by Bunny Urick
Life can be a bit esoteric sometimes—if not all the time if you’re a daydreamer like me. It’s a journey that can not be predicted or planned for, and in the end we all can only do our best to get through the many highs and lows life provides us.
Daily self-care habits can help us get through the constant changes.
What is self-care? Self-care is a deliberate and self-initiated act, which benefits the individual in a positive and healthy way. Self-care works as preventative medicine for your mind, body, and soul. When we practice self-care consistently, we build up a wellness reserve in our bodies and minds.
With our constantly changing and evolving society that continues to make supportive communities difficult to foster, self-reliance and care is becoming increasingly important. Even if you are lucky enough to be in a supportive community, having daily self-care rituals helps keep you strong and supportive in you own and others’ difficult times.
Think of it this way: You have a glass and your well-being is measured by the amount of water in it. If you are not feeling well and do not care for yourself, the water gets low, and continues to decline. If you consistently take better care of yourself, the water in your glass stays high and will continue to be replenished. When life obstacles “unbalance” you, your glass loses water. The more self-care you practice the less water your glass will lose. The less self-care you practice, the more this imbalance can cause you pain. It is much easier to bounce back from an unplanned life event if you have a full cup, rather than if you are already running on empty.
Though these actions are specific to each individual, I’ve listed some of my own examples of self-care:
- Waking up early enough to set a daily goals and to-dos
- Having a nutritious breakfast for energy for the rest of the day
- Illustrating my feelings in my notebook
- Being active for at least an hour a day to manage anxiety
- Practicing meditation and breathing exercises to manage stress
- Being mindful and practicing appreciation and gratitude
- Spending some time with a friend or calling one each day
- Washing my face and brushing my teeth at night
- Taking a long hot bath as a means of reward at the end of a long hard work week
These are only a few examples of some of my self-care practices. Different things help each person relax, feel good, and feel healthier and cared for.
Now, explore how you can set your own daily self-care habits and rituals.
Take a few minutes to think about your day-to-day schedule. Are you getting up after you hit snooze three times? Running to work without a bite? Fueling on coffee and sugar all day and crashing when you get home? Have you been keeping track of your to-dos and schedules? Write out each detail from morning to evening. Without judgment, examine it carefully.
See where you could make improvements that are beneficial to you. Find where you can move, limit, eliminate or expand things. If there are things you want to do every day, but have been putting them off, now is the time to do them. Start small by doing little things each day that leave you feel accomplished.
With small consistent changes we can foster great transformations. Try using some of the self-care habits listed above and comment below with some of your own.
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