I have this little sticky note on my fridge that says: You are the most important thing.
I wrote it to myself about six months ago, while going through a very difficult time.
I’ve found it helpful to have this daily reminder to practice self care.
There are some self-care practices I utilize on a regular basis:
Running and sauna therapy at the gym
Getting enough sleep
Eating nutritious food
Spending time with loved ones and asking for support when I’m struggling
Here are a few other unique ways I love to practice self care…
I like to bring a water bottle with me wherever I go, and I drink at least 32 oz. of water a day. I love love love my beautiful Vibe bottle with its beautiful flower of life design. It’s a perfect size for keeping in my car or bringing to the gym and sometimes I use it for carrying kombucha or a green smoothie. ;)
Writing about my emotions
Putting a pen to paper helps me sort out how I’m feeling. Whether that’s a short list of what’s bothering, a quick brainstorm about where my emotions are coming from, a poem, or a journal entry, writing things down is a very helpful form of self care for me.
Watching the sunrise or sunset
I have a thing for sunrises and sunsets ;) Something about seeing the colors shift and change, the way the light creates a beautiful brilliant glow… it’s just magical. I’ll often take photos of the sun coming up or going down and there’s just something really calming about those moments for me.
Nothing better than getting outside for a breath of fresh air during the day. The best is when I can bring my pup along too!
Dance parties at home in my underwear
I mean, what could be more therapeutic than that?! Pure expression. Always a favorite form of self care. And as an introvert, I really value alone time. Sometimes I add in a glass of wine, too.
Being kind to myself
Other ways I practice self care:
Giving myself permission not to be perfect
Forgiving myself after messing up or being harsh and self-critical
Saying no when there’s something I don’t want to do
Playing things by ear so I can honor how I'm feeling in the moment
What are your go-to self care routines?