Early this year I shared my affirmations. Statements that I resolved to declare daily to manifest destiny into my life this year. Out of the five declarations that I made, number three has been the easiest for me to practice, “I will focus on caring for myself first, and foremost.” Well, not the easiest because self-care is hard, but the most consistent.
Self-care is something that everyone should practice to make themselves feel better. Period. It’s not limited to just #SelfcareSundays. In this post, I share eight different self-care activities that I enjoy doing and that are certainly worth trying.
1. Make a home-cooked meal
I find the most relaxing moments for me are when I cook at home. It’s
I can honestly say that this has been
2. Take a Bath
I have been a fan of Lush for quite a while, but never embraced bath bombs and their line of products as much as I do now! Taking a bath seems like a very easy self-care regiment right? But baths compared to a shower are more time consuming and force you to relax—which is the point. Taking a bath is a great self-care activity that you can incorporate any day of the week. I personally love Sundays or Friday nights. Sometimes, I even make a mini spa experience out of my bathtime by adding candles, a sheet mask, and some soulful music to help me unwind.
3. Become More Spiritual
I am a Christian. That is my belief system. And no, I am nowhere near being perfect in my belief. For someone who grew up in the church, I feel like I am still a baby believer. For many years, my acceptance of Christ was not based on my own belief but the upbringing and faith of others. Over the past few years, I have been on my journey of understanding my faith and my relationship with God. This is a connection that can only come by communicating, listening, engaging in him and his word.
This is my journey to becoming more spiritual. I believe that no matter what your spiritual or religious beliefs are, that it is essential to dive into the thing that keeps you moral and grounded as an individual. When times get rough, you know that it is all for something more significant. The only way to get to that point is to take the time in your self-care routine to learn more about your beliefs, to study, to meditate, praying, or whatever it is that you do to internally feel better.
4. Plan Your Week
Planning of the week ahead helps you to visualize your goals. Something that I have had to challenge myself to do lately. In high school, I was a planner obsessed person and lost that touch in my adult life. I am steady trying to bring it back and start my week offs by well, planning out my week. I make sure that my plans always align with my overall goals for the month and year.
In most recent years, I have challenged myself to create SMART goals; goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound. One of my main goals this year is to invest in property. An example of a smart target for this investment is ‘I want to invest $200,000 or less in a multi-unit property in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago by November of 2019. Once a goal is set, it’s all about putting it into action.
5. Write Down Your Thoughts
I have been a journal keeper ever since I was a young girl. I still have my diaries from when I was six years old! This self-care activity is significant because it helps to appreciate your progress journal entries for the longest time have always been about some
While a great part of my journaling up to this point has been more carp than compliment, I am making a concentrated effort to do better. Simply + Fiercely shares some great ideas about journaling for self-care that I am certainly going to use. The blogger shares this idea journaling and creating “gratitude lists.” Gratitude lists are essentially writing down everything that you are thankful for. When you are feeling down or just in a funky mood, you can go back to those journal entries and reflect on how awesome of a person I am and how the life I am living and the ambitions I have are incredible as well.
6. Fill Your Day with Good Content
7. Do Something Creative
I am so grateful to have my blog; it is a creative outlet for me every day! However, doing something that you do not have any expectations of but to do it is super fulfilling. It can be in the form of a class or for me, exploring the city. Below is a 35mm photo I took on a walk through the town one summer. Doing something creative is a way to focus on you and the things that make you who you are.
8. Get Your Selfie-On
There is nothing narcissistic about showing yourself some love. You deserve to capture yourself! Self-care is not acting selfish but of self-preservation. Taking a photo of your self is apart of that process. Taking selfies is an appreciation of your beauty and instills confidence. After all, who else is going to appreciate and take care of you more than you!
The journey to practicing self-care is personal; it’s meant to be reflective and filled with amazing results. It won’t be easy, but incorporating some acts of self-care with ultimately help you feel better and bring about more joy in your life.
What are some of your favorite self-care activities?
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