How To Create A Feel Good Self Care Routine At Home
Self-care is more than the latest buzz phrase. While you may be an uber busy lady, making time to look after yourself and attend to your needs is vital. Let’s be honest, if you’re not currently prioritizing yourself, you could end up burning out or feeling low.
Not sure where to start? Creating a self-care routine that fits into your lifestyle could be a savvy first step.
Here are some ideas to help you out:
Meditate or try yoga each morning
Your alarm buzzes and you jump out of bed. You rush to get dressed, eat something, and get out of the door. Does this scenario sound familiar? If your morning routine is a mess, you will feel it during the day. Making some time for a little self-care could make all the difference in how you feel. Meditation or yoga could be the answer.
Interestingly enough, research from Frontiers suggests that both yoga and meditation can help boost your resilience to stress and improve your health. Spending just 10-15 minutes each morning practicing one of these may have a positive impact on your life. Sure, it means getting out of bed a little earlier, but the results are so worth it.
Switch your phone off in the evening
Are you addicted to your smartphone? If you spend your evenings staring at your phone screen, it’s time to change your ways. Everyone needs downtime, which means taking a break from the modern world. Not only does staring at your screen mean you don’t engage with anything else, but it could also have a negative effect on your sleep.
To improve your self-care routine, decide on a ‘switch off’ time each night. For example, you may want to turn your device off at 8 PM each evening so that you can get a break. If you don’t want to turn your phone off completely, simply put it on silent mode so that it’s less of a distraction. That way, you can unwind. Simple.
Create a daily gratitude journal
What are you grateful for today? When we’re busy and feeling stressed out, we rarely take a moment to consider what it is that makes life so joyous. It’s time to change your ways for the better. Why not invest in a journal and start writing short and sweet daily entries? It makes perfect sense.
Each time you put pen to paper, ask yourself what you’re grateful for and use that as a starting point. Aside from helping you relax and unwind, this activity could also improve your general health. Research from the National Communication Association suggests that expressing gratitude helps us to boost our wellness levels. Give it a go.
Get into a regular sleep routine
Are you getting enough sleep? Many of us fail to prioritize sleep each night, which is a major issue. When you fail to get the rest that your body needs, you could be putting both your mental and physical health at great risk. While you may not think of sleep as a form of self-care, listening to what your body needs from you and responding is essential.
So, how can you improve the quantity and quality of sleep that you get? You may not be surprised to learn that it’s all about routine. Heading to bed at the same time each night is the most effective way to get started. You should also get into a regular pre-bed routine. For instance, you could always take a bath or read before you hit the hay.
Practice body positivity regularly
Body positivity is not a fad – it’s a lifestyle. When we talk about self-care, we shouldn’t overlook this important aspect of it. Making time for a little #BoPo action each day will improve the self-image. There are many ways in which this could manifest. You might want to repeat mantras to yourself, spend some time admiring your form as you dress, or get looking on social media. Figure out what works best for you!
Ready to shake up your lifestyle? While every woman’s version of self-care may look slightly different, you can use these ideas as a starting point. Figuring out what you need to be happy, glowing, and confident, may take time but it will be worthwhile when you get the balance right. Quit putting your needs on the back-burner and get started pronto.
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