Self-care routine ideas (and how to develop one)

Today, we’re talking about developing a self-care routine that's tailored to your needs; I'm gonna give you some self-care routine ideas for inspiration in case you feel like it's time to change things up.


Before we begin, let me say this first: self-care might seem like a very complicated subject - but doesn't need to be. Much like any other mindful habit, self-care habits might take a while to become rooted in your daily routine, but it won't be long until you experience the positive impact in your body, mind, and soul.



How do I start?



If you're feeling overwhelmed by the number of options that are available to you, or you need a bit of guidance as for where and how to start, let me tell you - it's not just you. My advice to you: when things seem complicated, start small. Pick only one idea, or activity and slowly build it into a daily habit. When you feel like you don't have to think about it anymore, and it naturally comes to you, then you're ready to add more steps to your routine.


Now let's dive into it.



Self-care routine ideas to try


Self-care is not only about a healthy body, or mind, or soul - it's about all of them together. So, in this section I've gathered ideas that address all of them; you can pick any of them that resonate with you and your goals, and mix and match them for a more holistic approach.



Body


Our body is a font of knowledge and power; when we attend to the sensations that emerge in it, we are able to make choices that nourish us instead of pushing ourselves to 'just move'.


Consider trying:



Mind


Are you one of those people that simply can't put their brain to sleep? Me too. I know how exhausting it can be. Taking care of your mind, in a meaningful way will really help you to not overwork it.


Here are a few ideas:

  • Meditation

  • Reading

  • Journaling

  • Playing a crossword puzzle


Soul

Let's not forget about the importance of nourishing and healing the soul, as part of our self-care routine. Some ideas that have worked for me, and I'm very happy to share with you, are:

  • Daydreaming

  • Listening to music

  • Taking care of a plant

  • Watching an inspirational talk


How to develop a self-care routing


Now that you have a few ideas you can try, let's talk about how to develop a self-care routine that works for you.


First of all, pick out one idea from each category above that appeals to you; building new habits won't work, unless you find them interesting to begin with. Take a few minutes to choose, and write them down on a piece of paper.


Then, assign each of them to a time of the day; morning, noon, and evening. If you like working out in the morning, put your 'body' activity as part of your morning routine. If you enjoy reading before bed, plan your 'mind' activity for then, and so on. It's better to schedule a specific time as well, rather that leaving it 'for the morning', etc.


Now that you have a schedule for your routine, it's time to write one or two sentences about why you want to practice self-care. It doesn't matter what other people say, if it's a trend, or if experts recommend it (I do, too). The important question is why YOU want to do it; this will also be your motivation in case some days feel more difficult than others.


You are now ready to begin!

Share this with anyone from your friends and family who would benefit from developing a self-care routine.


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