I had a completely different post planned for today, a drink recipe, but couldn’t come to write it up. I wondered why it was so hard to come up with the words to describe a rather tasty drink. My heart wasn’t in it and frankly it just didn’t seem important today. All I wanted to do when I got up this morning was to continue to lay in bed and alternate between reading a book and watching reruns of Friends. I needed to take care of myself today, which is why this post is coming at you later in the day. Today, I’m sharing with you how you can incorporate little acts of self-care in your routine.
This post is not going to be solely a list of things that make me feel better that I think will make you feel better too. I think self-care is a very personal things, after all we are all different with different interests and dislikes. However, I am going to show you how I add little bits of self-care into my day to help give you ideas for ways you could do little bits of self-care when you can every day.
In the Morning
Most mornings, I get up and go to the gym after taking our dog for a morning walk. Since I listen to podcasts while I work out, I get the party started on my walk with the dog. “Is that technically ‘self care?’ You bet your bottom dollar it is. Self care is simply any act that adds a little peace of mind, extra happiness or feeling of calm to your day. Lately, I’ve been listening to the Being Boss podcast, but I’ve also shared my favorite podcasts in a previous post.
After I get back from the gym, I shower and get dressed. If I’m feeling unusually tired (don’t worry coffee is soon added to the mix), I’ll put on a little bit of makeup. For me, this is an act of self-care not necessarily because I like the feeling of being done up, but I like the process of applying makeup. I find it soothing and it makes me feel a bit more energized because I don’t look so tired afterwards.
In the Afternoon
I love food and a lot of my productivity in the afternoon is based around what I eat for lunch. I find the cooking process, even if I only have time for a microwaved quesadilla, therapeutic. I find comfort in knowing exactly what I’m eating, plus it’s quite the ego fluff to eat something incredibly yummy knowing that you made it from scratch. My fiance and I typically eat lunch together unless one of us had to take an earlier lunch and that’s when we spend time together and watch Burn Notice on Netflix. Not everyone is at home during lunchtime so here some other things you could do during lunch during or after you’ve eaten: go for a walk while listening to music/a podcast, call someone, journal, make plans for the weekend or browse Pinterest for some DIY holiday decor ideas.
In the Evening
After I’ve finished my work for the day, I do arguably the most fun act of self-care: change into sweatpants and put my hair up. I didn’t realize I did this until yesterday, but I also do some back stretches at this point in my day. Sometimes I’ll lay or sit on the floor as I do them, but however I do ’em, it feels good. After dinner while both Tuck and I are unwinding, I’ll either pop on a face mask, do my nails (note: never do both at the same time, you’ll end up with bits of face mask in your new manicure) or bake. I also really treasure the night time walks with our pup. I find his little mannerisms so funny and I love how curious he is.
Tuck and I will either put on the marathon of Impractical Jokers while we play Sim City together (yes, it is as fabulous as it sounds) or we’ll pop on a movie with some popcorn or ice cream.
Throughout the Week
As you may know, we recently moved to Nashville, a city brand new to both of us where we didn’t know anyone. One of the best things I did for myself since moving here was finding a night once a week where I go out and socialize. I found this wonderful group of women from all walks of life and we enjoy some wine and each other’s company. If the rest of the week looks like it will crazy, hectic or too much to swallow at least I know that I have this one day a week to unwind (or gear up).
If you live with someone, and even if you don’t, I recommend doing one thing out of the house, alone at least once a week. There’s something about being around a bunch of people that you don’t see on a daily basis that is soul refreshing. For me, it shows me that we all have different things going on and helps me put my issues and problems into perspective. I usually come home happier than I left it (even if I’m already in a good headspace) and ready to get back to work. Here are some places to go: a restaurant, coffee shop, park, museum, grocery store (my personal fave) or mall.
Do you struggle with practicing self-care? How do you incorporate it into your schedule?