Self-care can look different for everyone. For some, it may be a bubble bath with a face mask. For others, it may be a glass of wine while watching the bachelor.
However self-care looks like for you, it’s important to reflect on what your definition of self-care is and how you plan to implement it. Self-care isn’t a reward – it’s a necessity. It’s important to practice self-care regularly and build a self-care foundation. When we create a self-care foundation, we become more resilient and are able to handle emotional difficulties better.
During times of busyness, it can be challenging to prioritize self-care. It’s easy to get caught up in our day-day priorities and forget to take a moment to decompress and show ourselves some self-love.
And I get it, its a lot easier to laze around and scroll through Instagram, then it is to do a quick workout. And it feels easier to continue to work through your to-do lists then it is to stop what you’re doing and take a breather.
But when we don’t prioritize self-care, we become stressed, overwhelmed, and even anxious. Because when we don’t give our bodies and minds what they need, they eventually let their needs known through negative emotions or physical ailments.
So how do we implement self-care?
First, you need to determine what self-care is for you. Think of all the things that you enjoy doing or that you find relaxing.
For me, self-care involves 30-minute runs, green smoothies, enjoying chai lattes, being outdoors (only on a nice day though), and watching my favorite TV show with a bowl of popcorn. But for you, it might be something completely different.
Self-care can include activities that are physical, emotional, spiritual, and social. Physical self-care includes activities that impact physical health/wellbeing. These activities include exercise, healthy eating, pre-sleep routine, etc. Emotional self-care includes anything that allows you to express your emotions or feelings such as music, writing, crying, etc. Spiritual self-care helps us feel connected and creates a sense of purpose. Spiritual self-care includes meditation, prayer, nature, etc. Finally, social self-care consists of social connections we create.
This Self-Care Wheel was inspired by and adapted from“Self-Care Assessment Worksheet” from Transforming the Pain: A Workbook on Vicarious Traumatization by Saakvitne, Pearlman & Staff of TSI/CAAP (Norton, 1996). Created by Olga Phoenix Project: Healing for Social Change (2013).
Self-care tips for the busy gal
One common excuse for not implementing self-care is the belief that you don’t have the time. But you must make the time to prioritize self-care before you burnout. Plus, you don’t have to sacrifice your work for your self-care practice.
Some easy suggestions for quick self-care ideas include using an essential oil diffuser, going for a walk while you listen to your favorite podcast, wake up 5min earlier and meditate, wear blue light blocking glasses in the evening hours, have a cup of tea, reflect on gratitude, etc.
I’d love to know what your favorite self-care practices and self-care tips are. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below to share!
P.S. If you’re looking for a free worksheet to help you stay on top of your self-care download it below.