Finding a self-care routine is one of the most up and coming popular topics for so many authors, bloggers, and internet influences. They are all talking about what self-care should be like and how you can incorporate it in your life. However, what they regret to highlight is how to find a routine that is right for you.
When you read about the vast number of self-care routines there are, it can be quite overwhelming to understand what would work the best for you. Trial and error is important when it comes to a unique self-care routine that fits your lifestyle. This post might help you to realize what you should look at while choosing the best self-care routine for yourself.
Your body is a temple and you must give it rest. It is okay to feel the most productive, energized and happy, but also when you feel lazy, tired and unmotivated.
Working Around Your Schedule
Not a lot of people have a free hour to soak in baths, meditate or do yoga. Some do not even have half an hour to dedicate to take for themselves. Self-care for some might feel like a waste of time, and they tend to feel guilty if they use even a little of their time on themselves. This is unfair. Taking at least an hour to clear your body and mind is important. Your body is a temple and you must give it rest. It is okay to feel the most productive, energized and happy, but also when you feel lazy, tired and unmotivated.
It’s important to have a routine when you feel drained. That’s when you need your quality Me Time the most. Do not try and squeeze it in. A self-care routine should be a planned and productive time for you to rest. It is usually perceived that a routine should only be one time in the day, when in fact you can separate it throughout your day accordingly. When you plan your day, look at your schedule and when do you have free time you can dedicate yourself. Writing your schedule out on a calendar may make it easier.
Do What Makes You Feel Best
Just because it is a routine it does not mean that you cannot change things around. Normally, one day you will feel like doing half an hour of meditation, but perhaps another day you might want to take a walk outside or read a book. Each day is different and ever-changing, and so should your self-care routine. Everyday should not be the same, your self-care routine should adjust to your mood, environment and emotions. You need to keep that in mind because nothing is set in stone.
Do not force yourself to do something you are uncomfortable with just because others are doing it. Self-care is a reflection of what you need and how you should take care of yourself. Your physical, mental and emotional being should be your top priority. Self-care is not something to brag about, you can keep this to yourself and do not have to share it unless you feel comfortable to. Try to get rid of what you think you know about self-care, and think about it only from your perspective.
It is called self-care for a reason. You are not doing it for others, and your priorities must remain true to yourself.
When we feel passionate and excited about a new idea, we tend to take it on very aggressively for some time and then burn out soon after. Passion and excitement are very important, and it’s vital that you chase your interests. And once that passion is gone, that’s only a sign to move onto something else. All that matter is that you find that self-care you crave.
Remember to take your self-care routine slowly and be mindful of it. That way you will have more fun with it and you will see a change in your overall health, physically and mentally. Do not think about it as a trend you need to follow because everyone else is talking about it. You must advocate for yourself and consider what activities or processes help you feel more relaxed and confident. Consider your self-care routine as a way to reconnect with your inner self and doing what is best for your well being.
Some of us may decide not to build a self-care routine into our schedules because this may be overwhelming. The word “routine” is probably what is scaring them the most. Do not feel obligated to stick to your routine like a rigid schedule, it is supposed to relieve stress, not add to it. It feels even more intimidating when it is made to be an important part of our lives on social media, and its pressures to only do it one way. You must disregard these social pressures. Conforming to a certain style of self-care is not beneficial, and may lead you to end up doing it for the wrong reasons. It is called self-care for a reason. You are not doing it for others, and your priorities must remain true to yourself.
Your self-care routine does not need to be perfect, you have to identify what feels appropriate for your lifestyle. Some days you will have incredible self-care and take hours to relax and decompress from a stressful week. On other days you may only take 30 minutes to take time away from school, your job, your relationship, and whatever else is bothering you. Finally, there will be a rare case that you do not feel like you need a self-care routine at all. There is no way to define what self-care is, it is unique to each individual and you must remember that. A self-care routine is supposed to allow you to be mindful about yourself, and acknowledging how you feel. Forcing yourself into a self-care routine, is not self-care.
Remain kind and true to yourself, and your schedule is sure to sort itself out!
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