Self-care often brings up a multitude of thoughts for people. One of the most common ones I hear is “I don’t have time”.
A few years ago, when I would hear my coaches and mentors talk about self-care, my mind immediately went to long drawn out days at the spa. I would visualize myself sitting there with a glass of champagne in one hand and a nail technician working on the other.
My second thought was, “Who has time for any of that?”
Now don’t get me wrong, I think every person on the planet should enjoy an entire day getting pampered and unwinding.
And should enjoy these type of days regularly.
But self-care doesn’t have to be a big event that requires scheduling in advance. In fact, it doesn’t have to be scheduled at all. It can be included in your everyday busy routine with a little preplanning and good old multitasking.
And I’ll tell you how.
Below are five simple ways to incorporate self-care into even the busiest of days:
- Essential Oil First Thing In The Morning
While your household is hustling and bustling in the morning, use essential oils to lighten and invigorate your mood. Essential oil scents can literally make your home feel like a spa.
I will put a few drops of grapefruit or peppermint essential oil into a diffuser first thing in the morning. They are perfect scents to lighten your mood as you start your morning tasks.
2. Remember To Breathe
Shallow breathing does nothing for your stress levels. The simple act of breathing in for a count of four, holding for four then breathing out for four and repeating four times (also called boxed breathing) can relieve an entire day's accumulation of stress.
To make it easier to remember, develop a routine of doing one round of box breathing when you’re in the shower or bath.
3. Have Fresh Flowers And Plants In The House
Fresh flowers aren’t just for birthdays and anniversaries. Flowers and plants have the power to liven up any household and can improve your mood.
They don’t have to break the bank either.
Cut flowers such as zinnias, chrysanthemums and carnations have a lifespan of anywhere from two to four weeks.
Choose your favourite flowers and place them in an area where you will see them often.
4. Invest In A High-Quality Sheet Set
Whether you’re a silk, satin or an Egyptian cotton type of woman, getting into a bed that has luxurious sheets can make you feel like a queen.
Think about how many hours you spend in bed. If you’re able to feel fantastic for all those hours without having to lift a finger or schedule in time… that is self-care multitasking at it’s finest!
5. Know Thy Self
Last but not least, this is my favourite self-care practice to do. And if you only decide to do one thing on this list, do this one! You may need to excuse yourself from the kids and significant other, but it won’t take long.
Start by sitting or standing somewhere quiet. Put your right hand over your heart, and ask yourself “how can I show myself love today?” Whatever your first answer is, do that!
I’m not a stepmom but I am a mom. I know when it comes to women and kids, whether they are young or adults, we often put our needs on the backburner. But self-care is self-love. When we can show the children and people in our life, that we value ourselves enough to make our well-being a priority, it sets the stage for how they will value us and themselves.
Taking time and investing in self-care is never selfish. It’s one of the deepest forms of self-love you can give yourself. So give it regularly and in abundance.
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