Hi everyone! Here is part 2 of the self care mini series. If you haven’t read part 1 yet you can click this link here!
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Making a self care habit or ritual
Like any new habit, adding self-care into your life can seem kind of tricky.
You probably wonder how you’ll manage to find time to do anything extra for yourself, let alone how you’ll actually remember to keep up to your new self-care habit.
One of the best ways to get started is to build your activities into predictable parts of your day. In order to make something a habit, it has to happen regularly.
Keep reading, and I’ll show you some tricks on how to make a self-care habit a part of your daily life.
Make It Personal
The first thing that will help you in creating your self-care rituals is to choose activities that are meaningful to you and that you enjoy.
This is your practice, so you want to be sure it’s customized to you in order for you to get the most out of it.
Consider making a list of things that help you to feel relaxed, peaceful, excited or happy.
These activities should be able to be done in a short amount of time and easily fit into your life without special equipment or tools.
At least as you begin your practice, the things you choose to do should be as simple as possible.
Remember you want to enhance your life with happiness and calm, not feel like these habits are a chore!
Fit It In
You should add your self-care habit or rituals to the most convenient parts of your day.
Choose times that are already somewhat flexible so that incorporating something new into that space will be less stressful.
Many people go with morning or evening routines, right when they wake up and before going to sleep each night.
Getting up fifteen minutes earlier than usual and setting aside a window during your usual night-time schedule are usually things most people can do.
However, maybe designating your daily lunch break as your self-care time might work better for you.
Remember, this is YOUR self care time. It has to work for YOU!
Consider activities like writing a gratitude journal entry before bed, listening to music while having your morning coffee or going for a short walk over your lunch hour.
Trial and error may be required, but find a moment to call your own every day.
Be Flexible with your self-care habit
It’s best to come up with a routine that works for you and stick to it.
It mustn’t be a bore or a chore!
Committing to a particular schedule will help you to create a habit and ensures that you get the self-care you need.
However, try to cut yourself some slack. Some days are more hectic than others. You may not be able to fit in your anticipated self-care activity, and that’s okay.
Getting into the practice of regular self-care doesn’t have to be difficult.
Making a few adjustments to your existing schedule can free up some space in your day. Choose things that will refresh you and that are simple in nature will make getting started a breeze.
Once you find a ritual that works for you, you will start to feel a sense of achievement at sticking to it!
There are lots more helpful tips to up-level your self-care over at Self Care Forum.
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