch a Documentary: Take an hour or two and flip on a documentary that will enlighten and inform.
De-clutter Your Space: Clean out one really messy drawer. De-cluttering your living space is a real stress buster.
Practice Yoga: Get thee to a yoga class to clear your head and get your Zen on.
Take a Course: Check out a class at your local community college to explore a subject you’ve always wanted to learn more about.
Do Something Just Because You Want to: Be a little bit selfish and do something just because you want to.
Take Time to Unplug: Unplug from all your electronics for an hour. No bings or rings. Grab your favorite tea and relax without interruption. Or lie back and watch the clouds. While your phone is recharging, so will you.
Wellness Tips to Strengthen and Pamper the Body
Relax With a Massage: Head to the spa and treat yourself to a professional massage and feel the stress melt away.
Try Deep Breathing Exercises: Oxygenate your body with deep breathing exercises. Breathe into your abdomen and let the air into your stomach and chest. Then exhale. Try this several times to instill a sense of calm into your body.
Try a Fun, New Workout Class: Even if you are a gym regular, it’s always great to shake it up by moving your body in a different way.
Treat Yourself to a Personal Training Session: Change up your exercise routine and get personalized recommendations to help you take your workout to new heights.
Take a Mid-Day Walk: Break up your workday by taking a short walk to clear your head and stretch out those muscles.
Make One Small Diet Change This Week: Drink an extra glass of water each day, or have an extra portion of veggies each meal.
Take 10 Minutes to Dance: Turn on your favorite music and dance for a few minutes to relieve stress and get the blood flowing.
Take a Nap: Snuggle up in bed or your favorite couch and take a nap. Even a few minutes of sleep can leave you feeling refreshed and ready for action.
Stretch it Out: Whether you are at home or at work, take a moment to step away from the computer and give those cramped body parts a good stretch. Aaaah.
Refresh Your Skin With a Facial: Create a skin care regimen that includes regular facials.
Self Care Tips to Inspire the Soul
Enjoy Something Funny: Nothing soothes the soul like laughter. It really is the best medicine.
Take a workout class with a friend: Comradery and fun, the best of all workout worlds.
Express Yourself Creatively: Exert your creative energy in a way you haven’t done for a while. Adult coloring books are all the rage.
Call Someone You’ve Missed: Pick up the phone and call someone you’ve been missing and meaning to reconnect with.
Perform a Simple Kindness for a Stranger: Hold open a door for someone a few extra steps behind you or pay the toll for the next car. The good you put in the world will positively impact your spirit.
Write in a Journal: Take a moment to write in your journal. Let it all out without judgement. Then read it over. Seeing it in writing can give you a whole new clarity.
Let Go of Anger: Toxic emotions can keep us from being our best selves. Forgive yourself or someone else and feel the lightness of moving on.
Treat Yourself to a Date—With Yourself: Spend an hour alone doing something that nourishes you like watching a sunset or visiting a museum. Enjoy your own company.
Thank Someone Positive in Your Life: Become aware of the impact that positive people have on your mood, energy, and outlook. Take a moment to write a thank you card to someone who brings you light, just because.
Take a Bath: Soak in a hot bath filled with soothing essential oils. Your mind, body and soul will thank you.
Self-care is about loving and appreciating yourself and understanding that sometimes we need to come to a full and complete stop before we can go full speed ahead. Add these self-care tips to your own list. Once you’ve replenished your resources, you’ll be a guardian of the galaxy again before you know it.
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