If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, self care is important! It can be hard to find time to take care of ourselves in the busy world we live in, but believe me when I say you absolutely can not pour from an empty glass. Regardless of who you are and what you do, it is vital to refuel and recharge when we start to feel down in the dumps, so I’ve come up with ten more ways to practice self care that are easy, simple, and anyone can do without taking too much time out of our hectic lives.
Ten More Ways to Practice Self Care
1. Get Moving!
Take a quick break and stop what you’re doing to get the blood pumping, whether its going for a walk, hitting the gym, or banging out some squats while you wait for the pasta to boil for dinner, exercise has been proven to make you feel better.
2. Write a List.
I’m a huge fan of list making in the sense that is makes me feel organized and in super control of my life, even if that list is just a note on the fridge saying what foods little dude is actually eating this week, list making helps clear the mind and give you a sense of productivity.
3. Take a Shower (or Bath.)
As of late Little Dude has gotten into the habit of showering with me, its efficient and a good way to conserve water but, I was solely lacking on my five minutes to recharge every night after bedtime. The last few nights I’ve switched the script and handed Little Man off to the husband who he adores, and have taken advantage of showering in silence for five minutes before ending the day and it was glorious. Something about hot water and silence really does wonders with refueling the soul, and I highly recommend when you’re feeling stuck to take a shower or bath if that’s your thing.
4. Eat Breakfast at the Table.
I’m not a morning person, breakfast is usually eaten at work with my work kiddos, while getting our school work together and managing the tiny tornado of chaos that comes with our day. It isn’t usually a zen time for me, but recently I woke up a little early and gave eating breakfast at the table a try, and for one thing I wasn’t starving by the time I got to work, and I just felt calm. Take the time to eat your breakfast in the morning while you just sit and wake up, it will really set your day off to a great start without getting hangry.
This one can be tough because obviously you want to be connected with society, but I’m telling you out the phone away for a few hours and just chill. Self care is all about refueling and recharging, and sometimes our brains just need to disconnect from the online world. Make that awesome dinner you’ve always dreamed off, work on those knitting projects that are half done, or just be. It’s easy to see the correlation between stress and technology, especially with the constant bombardment of advertisements and who’s doing what of social media, but if yo truly want to recharge, take a break from it all and see what’s in front of you, not in front of the screen.
6. Light a Candle.
This one is stupid easy and almost immediately puts me in a good mood. I keep a big jar candle right above my desk and light it from time to time when I’m working or when Little Man absolutely destroys his diaper, either way within minutes of lighting it and smelling it, I’m already working towards my most zen space. Our senses are a wonderful thing and I think sometimes we forget just how soothing certain scents can be for us. Self care can be as simple as smelling some good stuff, never underestimate the simplicity of a candle.
7. Change Your Socks.
This one I like to attribute to my years in the military, but I swear to you when you’re cranky and you have wet socks, you are immediately 100% crankier. I can’t tell you how putting on a clean dry pair of socks is an amazing sense of comfort and relief after a hard day in the field, or just a tough day with a toddler. This can be taken to a metaphoric level as well, you don’t literally have to change your socks, but consider switching up a small part of your daily routine for something different and you may find you’ve gotten out of whatever weird groove you were in.
8. Call Your Mom.
I am so blessed to have my mom in my life, for all the times I’m just kind of bleh and need a pick me up, or want a real adults opinion on something, I give her a call and just feel like everything will be fine. It doesn’t have to be your mom, but give someone you love a call and just let that sense or familiarity and human bond give you that needed pick me up to get through the day. We are social creatures, never underestimate the power of conversation to make you feel at peace.
9. Clean Out the Car.
This is always a big one for me personally, because I know when I am struggling as a human directly correlates to the disaster inside of my mini van. I always feel so put together and proud when I take the time to get all seventeen sippy cups and travel mugs out of my van, clean out the trash, and actually see the floor for a change. If you have a place that tends to get messy when you start to get mentally drained, do yourself the favor and clean it out. For me self care is about not only my physical and mental well being, but the well being of my surroundings as well.
10. Simplify, Simplify, Simplify.
This is a really great skill I’ve been working on since I entered adulthood, but learning to simplify in every aspect of life really is a huge part of self care for me. I’m learning to say no when I need to, or to at least ask for five minutes to think before accepting a new task or commitment. Recently I stumbled across a saying that went something along the lines of self care is about living a life you don’t need to escape from, and that really resonated with me because for a very long time I was constantly over stretched and living for the light at the end of the tunnel that just wasn’t there. Once I realized my game plan of always saying yes was causing me to be burn out all the time, I started simplifying and honestly haven’t looked back since.
Self Care is Important!
So rounding up the post here, but if I’ve learned anything in the nearly two years of being a mom, it is that self care is important! You have to take care of yourself just as much as you do the kiddos and everyone else in your life. What other self care ideas would you add to the list? Share in the comments below!