Let's be honest, this year has been stressful and uncertain for many of us. Anxiety has become overwhelmingly present, with “me-time” often forgotten or pushed to the side. In the middle of a pandemic and all the other tension that’s come with 2020, making time and space daily for self-care may not seem easy enough while juggling working from home, cooking more meals, teaching your kids, rearranging your budget, worrying about your friends or family who are on the front lines, or any other changes and challenges you’re taking on – but it’s so important to make sure you’re taking good care of yourself every day.
Why Does It Even Matter?
Research shows just how necessary it is, with improved confidence, communication and creativity being just a few of the benefits of taking time out to put yourself first. Plus, with this “new normal” we find ourselves in, we want to be as healthy and in tune with ourselves as possible to not only cope through this year, but to also thrive.
Here we’ll share a few simple things you can do daily to show up for yourself, but remember, there’s no one rule or one way to actively self-care; find what works for you, be willing to adjust your routine to best fit your needs and lifestyle, and only practice self-care in ways that bring you peace, happiness and relaxation.
Open the Window, Let the Light In
Take in some sun as soon as you can when you wake up, if possible. Open your windows and the blinds or shades or step outside for a few minutes – getting some sunlight and fresh air to start your day boosts your vitamin D levels and can do wonders to set the tone for how you will approach the day and what comes with it.
Also, don’t underestimate the benefit of lighting a naturally-scented candle to spark a calming mood and lower your anxiety – they’re a small way to start your day, or unwind at the end of it.
Get Moving and Change Up Your Environment
You may not be ready to get back in the gym yet, but that doesn’t mean exercise has to be old news. You don’t have to make it a big deal or even make big moves – go for a walk, do some yoga, visit a favorite park, get out and garden, ride your bike around the neighborhood or choose another activity that gets your body moving. It’s good for your mental and physical health and helps reduce stress and the negative factors that come with it.
Be mindful to move around your home as well, switching up the time you spend in your different spaces. If your space is limited, still make the effort to move about your home as you can to keep stagnancy and burnout at bay.
Unwind with a Relaxing Bath or Shower
If you don’t have time in your daily routine to spend some extended time soaking in a bath or taking a leisurely shower, think about adding this self-care tip into your weekly routine instead – just the extra few minutes gives you the opportunity to focus on your skin care and declutter your thoughts at the same time. Don’t forget to exfoliate and rehydrate – taking care of the skin you’re in is part of making yourself a priority.
Schedule Your Me-Time and Be Kind to Yourself
How you choose to spend time taking care of yourself is 100% up to you. The most important thing is that you value your self-care routine, and schedule time to create a sanctuary for your mental, emotional, and physical health. Guard your “me-time” like you believe you matter and be kind to yourself in the process. Daily self-care isn’t about what you should or shouldn’t do, or who you should or shouldn’t be – it’s about taking simple steps and finding simple ways to show up for yourself.