We live in a fast-paced world that where free time has become a luxury. But if we don’t do our best to make the time for ourselves we will be at a risk of burning out, or even worse damaging our health. But how do we do we do this when it seems like everyday something new comes our way and we have to deal with it and at the same time go about our daily chores and workloads. Well, the key is careful planning and putting ourselves first. Dedicating specific times of day, week and month to self-care on multiple levels and not changing or postponing them.
Below listed are some essential routines that can make a difference for both our body and our soul, all you have to do is make an itinerary and fit them in your schedule, you are bound to be surprised with the positive results.
Start your day off with a short meditation
This type of routine won’t take a lot of your time but it can make a huge difference when it comes to the quality of the rest of your day. Not only will it help you steady your mind and be better prepared for the unavoidable amounts of daily stress, but it can also offer a bit of clarity as to what are your priorities that day and how to go about them. A good meditation, be it a short one, can do wonders for your concentration and can get your whole body in balance. So take that half an hour each morning for yourself and feel the difference it can make.
A spa evening once a week
Don’t worry you don’t have to spend tons of money and time to book a spa treatment at a wellness center, you can do it in the comfort of your own home, with a few essential items and a bit of time set aside for just that. Make sure you pamper yourself to the fullest. First of all, put some relaxing music on in the living room, add some additional cushions on the couch and opt for some relaxing fragrances, ideally, choose fragrance oils that are paraben and phthalate free. Now, the next step is to mix a homemade face mask, organic avocado and honey are always great ingredients. So for the first half an hour or so make yourself comfortable in the living room listening to music, enjoying the selected aromas and letting the face mask do its magic, you can read a book or even treat yourself to a glass of wine.
For the next part of the spa day, it is time to move to the bathroom, draw a bubble bath with some lavender and spend some time letting the warm water relax your muscles. Finally, after you have pampered yourself with all the right cremes and lotions, get in bed, with a glass of wine and a good book, you are bound to wake up the next morning relaxed and full of energy. Both your body and mind will be grateful.
Feel the healing power of gratitude
This might seem like a chapter taken out of a self-help book, but if you take a moment to understand the importance of gratitude in your daily life you will be able to make a change for the better. Starting your morning thinking about what is wrong with your life, what you want to change, what you are unable to fix, can set the tone for how you will feel for the rest of that day. Instead take the time to find the things you are grateful for, whether ist having your family and friends, your health or your job.
Think about something good that has happened to you lately and that you are grateful for, and hang on to the positive emotion such a memory brought out, you will be able to start your day with a smile, and that energy will carry you and help you tackle all the challenges that come your way. This is where gratitude really can change your perspective and make that frown turn upside down.
As you can see self-care practices come in many shapes and forms, whether it’s your body or your mind, but the most important thing is for you to make time for them, that is the only way you'll be able to maintain the balance necessary for you to live a long, healthy and happy life.
Sophia Smith is beauty and style blogger, an eco-lifestyle lover and a food enthusiast. She is very passionate about natural skincare, minimalist wardrobe, yoga and mindful living. Sophia writes mostly about beauty-related topics in her articles. She has contributed to a number of publications including: Eco Warrior Princess, Viva Glam Magazine, How to Simplify, Carousel and Cause Artist.