School’s back in, let the daily self care begin! Let’s be honest, 2020 and 2021 have been an adjustment. We ALL learned how to slow down, to spend more time with family, and to have important and meaningful conversations.
We learned to go on walks, be more patient, show empathy, open up our eyes to what’s really going on outside our homes, to speak up and to take action. There is one more aspect that has been so pertinent to my growth on all levels and that is self care. I had to become more intentional in how I showed up for myself. Initially, I dedicated Sundays to highlight the importance of self care. However, this fall, I have created more self care goals.
One of those goals is taking a daily self care approach and allot at least 30 minutes of “me“ time a day. It could be meditating in the morning before the day begins, telling myself what I love about me, reading a daily devotional and praying, going on a walk, or just being still. Whether you enjoy exercising, journaling, or even finding a group class, do what works for you daily. It doesn’t have to look the same each day. Your needs may change. You just have to be intentional in filling up your cup every single day.
Remember, you can not pour from an empty cup. Fill up and remind yourself of how amazing you are. Don’t get caught in the hustle and bustle. Step up, give yourself a time out, and pour into yourself. It helps you realign with your purpose, your passions, and allows you to show up in ways you never knew were possible.
Here are my 5 tips for building a daily self care routine:
1. Do something for you first thing in the morning. Whether it’s a workout, meditation or both. 💪🏾 How you start your day sets the tone for not just you but your family as well.
2. Do a daily affirmation or gratitude list. Start with 3 things and build from there. 🙏🏾
3. Be careful with what you consume. This could be anything from food, to negative thoughts, to social media. 🤳🏾
4. Give yourself time to be still. Reflecting and allowing yourself to “just be“ allows you to reset or regroup for the rest of the day. 🧘🏽♀️
5. Take it one day at a time. Be flexible in what you choose. Listen to yourself and what your body is telling you. 👂🏾 Your daily needs may vary.