Here’s 5 ways to incorporate self-care into any schedule.
When I first started to get really involved with self-love and self-care, I felt a little overwhelmed and one of my first reactions to something I read was, “Nope. This isn’t for me” because I couldn’t shut my mind off long enough to meditate, I didn’t like tea and I had no time for yoga classes.
The reality is, and what I’ve learnt, is that self-love can be absolutely anything that involves taking time out to care for yourself. Yes, anything.
- Take your morning coffee outside
If you’re anything like me, you can’t properly start off your day without caffeine. Whether it’s a hot cup of coffee or tea, try taking it outside and sitting with yourself for a while. Be sure to only take you and your mug with you (no phones!) and practice some mindfulness.
2. Look at some old photos
I have to admit that this is one of my favourite self-care activities. When I’m feeling especially low and can’t seem to pull myself out of it, I find that taking the time to flick through old photo albums can be so healing. Also, who doesn’t love a bit of nostalgia?
3. Attend a support group
Hear me out on this one… I used to feel incredibly anxious about going to support groups/counselling sessions but they’re one of the best (and arguably most important) forms of self care. The world has modernised and whether you’re a fan of the 21st century, head in phone phenomena, there’s no doubt over the importance of talking. You can find support groups to fit your schedule with a quick Google search. I’d suggest using the Mind website as a starting point. If you’re feeling a little apprehensive, bring a friend along for support!
4. Breathing exercises
I’ve now got into a routine of meditating every morning for around 5-20 minutes but before this became a part of my daily routine, I found it incredibly difficult to shut off and really relax. Something that worked for me, was guided breathing. Rather than jumping straight into meditation (unless you can do that, in which case- good on you!) you could try simple breathing exercises. Take 2-3 minutes in the morning or whilst sitting at your desk, focus on every breath and the way your chest rises and falls. It can be very grounding and refreshing. Give it a go!
5. Keep a journal
What you use this journal for is entirely up to you and as it’s your self-care, it needs to be something that helps you personally. A lot of people find it useful to keep a gratitude journal and this is used as a way to focus on the positives of the day. For me, I like to write to get all the negativity out there. I like to write all of my worries down, my negative thoughts and feelings and simply things that are taking up unnecessary space in my head. I can then look at the page and think “Now I’ve let it out, I don’t need to think about this anymore.” It’s whatever works for you!
Self-care isn’t something you should do ‘if you have the time’, it’s so important that we look after ourselves and I hope this will help you think about the ways you can incorporate a lil’ self-love in your life.
What’s a go-to self-care ritual for you?