Self Care is a hot button issue these days, especially since the start of pandemic. Some magazines will tell you that self-care means spa days and masks; but what if it's not about beauty at all? Self care can be really simple - like taking some time for yourself every day so your body has enough fuel to keep going when life gets hard.
Self-care is about filling your soul up with things and activities that help you get through the burdens of daily life with your sanity intact. For some it can be a DIY facial, but for many it's walks in nature, or picking up the phone and having a 2 hour long phone call with a faraway friend.
It's easy to forget that we need self-care in our lives. As women, we are notorious for taking care of everyone else but ourselves. We put so much pressure on ourselves, and it can be hard not have the energy or emotional capacity for anything else but getting through each day with some semblance of sanity intact.
The point is, selfcare is for everyone. And we all need it. So how do you make sure you're getting more of it? Here are a few selfcare tips to keep in mind.
Are there any activities that you simply lose track of time doing? We're not talking about endless Instagram scrolling. We're talking about joyful things that give you a new and fresh perspective. Art has a way of doing that for people. So does spending time with animals.
Do you have a hobby? If you do, GREAT! If you don't, it might be time to pick one up. But beware! Don't fall into a trap. Lots of people feel they have to be "good" at something in order for it to be worthwhile. Let go of that nonsense immediately. Do you like to write? Boom. You're a writer. Do you like to bake? Boom. You're a baker. And so on and so on. Pick up something new and just do.
Schedule time for selfcare. it's really easy to feel like you are neglecting your responsibilities. The laundry will get folded eventually. That email thread can wait.
Don't forget to move. Life and Success Coach Tony Robbins says "Motion creates Emotion." Movement and an occasional sweat should be part of your selfcare routine. It's proven that the deep breathing in yoga, Pilates or even running gives you a better and clearer outlook. Hello "runner's high".
Selfcare is for everyone and it isn't out of reach. The importance of self-care is a fairly new take on the idea. It's not about taking a break from life, but rather making time for yourself to nurture and replenish your body and mind in order to be able to meet life’s challenges with more resilience. We hope you found some inspiration in our list! What are 3 things that make up your own personal self-care routine? Share them with us on instagram by tagging @glitteractive or using #myglitteractive.