Every day, we should all practice some form of self-care. It can be something small or a day-long affair. The important thing is to do something, anything, that takes you away from the day-to-day busyness of your life and replenishes your inner self.
Self-care can take many forms. Today I'd like to share with you some ideas on how to design your self-care routine so that you can easily make it a part of your daily life.
Types of self-care
Before we start creating your self-care routine, let's take a look at the types of self-care and some different ideas for each.
Mini self-care rituals
Mini self-care rituals are a great addition to your daily routine. These help you from getting overwhelmed with your daily work. They only need to take a few minutes of your time. Depending on the kind of day you're having, you might want to add several of these into your day.
Here are a few ideas for you to try:
- 5-minute walk around your neighborhood
- 5-minute meditation
- Stretches or a short yoga session
- Read while you enjoy a cup of your favourite drink
- Quick shower
- Cuddle with your pets
- Watch the sunset or sunrise
Rejuvenating self care rituals
Enjoying some longer self-care rituals is also key to keeping a healthy spirit and staying grounded. It's a good idea to add some of these rituals to your routine on a weekly or monthly basis.
Here are some ideas that I invite you to try out:
- Manicure and/or pedicure
- Solo coffee date at your favourite coffee shop
- Practice the Miracle Morning
- Make a vision board
- Go to a park and be a kid again
- Take a nice long bath, preferably with Epsom salts + essential oils
Ultimate self-care rituals
Even if you are consistent in your daily and weekly self-care rituals, there comes a point when you need something a bit bigger. Something that will be sure to give you the reset you need to move forward with accomplishing your goals.
A weekend retreat, alone or with friends, where you bring with you zero responsibilities, is the ultimate self-care ritual.
You can use this time on hobbies you love that you don't have time to do during your regular day-to-day. Or you can do absolutely nothing but enjoy your own company with a pile of good books, a day filled with naps, good food, and walks.
This is something I do on a yearly basis with a few close friends. Together we rent a cottage here on our beautiful Island and spend the long weekend in September creating art, having deep and meaningful conversations, and walks on the beach.
The important part of a self-care retreat is that you disconnect from your day-to-day responsibilities. You may feel some guilt about doing this, but I invite you to do some journaling about your feelings. And talk to your partner about this so they can get on board and help you make it happen.
Personally, this is something I won't give up. It is something my soul needs. My partner is supportive of my weekend retreats, even though he tries to make it seem like he won't survive without me. But, in all our years together, he and the kids are still alive, so he does okay.
I do realize that not all of us have this luxury, but if you can get away for even just one night, you'll reap the benefits of that time for many months to come.
Developing your routines
It's great to want to practice self-care for ourselves, but honestly, without some sort of plan in place to remind yourself to do this, it may not happen at all. The days will fly by and you won't have given any thought to looking after your own needs.
Choose different self-care rituals you'd like to incorporate into your life and plan them out. Make sure you choose some from each of the 3 categories I described above. Put them in your calendar, set reminders, use whatever method works for you.
To help you with this, I designed for you a Self-Care Rituals free printable. This 2-page printable includes a list of ideas for you to try and a routine tracker to help you plan them out. You can find it as part of the Life Design Library!
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