Self-care is super trendy right now (for good reason).
It’s all over the health and wellness world, shared in many forms. Anything from the typical self-care Sunday face mask, to the more extravagant mindful retreats. I’m all for self-care, and believe that it is very important for our health and well being. But, let me tell youuu, as a full time working mom, I honestly don’t always have time for the typical self-care routine.
Don’t get it twisted.
Don’t get me wrong, I love going for messages, getting my face mask on, and getting away for the weekend to relax. I just feel like this is not always an feasable option for a lot of people (especially us mamas!). I also feel like self-care is something that can be practiced everyday, as part of our routines. Without spending money or having to set aside time, you can practice self-care each day.
Comes in all shapes and sizes.
Self-care comes in many forms, not just the glamourized versions we see all over the social media these days. Even though, I do love a good face mask, the chances of me setting time aside, even once a week for one are slim. This is why I try to practice self-care in other forms, small acts of self care, everyday, that can add up to big results.
Drink water, more water.
Simply by drinking enough water each day, you are doing yourself and your body an act of self care. Water is the problem solver for SO many things! Tired? Drink water. Headache? Drink water. Skin issues? Drink more water. Seriously though, drink up! I go for 3-4L per day.
Get enough sleep.
Sleep is for the weak? Wrong! I’m sure you know by now, proper sleep can make a world of difference for your health. It’s a small act of self care that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Getting the right amount of sleep EVERY night, supports cognitive function, boosts mood, boosts energy levels (I know, obviously…) Personally, I do best with minimum 8 hours up to 9 hours of sleep. Some people only need 7, some 6. Try to find what works with your body and what your body needs. Getting proper sleep is self care.
Read a little each day. (Mindful practice)
Reading a little each day, is a my way of doing something mindful for myself. Incorporating something mindful each day has shown to, decrease stress, reduce anxiety, support better sleep, increase focus and attention, and more. Overall doing something for yourself that is quiet, effortless, body relaxing, or mindful, is a good way to self care.
Make an effort to be present.
Living in the Western culture, everything is go, go, go. A lot of the time, we forget to take a moment to be present. Even when we do get a chance of downtime, to take a moment to ourselves or soak in our surroundings, a lot of us gravitate to our screens almost immediately. Try your best throughout your day to be present. Specifically with those you love, connect, and enjoy your relationships. Something simple that I try to do every night with my daughter is making sure we have a good bedtime routine together, for both her and me. I read with her every night (unless she falls asleep on the couch early!) and not only does it support her learning, but it has become a real bonding moment for the two of us. She is excited to read every night!
Don’t check your phone 30 mins before and after bed.
This is something I’m still working on, however find makes a HUGE difference. I notice I sleep better, I get more done, I’m more calm and focussed. It’s such a small piece of your day that you can add some self care in too. It’s harder than you think, but worth it in my opinion. Right now my mornings are pretty much screen free, still working on the evenings!
Wash your face.
First of all, did you know that sleeping with your makeup for just one night can age your skin up to 7 days! Yikes. Washing your face before bed and when you wake up, everyday, makes difference in feeling fresh, clean, and ready to start the day, or relaxed for bed. It’s a great habit to get into, as a self care routine. Not to mention, to prevent breakouts, which can cause you more stress and discomfort.
Move your body.
I don’t think I can stress this enough, along with every other health-foodie on the web. This is something I try to do 5-6 times a week (no it doesn’t mean I’m at the gym 6 days a week) it means when I can, I move my body. I do try and workout at least 4-5 times per week, because that’s what works for me. It makes me feel good and I enjoy a good sweat. This can look different for everybody though. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, go for a walk on your lunch, play outside with your kid(s). Do what makes your body AND mind feel good. Moving your body help prevent sluggish feelings, increases energy, and supports a better mood.
Eat your greens.
As unappealing as this may sound, it does wonders for the body. I try to get 8+ servings of vegetables a day, with at least half of those being dark leafy greens. Sometimes this can be difficult, I get a little help from my greens powder, I add to my smoothies. Greens support your body in multiple ways; energy boost, they are full of vitamins, and support a healthy blood pressure. So however you can, find a way to get those greens in.
This is a tough one. It’s also something new to me. Not that I was ever one to put myself down, however I was never one to truly put thought into loving myself. Loving all the bits about myself that before I may have disliked or even hated. There is only one you, so why not share with the world what you have to offer. It is after all, different then anybody else out there. Some things I try to do each day consciously, are being grateful for my body and what it does for me, remembering that if I want something, I can have it, it may just take time and effort to achieve.
This is something that is also new for me. I have never taken the time each day to practice gratitude, until now. The odd time I would think, “I’m so lucky to….” however, actually taking the time each day to think of multiple things that I’m grateful for has been such a positive impact. I feel happier about my choices, my living situation, my life in general. I have so much to be grateful for, so to me it’s important that everyday I remind myself of the small things I am grateful for. Some of my big ones are, my health, my family, the fact that I have access to clean drinking water 24/7, my job, etc. Some of my smaller ones are, good meals, a moment with my daughter, my heated seats in my car, etc. If you can think of three things each day, I promise it will boost your mood, and quite possibly, have an impact on how you live your life.
More then one way.
As you can see there are more ways to self-care than your typical face masks and lavender scented bubble baths (nothing wrong with these either!). Find small things that support your health and well-being that you can implement daily. This puts less stress on setting time aside for self-care and allows you to feel as though you are giving your body and mind what it needs, it just looks different for you than anyone else. Except water, everybody should be drinking water as a form of self-care! 😉