Self-care – intentional time that you take to care for your body, mind, and soul – is essential to your health, especially when you’re stressed. As we go about our daily lives, it’s easy to put work, kids, families, and social activities ahead of ourselves. We worry about caring for parents, finances, saving for college, and preparing for retirement. Before you know it, you’re burned out, frustrated, and not your best you!
You have to care for yourself before caring for someone else. The great thing is, you can create this space for yourself in whatever way that helps you reset and makes you feel great, and it doesn’t have to cost a lot.
A few Sundays ago, I decided to soak in the tub that I seldom use, because I’m usually in a hurry and a shower is faster. It was a bright sunny day, but closing the shutters made the bathroom semi-dark. I filled the tub with water at just the right temperature and added lavender and eucalyptus-scented Epsom salt (two of my favorite spa-like fragrances and excellent for muscles), topped it off with bubble bath. I lit assorted scented candles that resulted in the perfect aroma and created my very own “home but not at home” escape…total bliss! About an hour later, I was a different person. The experience improved my mood for the rest of the day, and I had a better mindset for the week ahead. Get the idea?
Here are some other ways you can create a healthy relationship with yourself:
- Before anything else, start your day with a prayer or meditation. This will help you prepare mentally and spiritually for the day ahead.
- Get plenty of sleep. Strive for 7-9 hours of sleep each night to function at your best
- Eat a balanced diet with healthy foods.
- Drink plenty of water
- Choose who to spend your time with
- Take a walk or run
- Learn to say no
- Laugh out loud, every day
- Treat yourself to something that you love
Start today, and you’ll find the moments that help you to relieve stress, feel better about yourself, and be better prepared to deal with life’s curves. Pour a glass of wine or tea and grab that book that you’ve been meaning to catch up on – but do it! It’s not about having time, it’s making time. And you’re worth it!