Self Care tips for a healthier YOU

Self Care tips for a healthier YOU

Have you ever been so busy that you forgot to check if the dishwasher was on before you left for work? You might be thinking, “Well yeah Sierra, how is that important? I can check it later”. If that is the case, let me ask you another question. Have you ever been so busy at work, or school, that you forgot to eat? Have you ever been so busy worrying about others, that you suddenly forgot about yourself? Or, have you ever been so busy that suddenly date nights or family time are no longer on the table?

I am sure that many of you answered yes, to at least one, if not all of those questions. You might think that missing a lunch, missing a family dinner, or that quality social time with friends is no big deal. However, I am telling you that is a lie. Your mental health is not something that can be thrown to the back burner. If I were to ask you right now, one thing that you were doing to make YOU happy, could you give me an example? When we are caught up in this crazy world, it sometimes becomes too easy to get sucked in to work or fixated on the negatives, that we just end up letting important opportunities pass us by. We worry so much about everything and everyone that we forget to care for ourselves.

I am telling you that is so much easier to combat any hurdles that life might throw your way, when you are in that healthy mindset. That means not only caring for your mental health, but also your body and soul. By doing little things, such as; check ins with yourself, or creating designated daily “you” time, this allows you to create time for yourself and to find out what fulfills you.

SO, I have created a little list of some self care tips to get you on the right track! Hopefully you find one of them helpful.

10 Self Care Tips

Don’t be afraid to say NO – Yes, I am talking to all of you people pleaser’s out there! It is OKAY to say no sometimes. As much as us girls like to believe it, we can not be superheros all the time. It is so important to know when we have reached our boundaries and limits and to act accordingly. Make more time for you!

Spend time outdoors/ get some exercise – Especially with everything going on right now and being cooped up in our houses, taking a step away from the computer and getting some fresh air is much needed! Schedule in a daily walk, commit to morning yoga, or get out and play some basketball or hockey with your family. The fresh air is healing!

Start your day with Positive Affirmations – You can find hundreds of templates online, or look at some areas you need to improve on (body confidence, positive thinking, etc.) and create your own! You can start with something as simple as “I am beautiful. I am smart. I am going to conquer the day and everything that is thrown my way”. Try doing this every morning/night and say it out loud while looking at yourself in the mirror. Believing in yourself is everything!

Create a gratitude list – Write down three things a day that you are grateful for. This could be family, a new job opportunity, having food on the table, etc! This helps to shift our focus and put us in a more positive mind-set.

Journal– You might be thinking, “Sierra, are you asking me to write in a diary like I did in grade school?” My answer is yes! Writing allows us to get our thoughts and feelings out from our head on to paper. It is an amazing outlet and helps to raise our self awareness. You might be able to gain a new perspective on your situation!

Meditate– Meditation is amazing. This is something you can easily schedule in for 5, 10, 15 mins of your day. That is nothing! If you are wondering about how to meditate, or if you are a beginner, there are some great apps (Head space) that have tutorials and video sessions with an expert. I highly suggest that you give it a try!

Find a hobby/ ask yourself what fulfills you – Finding a purpose, or something that you can do that fulfills that passion, is what the human experience is all about. Take up some guitar lessons, join a bird watching group, start a blog, a YouTube channel, or take some online workshops. Find something that makes YOU happy.

Ask for help – If you are struggling with a situation in your life and don’t feel as though you can navigate it yourself, ASK FOR HELP. It is okay to not always be okay. You should never be ashamed of yourself. Reach out to a family member, friend, or see a therapist. Get the support you need so that you can feel better. A big part of self care is getting help and knowing when you can not fix something on your own.

Get proper sleep & rest – Sleep is an integral part of our well-being. When we sleep, our body has the chance to repair, rest, and rejuvenate itself. Sleep has been proven to help reduce stress, improve memory, reduce the risk for disease, and the list goes on! Make sure you are getting those Z’s!

Eat Well – Listen to your body. It will tell you what you need! Try and eat a balanced diet. Our food is the fuel that keeps us going – make sure you are feeding it well. However, make sure to still get those peanut butter cups or ice cream in once and a while. I know I sure do!

I hope these help.

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28 thoughts on “Self Care tips for a healthier YOU”

  • Yes, Yes, Yes! Self-care isn’t something that I’ve always participated in, but a few years ago, I discovered that self-care is of the utmost importance. I never realized how little I was doing to take care of me because I was too busy taking care of others all the time! My self-care routine includes keeping shea butter brown sugar scrub in plentiful supply, having mani/pedis every two weeks, and every now and then, I throw in a facial or a massage for good measure. Sadly, during this pandemic we are currently in, all my non-essential businesses are closed, so I’m having to find different ways to take care of myself. I ended up buying two rocking chairs and fixing up my patio right before this got bad so that I can at least sit outside and enjoy the singing birds and stillness of nature with my dog. Thanks for such a great post! Self-care should be mandatory for everyone!

    • Hi Kristi! Completely agree. I am SO glad to hear that self care is something you practice. That sounds like an awesome routine that you have in place for yourself πŸ™‚ It definitely is more difficult to find ways to implement some of those steps with the current quarantine. I try to just get outside and take some time to enjoy nature. It sounds like that porch renovation you did is a great opportunity for you to do the same. So nice that you were proactive about it and thought ahead. Love it!

    • You nailed it with this list. I’ve just started some beginner level meditation and it makes a huge difference already.

  • I think, so often, we try to take care of others, before taking care of the one who takes care of everyone else. So, yes — I think self-care is critical. Perhaps the best advice is the one about saying “no” — we don’t have to take on everything that is asked of us. Thank you for posting.

  • Self-care is really needed and somehow these days this is what we need the most. It’s hard to say No but I’m learning. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hello Shristi, could not agree with you more! I also sometimes have trouble with saying ‘no’, I hate letting people down. However, we learn as we go! I have learnt that it is so important to check in with yourself and do whats best for YOU. As humans, we can only do so much. Therefore, it is important to practice self love and be easier on ourselves! I am glad you enjoyed it.

  • I’m all about self care and find it so important. I find that my hobbies can really occupy a lot of my time in a such a positive way. So much so, that I often wonder, where does the time go πŸ™‚

    • Hi Sarah, I love that! With everything going on right now, it is great that you have hobbies that can keep you busy! It really is such an awesome way to keep yourself in that positive mindset. I find my blogging does the same!

  • These are all great tips that I’m sure to follow to make me feel better. I will be happy implementing these ideas.

  • Self care is so important especially during this time. I love how you added in asking for help because that is so important when it comes to mental health. I know it’s hard for some people to do it but it’s so worth it when you do.

  • I have been on a self-discovery journey and I find that it starts with self-care. You need self-love to evolve as a person. These are some great tips for self-care.

    • Hello Michele! I am so glad to hear that you are on your own self discovery journey. There is nothing better than taking time for yourself and finding out what you are passionate about. I could not agree with you more! Self love is the key to everything. I am so glad you enjoyed the tips.

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