Tuesday, 25 August 2020

How To Create A Self-Care Routine

This year I'm making a conscious effort to dedicate more time to self-care. Yet, if you're anything like me then life, work, the fact time seems to be zooming by, and all our other commitments, all can get in the way of self-care. I can feel in the last few weeks with back to work, self-care has slipped off my radar. It's now time to get back to the basics and create a new routine. Here is how to create a self-care routine and more importantly stick to it.
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“Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you.” - Katie Reed

1. What does self-care mean to you?

A big part of self-care for me is using it as something to make me feel happy and less stressed. Self-care encompasses so many different areas, including meeting our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs.

By doing something every day to focus on the mind, it's allowing your brain just to stop thinking about everything and focus on the now. If we do something every day to focus on our body, we have more energy, more nutrients, which will, in turn, improve your overall wellbeing.
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2. Listen to your body

Just listen to yourself, and you will be able to figure out what you need at that moment.

Do you always sleep when you are tired? Life can get in the way of a good nights sleep, and this will have a massive impact long term on your wellbeing.

Sometimes, you might just need to download, so maybe a chat with your friend. Or you may need to disconnect completely. Or even better, go for a workout or yoga session. Yoga with Adriene is brill if you can't get to a class.

3. What areas do you want to focus on?

I've started to eat better too. We have been focusing more on meal prepping and batch cooking. No more rushing to Sainsbury's for a ready meal or a sneaky pizza. Unless it's planned, of course!

I also want to focus on mindfulness. I found reading Ruby Wax's Frazzled a handy guide. There are loads of apps, such as 3 Minute Mindfulness, if you fancy trying it and aren't sure you have the time to commit.

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Here are some things you might want to incorporate into your daily routine:

1. Get your mindset ready

There is little point scheduling in time for self-care if you spend the entire time worrying that you have something else to do.

For me, a massive part of self-care is getting myself organised. I can get myself into all sorts of disorganised chaos by not organising my time correctly.

If I feel chaotic, I start to feel overwhelmed, and nothing gets done. Then my anxiety starts going into overdrive.

I've spent the past few days creating colour-coded 'to-do' lists, and doing things that will save me time like meal prepping. Now, I can see a bit more clearly what I have to do and where I have time to fit in self-care.

I also find that journaling helps me to 'download' my thoughts, as I use it as a 'brain dump'.

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2. Get your space ready

Similar to getting your mindset ready, your space needs to be too.

You want your space to feel as calming and relaxing as possible. Otherwise, you won't be focused on self-care if you're too busy thinking the place is a mess. Next thing you know you've spent the next two hours tidying!

Have a look around. Do you need to declutter? Do you need to organise your belongings? I've written a post on Five areas to declutter for a more simple life, if that may help.

I love Marie Kondo. If you haven't read it, I would recommend her book' The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up'. She also has a series called 'Tidying Up with Marie Kondo' on Netflix. I LOVE IT!

Also, think about your phone. Can you have a digital detox? Switch off and unnecessary distractions and switch your phone to silent.

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Setting up a self-care routine.

1. Schedule "me time". 

Block out time in your calendar. Experiment by taking say 10 minutes per day to focus on your mind and another 10 minutes for the body.

Spending a small amount of time each day one self-care can quickly be built upon. That way, you can see what works for you.

2. It is essential once you've created your self-care routine that you dedicate the specified time to it. 

Remember, a routine is necessary so that it becomes a habit. If something is a habit, we are more likely to do it.

“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” - John C. Maxwell

What does your self-care routine look like?
I'd love to hear down below.

Lots of love,

Helen x

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