This is a question that I got not too long ago that actually stumped me for a second.
Like what do you mean practice self care BETTER? How do you practice it badly?
It didn’t take me long, though to feel like a butt because of course there is always improvement for everything in our lives!
But it’s rude for me to assume that people naturally know what good self care is!
Just because someone gets onto Pinterest and finds some self care ideas doesn’t mean that they fully appreciate what it means to put yourself first.
For my ignorance, I’m sorry!
This post definitely made me think in a new way, which is usually a good thing! I think I got some pretty tips for ya!
6 ways to practice self care better
1 // Carving specific time for your self care
It’s not enough to simply say I’m going to give myself some me-time this week! If there’s no plan after that than is it really going to happen??
Really? How many times have you thought to yourself that something will get done only to find a million other things fill up your time?
If you’re serious about your self care than make it an appointment!
Put it in your phone, calendar, day planner, sticky notes to your significant other! Make a time and stick to it! Tuesdays at 7 will be my self care time!
Or 20 minutes every morning and evening at 8 o’clock!
Every other Saturday! Whatever! I personally feel that self care should be practiced everyday but things like kids and naturalness of life tends to get in the way!
Just make sure that you set an appointment with yourself and be sure to keep it!
2 // Treat this time reverently
Just like making sure that you keep the appointment with yourself, do your best to make sure that everyone around you knows about it too! Unless it’s an emergency, nothing should distract you from your time.
And that means that YOU can’t ignore it! Take your mental health seriously.
3 // Eliminate distractions
Following with the last point, plan your self care without distractions!
Such as your phone or chores. I know that this one can be very challenging because let’s be honest, our entire lives can be one giant distraction! Distractions will be different for all of us but it’s important to try and forget about those for just a little while.
4 // Be fully present
Don’t think about the future and don’t get caught up in the past.
Be fully focused on YOU!
I know that this can be INSANELY difficult! Especially if you have kids, spouse, house work, or work work! But the whole point of self care is to fill your cup back up again.
Do your best to just tune it all out and pay attention to you.
Some ways to do this are:
- Make sure everyone knows that you’re doing your routine and unless it’s serious, they should leave you alone.
- Put everything that could distract you out of reach
- Practice changing your mindset to allow you to put that stuff on the backburner, just for a bit.
5 // It’s YOUR self care
Make sure that you’re doing what you want to do! Whatever fills your soul back up.
Don’t try and force yourself into a box just because it might be popular.
Like journalling is really a great way to practice self care bbbuuuttt it is something that I can just not get into!
6 // Stop the guilt
I know there are dishes in the sink, laundry that needs to be put away, or business thing that needs done BUT I’m important too.
Repeat that yo yourself!
I;m important too!
Several times if you need to!
You are so important and all those other areas of your life, like being a mom or a partner, or even an employee will thank you for it! Because you’ll be able to keep pouring in your best self.
So stop feeling guilty about doing something for you and enjoy it!
Recommended reads JUST for YOU!
Being able to get the most out of your time is always a good thing! Take these tips and get yourself some self care!
Tell me below what your favorite self care method is! I love reading! So Much! Books are such a great little haven for me that fuels my soul!
All the best.