“Self-care needs to be a part of your daily routine”
How many times have you heard someone say something along those lines to encourage you to take a breather?
…probably a lot or you have said it yourself to friends and family who you see might benefit from making that a priority. However, let’s be real for a second, how many of us make self-care a part of our wellness routine consistently?
If this is something new to you where you have little to no history with self-care or you are like me where you fall off the wagon occasionally – this post is definitely for you.
It is important to do things that push you out of your comfort zone in baby steps so that it does not trigger other feelings such as anxiety, depression and self-care for a lot of people can do just that. Self-care is often misunderstood and mislabeled in society to the point where it’s pursuit for a lot of
people is shameful and seen as selfish.
Here are three (3) steps to start the process of self-care:
Set attainable goals for yourself
While getting into the habit of consistent self-care is a positive thing; the process can take you through a road that still offers up bumps of self-doubt, the sting of failure and the pressure of time. That is why it is important to not fall into the trap where taking care of yourself becomes another item on your checklist that never gets checked off because the focus is too wide for you to tackle any of the goals set. You can pencil in 10 mins for any activity like walking or a face mask and build up to that spa date eventually – just like Rome was not built-in a day – turning self-care into a habit will not happen overnight.
Allow yourself moments of joy
Small acts that give you joy should be indulged in to rejuvenate your senses and re-focus your energy. It doesn’t have to be anything big but could be as simple as painting your nails, catching up on reading something just for fun, an impromptu dance party, going for a walk, playing with your pets – once it brings a smile to your face – do it!
Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
As someone who have allowed my cup to get empty before to the point where my health suffered tremendously, I highly recommend asking for help. There is a fear associated with asking for help sometimes due to a lack of people you can trust or just the feeling that you may come off as weak. Asking for help especially when it relates to self-care reveals a strength in you that you should be proud of. It shows you are wise and brave enough to recognize limitations and fill those gaps with resources available to you. Whether it is a health professional, family, friend, religious mentors – ask for help and do not allow fear to keep you in a cage that veils you from the freedom that comes with being the best you possible.
The most important step is to start. One step at a time, no matter how small, is all it takes to embark on a path that will surely lead to a higher level of well-being for you.
Give it a shot today! This week, my challenge to you is to set some time aside to practice at least one act of self-care per day with a 10 minute minimum. Please share with me how you practice self-care and how consistent it has been for you in the comments below