You read that right. You are allowed to have as many moments of self-care as you want throughout the day. For some, it’s indulgent. For others, it’s simple pleasures. The definition of self-care is: “the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s health.” But when we think of self-care, we often think of indulgent shopping, brunches, or spa days. While there isn’t one best way to practice self-care and those things can be a lot of fun, those activities aren’t always realistic.
The intention of self-care is to address which areas of your life may need more attention than others. Are you taking care of your health? What about your physical, social, and emotional health?
So reflect on your day and think about what you do to preserve or improve your health. What do you do for yourself when you’re running on fumes or need a quick pick-me-up? There are many activities that can be considered as self-care that don’t require anything more than yourself and a little bit of time. Here are some of the fit team’s favorite ways to incorporate quick and easy self-care into your routine:
- Change up your nighttime routine to make time for some music or a relaxing bath.
- Video call a friend or family member.
- Make your bed in the morning.
- Take a leisurely walk with no destination.
Does that seem like something too simple or something you already do? Maybe you want something a little more special. We understand the need for something that makes a long day less stressful. When you reframe the self-care concept, it’s important to try different things during the week so you can find a routine that fits your schedule and recharges you at the same time. A few of our favorite “mid-level” self-care activities are:
- Try a new yoga flow or meditation technique.
- Use a new product in the bath or shower (or try a homemade facial mask!).
- Write in a gratitude journal in the morning or before bed.
- Read or listen to a book or some music for an hour.
Remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to self-care. It has to change and evolve with you, and that’s the best part of it. Your self-care needs are as unique as you are, and will change as your situations change. No matter your situation, you deserve to have at least one moment of peace in your day. You wouldn’t let your friend run themselves down, so why would you run yourself down? How are you finding the time to take care of yourself?
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