If you want to live a full + productive life, self-care definitely needs to be part of your lifestyle. Self-care can take many forms and depending on what's going on in your life, it can take 2 minutes or an entire weekend.
I believe in mixing it up, with daily, small self-care actions and some longer self-care sessions for yourself throughout the year. If you want ideas on fitting self-care into your life, check out my free download - Self-Care Rituals - available in the Life Design Library. You can access it for free HERE!
It's not just about what you do, but also where you do it
Today's post isn't about what kind of self-care to add to your routine, but what kind of space you might like to create for yourself. Sneaking away for a quick walk or hiding from the kids in the bathroom for 5 minutes can be all you need sometimes, but having a space that is yours and yours alone can have tremendous benefits.
But creating that space can have its challenges. I have this dream one day of having my own "she-shed". How wonderful would it be to have a little building completely separate from the house that is my own? Somewhere to escape and recharge my batteries.
If you can make a space like this for yourself, please do it!! But this is probably not readily available to many of us. So what else can you do to create self-care space for yourself? Here are a few ideas for you.
1) Make use of an unused room in your home
Again, this might not be a viable idea for many of us, but it might just be an option if you think outside the box. For instance, my self-care space which is my art studio, is actually a small storage room in the basement. I actually eyed up that space when we first bought our home and claimed it for myself.
Do you have a small storage room you can clear out to make it yours? You might need to do some rearranging of things and this might be a great opportunity to do some decluttering.
You might also have kids who recently moved out and you can revamp their old bedroom to create your own sanctuary.
If these choices aren't available to you, read on!
2) Use a corner of your bedroom
Having a corner of your bedroom dedicated to your self-care is a great place to start if space is limited for you. Having a small storage cart is ideal for keeping your self-care items in one place. You can keep in it your favourite books and favourite pampering supplies, like nail polish, lotions, and at-home facial products.
I have one in my bedroom and I keep all my favourite planning supplies + small craft projects. Planning supplies you say? Yes, because planning for me is self-care and my happy place. But that's for another post!
If you have the space, you might also want to consider adding a comfortable chair as well. There are many options here, from hammock chairs to bean bag chairs. There might even be a chair in your home somewhere that you can use. Just choose something that you will enjoy relaxing in.
3) Don't forget the extras!
Creating a space you'll love spending time in should bring you joy. A comfortable chair in a corner might be all you need, or all you have the room for.
But regardless of where you create this space, consider adding some extra little things to make it more enjoyable.
Some things you might want to consider - a diffuser, natural soy candles, framed pictures, or trinkets that bring you joy.
It's all about YOU
Whatever you choose to add to your space, choose things that make you feel peaceful + grounded. It's your space, so make it your own!
You want it to be special and a place you'll want to come to when you need to recharge.
Do you have a space for self-care in your home? Let me know in the comments or send me an email at [email protected]. I'd love to hear from you!
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