I decided to take time for myself this weekend. I’ve been on the go for several weeks now. There’s been a lot of “newness” in my life this summer too & I could feel myself reaching my limits last week. A weekend alone always recharges my mind & soul. #theintrovertlife
There’s something about moving at my own pace & the quietness of being alone that fuels me. I didn’t do anything too crazy (except get a new Jeep totally spur of the moment, but that’s a story for another day! HA!) but in all honesty, I just really like not answering to anyone or adhering to anyone’s schedule. Sometimes I just need silence. It helps me clear my mind & press the reset button.
The topic of “self care” has really blossomed over the last few years. More and more people are realizing the benefits of putting their physical, mental, spiritual, intellectual, social, sensory & emotional health needs at the top of the priority list. It can easily be overlooked in the hustle & bustle of every day life, but if you make a point to take care of yourself, you will only be better in every other area of your life.
My self care routines look different during different times in my life. Sometimes I need to physically pamper myself with manicures, pedicures, massages, or a new haircut. Other times I need to participate in some retail therapy or a long walk with Mia. Treating myself with special food is also important to me. #foodieforlife
I would like to get better at unplugging from social media & electronic devices to just be with myself in the moment. I think that would be a good detox for me, as I tend to always be plugged in to the digital world and sometimes that makes me less present in person. I am also getting better at cutting out toxicity in any and all areas of my life. If I am not happy with something, I do something about it.
There are TONS of different self care ideas you can find with a simple search online. You need to explore what brings you joy & go from there, but for now here are some of my favorite ways to love myself:
- spend time alone
- clear my schedule for an entire day & just do what comes up
- say no to things that don’t bring me joy
- avoid toxic people
- schedule “me” time for a weekend
- take a mental health day
- treat myself to a massage
- journal to release thoughts and anxiety
- go on a long walk
- go on a run
- sleep in
- foam roll to release built up tension
- binge a favorite show
- get special food or takeout
- do yoga
- get a mani & pedi
- go shopping for whatever my heart desires
- take a nap
- go to bed early
What are your favorite ways to practice self-care? Are you carving out enough time every day/week/month? I encourage you to seriously prioritize yourself because no matter what anyone says, YOU ARE WORTH IT.