Fitting a self-care routine into a busy life is challenging, especially if you think of it as being a separate entity, like a trip to the gym or a yoga class. In fact, a self-care routine is an integrated practice that should complement and enhance your quality of life. If you struggle to look after yourself in the right ways, you’re in the right place; use these self-care tips to help you out.
One of the best ways to create a self-care routine in any lifestyle is to prioritize it with a routine. Chances are you already have a self-care routine of sorts, such as brushing your teeth at night and drinking tea in the morning. Use this as a base to build your self-care and meet your goals.
Extending your morning or nightly routine by ten minutes gives you more time to practice mindfulness or improve your skincare routine. Incorporate organic hand sanitiser if you want to keep your skin soft and smooth while protecting it from bacteria. It’s also good for dry skin.
Focus on Positives
You might have noticed that the brain has a very strong negative bias; one reason for that is our in-built defence mechanisms – negativity can help us to visualize the worst outcomes and prepare for them. Unfortunately, this negativity can also be stressful and harmful to wellbeing.
If you find that you are stressed because of negative thoughts, you have options, you can use mindfulness techniques to allow the thoughts to pass through your mind unattached, or you can focus on more positive thoughts by starting a gratitude journal that helps build new patterns.
Resources for self-care include things like mindfulness meditations, chants and mantras, counsellor numbers, mentors, and books in various forms. Don’t waste time searching the internet for what you need at any given moment; instead, simply visit your digital library.
Whether it’s on your phone or your laptop, you can build up a library of resources to access quickly when you need them, so if you only have a fifteen-minute break and you need a chant or meditation, swipe your phone and grab one that fits. It’s worth thinking about what you need.
Listen to Body Needs
If you’re like most people, you live a busy life; you juggle work with family commitments, friends, hobbies, and interests. Sometimes it’s hard to find a healthy balance between everything, and your wellbeing suffers; this can manifest in your body as aches and tension, as well as illness.
Regardless of your lifestyle, it’s always important to listen to your body and make changes where required. If your body is starting to ache or feel unwell, it’s an indication something is out of sync, so take a step back and redefine priorities because health is the most important thing.
Every day brings new challenges and stresses; some of them are the same as the day before, while others are new. It’s important to deal with stresses skillfully but maintain perspective as well; remember what is important for you in your life and what motivates you to work.