Self-Care Routine

It’s been a long day, and you want to go home and relax. But before you do, you need to take care of yourself.

What is self-care?

Self-care is about making sure that your mind and body are in good working order so that you can take on whatever life throws at you. It’s like taking care of your car—you wouldn’t just ignore your car’s needs for weeks or months, would you?

Self-care is a practice that can help you prevent burnout, manage stress and anxiety, and generally enjoy your life. Self-care routines can involve anything from getting your hair done, taking a walk in nature, or cuddling with your pet (or any combination of these things!).

The reason why it’s so important to have a self-care routine is that it allows us to take time out of our day for ourselves—something that is often overlooked or neglected. When we don’t take care of ourselves, we become more stressed out and unhappy as time goes on. The more stressed out and sad we are, the harder it becomes for us to live our lives fully and enjoy what we’re doing every day—and this can lead to an endless cycle of unhappiness! But with a self-care routine, we can break free from this cycle by making sure that there are regular parts of our lives where we focus on taking care of ourselves first to give our best energy towards everything else.

How do I start my self-care routine?

The first step is figuring out what kind of things make YOU feel good and happy. That might sound like an easy question, but it’s actually quite complicated. If you’re having trouble answering this question, ask yourself: “If I could do one thing every day that would make me feel better about myself and the world around me, what would it be?” Then write down those answers! You’ll have them forever.

Next, think about when you could fit these activities into your schedule—do they work on the bus ride home from work? In the morning before work? The night before bedtime?

Finally, once you’ve figured out how much time and energy you can give to your self-care routine, take some action!

1) Start with a small step: maybe it’s just 5 minutes after lunch when you don’t check your phone or social media for a few minutes. Perhaps it’s 10 minutes every morning before work where you sit and meditate and clear your head from the day before. Maybe it’s 15 minutes before bed where you indulge in whatever form of self-care makes sense for you (watching tv shows, reading books, listening to music). Whatever feels good and makes you feel balanced and centered—do that!

2) Set reminders: whether it be on your phone or on your desk calendar, set reminders throughout the week so that you don’t forget about self-care time! It’s easy to fall.

3) Don’t get stressed: Try not to worry about it! Self-care should be fun and relaxing—don’t get caught up in what other people think or do; focus on making yourself happy!

 

Remember, you don’t need special equipment or superpowers to practice self-care—you need motivation and a willingness to try something new! The best way to start is by thinking about what makes YOU feel good and then finding ways to incorporate those things into your daily life.

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