How to Simplify Your Self-Care Routine
Is it just me, or is making sure you squeeze in some self-care just as stressful as the reasons why you’re trying to squeeze some in, in the first place? I mean there just isn’t enough time in the day to get in all the self-care I want to sometimes. I think what we really need is a nationally recognized holiday, dedicated to a full day’s worth of self-care. I mean, that would just be the best thing ever. BUT, until then, I think I’ve found a solution. Here’s three ways that I’ve learned to simplify my self-care routine, that I think you’d find helpful as well!
What Areas Need the Most TLC?
Is your skin going crazy? Are your muscles aching? Do you just need to get out of the house and engage with other people? Have you started a really good book that you haven’t been able to finish, because of your busy schedule? Are you longing for a good devotional or sermon to get down in your soul and refuel your spirit? Whatever area(s) you feel like need the most attention in your life, right now, focus on those things when figuring out your ideal self-care strategy.
What Do You Enjoy Doing?
Now that you’ve figured out what areas needs your attention, think about some of the things you like to do that relate to those different areas. For example, do you enjoy going to your church’s weekly bible study? Well then make it a priority to be there, this week, ready and waiting to receive the Word. Or maybe you love a good face mask, like I do! Run by your local Ulta or Target and pick up a mask that addresses whatever your current skin needs are. Apply it right before you jump in the shower, allowing the steam to work it’s magic in conjunction with the mask’s ingredients. If there’s a new restaurant you’ve been dying to try, coordinate with a friend on a day that works best for you guys to meet up for good food and great conversation!
Take it One Day at a Time!
Don’t make this more complicated and stressful for yourself, than it should be. Just pick a little something to do for a designated amount of time, on whatever day(s) work best for you and stick to it. That way you can look back and see how all those little “me-time” moments added up to some major refreshment. This approach will also help you feel less overwhelmed and worn out, because you’ve got something to look forward to.
Self-care is supposed to be relaxing and enjoyable, not feel like a chore to check off your long list of to-do’s. Just find a way to naturally incorporate it into your weekly/daily schedule, and watch it become second-nature. Instead of trying to scramble to make time for it, you’ll find that’s it become just as much of a habit for you as say, brushing your teeth!
If you’re looking for some more self-care ideas, be sure to grab my FREE download on 20 simple ways you can show yourself some TLC, this week.
Until next time, friends!