Self care is so important to living the life you want to create. I'm sure you can think of several moments in time when because you didn't take very good care of yourself, you didn't feel very good; maybe you took it out on others (like I did) or maybe you just felt pretty blah all the time.
I've been there. I was there for a long time.
Eventually though, I learned how to put myself first (without dismissing others!) and how to make self care a priority (as I've mentioned in this post recently)
Here are the Top 11 Self Care Rituals I use all the time to keep myself spiritually and physically happy.
1.) Bath Time
I know this sounds like a kid thing but seriously, taking a nice hot shower or bath at the end of the day not only gets us physically clean but it also is so spiritually uplifting that it has actually changed my mood around. I love to use yummy smelling body washes and shampoos, and afterwards, lotions. It just feels good!
2.) Waking Up Slowly with Morning Coffee
That first sip of coffee in the morning is always so uplifting and nothing is quite as motivating, it seems. I like to have a cup while I'm waking up and checking social media or reading emails. Waking up slowly is the most peaceful way to start the day, rather then rushing about. When we're rushed, we're frenetic and that doesn't make us feel good. When we wake up slowly we are cultivating inner peace.
3.) Watching Favorite Shows or Movies
There is nothing quite like feeling down in the dumps and then catching your favorite episode of a beloved show, especially a sitcom. For me, it's How I Met Your Mother - it literally makes me laugh every time I watch it and as the saying goes, laughter is the best medicine! It helps keep up a positive mindset.
4.) Getting Out in Nature
The soft, slow sound of a flowing river, a sweet cool breeze through the trees, caressing your skin, the nighttime starry sky, a walk through the park, a day at the beach...these are some of my personal favorite ways to get out in nature. Getting out in and connecting with nature brings us back to ourselves, and can settle our souls and busy minds. Take a journal and your favorite pen outside somewhere quiet and write out your thoughts. You'll feel so much better I promise!
5.) Taking Naps
Sometimes we get so drained that we need to make time to rest; a short nap can help us feel re-energized, can be re-motiviating and can help you re-focus. Check out this article about naps from The Sleep Foundation.
6.) Exercise and Diet
Of course, one of the most obvious ways to care for ourselves is to literally care for our bodies. While for some people (me!) it can be hard to get motivated, it always feels great after a work out or a healthy meal. It puts us in a good mood (or at least a better one!) and is a great way to raise up to a positive vibration. Too much icky food or not enough exercise can make us feel groggy and heavy. And nobody wants that!
7.) Reading a Good Book
I love getting lost in a good book, either fiction or non-fiction. From an old favorite to a new spiritual or personal growth book, reading is always uplifting, and can settle my mind. Plus, reading before bed can make you sleepy and help you fall asleep better (at least in my own experience.) Plus nourishing our minds is just as important as nourishing our bodies!
8.) Spending Time With Positive People
While alone time is very important for a self care routine, spending too much alone can bring us back down again. Get out of the house for a little while and meet the most upbeat, positive friend you have for coffee - you'll be bound to soak up their positive energy which will in turn make you feel pretty good!
I mentioned journalling in #4 but you don't always have to go outside to do it. You can also play some soft music (or whatever you find spiritually uplifting), light some candles, make some tea and write away! I recommend journalling when you have at least a half hour or so to be alone. Interruptions can make you forget your chain of thought or take you out of the zone.
10.) Taking a Drive
This one is coming from the girl who didn't drive until she was 25 because she was too scared to learn (me!). In the years since I've overcome that fear, I have learned that driving and listening to favorite music is a great way to clear your head, or come up with new ideas, or work through a problem. It's also a great way to squeeze in some personal alone time. Just make sure to drive safe and not get too lost in thought!
11.) Fill in Your Planner
Or get a planner and fill it in. Seeing all the things you have coming up can help you realize how full your life actually is (though if it's too full you can feel overwhelmed! Make sure to prioritize self care and do some of the things on this list. Even schedule it into your planner!) and once you see how full your life actually is, you'll smile and say, hey, I have a lot to look forward to! (even stuff like dentist appointments etc have a positive aspect - your overall health!)
So there you have it. Some of the very best ways to care for yourself. Now go try some and feel good about yourself!
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