Self-care and Sundays go hand in hand, so I thought I would take the opportunity to reflect on the matter. Honestly, at times I can be pretty terrible at taking care of myself emotionally, physically, mentally- just all the ways. I think we all know we should always take care of ourselves, but what does that really look like?
You may have noticed that my blog posts have become rather inconsistent and this week I’ve missed two out of three. I love blogging, so that’s never the issue. I got really tired, overwhelmed, anxious and demotivated but still had to meet other demands. Feeling like you need to take a break from your life isn’t exactly a sign of balanced healthy living, yet I continue to live on the edge of being completely burnt out.
I think the key to self-care is not driving yourself to the point where you need to take a time out. You have to make lifestyle changes. It’s bigger than having a relaxing bath or journaling. Self-care is breaking up with bad habits and toxic situations too. I know this, yet I still go to bed too late, don’t pull my yoga mat out from under the bed and procrastinate when tasks stress me out. It doesn’t make sense.
I need a self-care makeover, aka actually do it. What that means is different for everyone, but here are a couple of my strategies that might work for you too.
Back to the Basics
I still have yet to settle into a new routine now that I’m back in class, so it’s a great opportunity to form new habits. Turns out when I don’t sleep enough, eat poorly, and don’t schedule in free time everyday, I feel bad. Shocking, I know. I used to be really good about prioritizing sleep and healthy eating, but somewhere that got lost. I just want to feel like I have control over those areas again. A habit tracker would be a great tool here because it’s a reminder of your goals and it feels nice to document your success.
If I’m Sad
Speaking of bullet journal spreads, I added one entitled, “If I’m sad” because sometimes you just need a pick me up. It’s a list full of activities that without fail make me feel better, so hopefully before I fall into a slump I can reference my list and pick a few things to do that will perk me up. I’m all about that self-sabotage life thanks to depression, so I need to make a list because when I feel bad, I can’t come up with those happy things on my own.
What does self-care mean to you? For some, maybe a face mask and a manicure is all you need to give yourself a boost. I’m definitely someone who needs to put in a little more work and both are okay. I’m a firm believer that you have to put good in to get good out, so it’s time that I employ that and take self-care seriously. I encourage you to do the same.
Well, that was a rather serious discussion! If you enjoyed it, let me know and we can talk about wellness more often. On Tuesday, I’ll be back with some thoughts on skincare, so if you like more lighthearted posts, don’t worry.