I remember a time when self care didn't even cross my mind. It seemed like I always had far too much on to even think about myself, which wasn't a good place to be in.
Once I made some changes, self care became inevitable as I realised time wasn't the issue, my mindset was.
The truth is that no matter how busy you are there'll always be opportunities for you to create time for self care. Also, self care activities are relative to what individuals enjoy and consider as “pampering” themselves.
But one thing remains true, having time is not the issue.
We all have a morning routine. Even if your morning routine consists of jumping out of bed, getting a shower and then quickly rushing out the door to work.
Since we all have a morning routine, it makes sense to take advantage of it as an opportunity for self care. For example, eat a healthier breakfast, do a little exercise, meditate, write a morning journal.
All these things don't have to take long, and if you feel as though you don't have the time in the mornings, there's a simple solution.
Get up earlier!
We can control when we wake up in the morning with alarms, therefore, we control the amount of time we can dedicate to a morning routine. Even if you have to go to sleep earlier the night before, it's worth it so that you can take proper care of yourself and start the day feeling good and fresh.
Also, going to sleep earlier could be another way to take advantage of self care!
Organise Your Lifestyle Choices
I firmly believe that we control our lives and destinies through the choices and decisions we make. Therefore, you can organise and edit your lifestyle choices to provide yourself with better self care.
For example, choosing to go for a run instead of binge watching your favourite new series on Netflix! We're all victim to lazing around watching TV now and again, but those times offer opportunities to improve your health and wellbeing.
There are obvious lifestyle choices that have a negative impact on our wellbeing, such as smoking and drinking too much alcohol. If you fall victim to these kinds of habits, then a great way to deepen your self care journey would be to tackle those issues first.
Quitting smoking for good can make you feel amazing and prove to yourself that you can achieve anything you set your mind to.
You can get proactive about the lifestyle choices you'd like to make. For example, choosing to take up a new health and wellness schedule that includes meditation, exercise, mindfulness and nutritional dieting.
Invest in Yourself
There are various ways to invest in yourself, but every way leads you to a new and improved version of you. Investing in yourself can be many things, such as saying “no” once in a while to other people.
If you don't want to be rushed off your feet all the time, you can invest in yourself and your time by saying “no” more often to others. Self care can be a great tool for stopping people taking advantage of us.
Don't be afraid to pamper yourself. Why shouldn't you spend the extra amount to purchase your favourite food, drink, bath salts and so on? Letting go of past conditioning and thinking you can't take extra care of yourself is truly liberating.
For a lot of people, the investment comes from meditation apps. Some people find it difficult to meditate without being guided, so they use apps such as “Headspace” or “Calm” (popular mindfulness meditation apps).
What could you invest in that would make you feel more calm, relaxed and peaceful in your everyday life? Could it be a weekly massage? Sporting activities with friends? A monthly vacation?
Wrapping things up…
Overall, I believe that we all have the time needed to take better care of ourselves. By editing your morning routine, making better lifestyle choices and investing in yourself, you can start to put yourself first and feel more content in life.
Remember, your choices and decisions sculpt the lifestyle that you lead, your level of self care is in your hands.
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