Self care is honestly the most important task in my day and I’ve made it a point to carve out time for myself.
As you know, I’m a huge believer that everyone should take the time every day to focus on themselves. However, most people seem to think that self care just means splurging on expensive face creams and spending hours soaking in a tub. I’m here to tell you (again and again), that it’s not.
While I totally love adding those things into my routine, I find that some of those things aren’t too realistic, at least not on a daily basis.
Right now, my daily self care routine consists of a few small things that add up at the end of the day. Mainly, it’s relaxing on the couch after a busy day of work, listening to music, or simply meditating for 5 or 10 minutes.
Some days, I even take an extra 20 minutes and put on a Mediheal Face Mask and just sit in silence. This type of alone time is a must for me and I’ve developed and perfected a self care routine that works for me over the years.
Self care isn’t optional
Yes, you read that right. It’s almost always free. Of course the monthly massages you get won’t be, but there are little things you can add into your daily life that will check off the self care box easily!
Now, I always recommend creating a set self care routine that you complete every single day so it becomes a habit. You know the whole idea of doing things for 21 days… start there and keep going!
To make things easier for yourself, you can simply write down the steps in your to-do list if you have to and keep it fresh in your mind on a daily basis!
Giving attention to your body and soul should be a non-negotiable task in your schedule every day. If you don’t prioritize it – sooner or later you’ll find yourself feeling overwhelmed and burned out. Believe me when I say I know because I’ve been there more times than I can count.
If you get anything out of reading this post, please let it be this: It’s so important to SCHEDULE your self care routine and guard that time with everything you have.
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Here are 5 simple ways to create low maintenance self care routine:
Carve out time to be creative
What’s something you used to love doing that you don’t have much time for anymore? Is it playing an instrument you have stashed in the back of your closet? Photographing your city’s buildings? Designing flower bouquets with the flowers in your garden? Drawing?
Think of something you love doing that sets your creative soul on fire and make it part of your day (of course, I totally understand that you might not be able to do it every single day, but aim to at least do it a few days a week).
Getting creative gives your conscious mind a much needed rest and allows your unconscious to become a part of your day – this is something so many adults never do and it’s so important to help us recharge our batteries and clear our minds.
Make exercise a priority
If you pick just one item from this list to implement in your self-care routine, make it exercise. A good workout reduces anxiety and lifts your mood instantly and yep, it has the perk of making us look our best, too!
Going to the gym isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but there are so many other ways to incorporate exercise into your day – going for a long walk, a yoga session, or even getting out of your comfort zone and joining a virtual workout class.
Wake up 15 minutes earlier
What’s something you love doing that doesn’t take that much time? Waking up as little as fifteen minutes earlier than you normally to do something that will charge you up for the day ahead can have such a positive impact on your lifestyle.
Fifteen minutes gives you enough time to make yourself a cup of tea, meditate, or take a walk around the block to clear your head.
Spend time outside
Time spent outside is proven to reduce stress, fatigue, and prevent burnout, so make sure you schedule time outside every day! It can be as simple as a short walk around your neighborhood or even cozying up at the park to read a book on weekdays. On weekends, you can do something fun and organize picnics with people you love or go on a hike!
As cliché as it might sound, meditating every day is such a powerful act of self-care. Even if it’s just a ten minute session in the morning or before you head to bed, meditating is proven to reduce stress and help us make better sense of the onrush of feelings and thoughts that pop up throughout the day.
These are just a few ideas for a low maintenance self-care routine! What are other things you love doing to give your body and mind some love?