Life can get busy and as the to-do list gets longer, we
slowly neglect our daily self-care routine. While you might think that you’re
just focusing on getting more done, by neglecting your self-care, you’re
neglecting yourself. With an empty cup, you won’t be able to pour for anyone
from it anymore.
To avoid neglecting your daily self-care routine, place it
high on your priorities list. The following list will give you self-care ideas
you can incorporate in your everyday activities. You can choose a few and
practice them weekly or monthly too.
Remember, the point of self-care is to be emotionally
satisfied, so you don’t want to take up too many activities that’ll make it
feel like a chore.
1. Drink a Glass of Water Every
It’s essential to drink enough water the first thing in the
morning. After a whole night, your body is dehydrated. Therefore missing this
step leads you to have a bad day all along.
It may also help you to remember to drink enough water
throughout the day.
2. Practice Gratitude
Sometimes a lot of things can genuinely go contrary to our
expectations. But no matter how challenging our day is, there is always
something to be grateful about.
Make a list of at least five things that didn’t go wrong at
the end of every day or just something you’re grateful for in your life. This
helps you shift your mental focus to something good, which allows you to move
forward and solve what’s wrong with positivity.
3. Make a Menu Weekly
The idea of eating healthy seems like a great idea, but when
it comes to implementing it only a few people can do it. To make the transition
to eating healthy easy, make a weekly menu and shop for everything you’ll need.
Doing this eliminates the temptation of falling back to your
old habits when life happens, which makes it easy to commit.
4. Exercise Your Brain
The brain is a muscle. It stops expanding when you stop
exercising it. You should continue to challenge your brain in different ways
every once in a while. Luckily, you don’t need a fancy app to make this happen.
Even using a different route to work, trying a new sport, or
learning a new language is enough to flex your brain.
5. Have a Mini Dance Party
Life gets busy and having fun suddenly becomes a luxury you
can’t afford. Yet even a few minutes dancing to your favorite song can be very
therapeutic. Just remember to let go and have fun.
You can also try meeting your friends for a drink and re-live
the fun part of your life again. This break allows you to recharge and regain
your focus to perform your daily activities well.
6. Move Around Every Day
You might not have time to do intense workouts every day but
doing some kind of aerobics for at least 30 minutes a day can be beneficial for
both your physical and mental health.
Learn about different forms of exercise and choose something
that works best for you. You may take interest in bodybuilding, yoga or
CrossFit. No matter what you choose, dedicate yourself to sticking to a
Even if you don’t feel like doing it, leave yourself
reminders that help motivate you. Staying consistent with your fitness efforts
will yield you the best results.
7. Practice Kegel Exercises
Toning your pelvic floor is healthy and it improves your sex life. The best thing is that no one can tell you’re doing the exercise so you can do them anytime. It’s such a small activity so it is easy to commit to.
If you aren’t sure about how to do it, think about the
pressure you feel when you stop your urine in the middle. That squeeze occurs
in your pelvic muscles. Once you find it, hold the squeeze for at least 3
seconds, and work your way up.
You can then try holding up the squeeze for 10 seconds, three
times a day. The more you do each day, the better.
8. Have an Empowering Morning Routine
Don’t snooze your alarm, and start your day in a rush. Also,
try leaving your phone on the nightstand before checking email or scrolling
social media. Instead, wake up more intentionally and give yourself some time.
Set your alarm for an earlier time and have a morning ritual
to set the mood of your day. You can do a visualization exercise on how you
want your day to be, update your gratitude journal, say a prayer, or simply
relax and take a cup of tea.
9. Get Massages
After a long day, your muscles are tired and they may even
hurt a little. Planning regular spa trips or a massage once in a while is a
great way to wind down. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to see a masseuse
often for everyone.
You can try adding a handheld massager for your daily self-care routine. The massager has a relaxing effect on the muscles and relaxes your mind hence lowering your stress levels. The best part is you don’t even have to leave your home!
10. Practice Mindfulness
With a hectic work schedule and a huge workload to always complete,
it’s becoming incredibly hard for many people to stay at the present moment.
Mindfulness is about reconnecting to your environment and inner-self.
Make a habit of stopping to smell, taste, and feel what’s
around you. For example, pay attention and smell your coffee. Think deeply
about how it smells, it’s a little bitter and a little sweet. It’s very
Do You Want More Daily Self Care
Following a daily self-care routine increases your focus and
improves your performance at work. Pick up a few things from this list and
incorporate them into your daily routine.
You can start with the small ones such as smelling coffee to
practice mindfulness, which doesn’t take up a long time. The moment you start
reaping benefits, you’ll naturally adjust to the routine.
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