Self-care is important to both our mental and physical health. But because we lead such busy lives, we often neglect taking the time to actually care for ourselves. I for one, know that I have been guilty of this.
We often feel that because we have so many activities on our plate – work, school, church, kids, after-school activities and the list goes on and on, that we are unable to actually fit “me time” into our schedules.
When it comes to carving out the time to practice self-care, consider this: You probably don’t engage in it often enough, which in turn means that you are left feeling tired, run-down, and overwhelmed. Honey, it’s high time you treat yo-self!
I have reached a point in my life as to where I am making myself a priority. I take a couple of hours each week to do something that I enjoy, and you should too.
There are simple things that you can do to add a little self-care to your week. Here is a list of my favorites:
1. Take a relaxing bath. Light some candles, and add a half cup of your favorite bath salts, then immerse yourself in a warm bath.
2. Read a good book. Curl up on the couch or in your favorite chair and enjoy that book that you’ve been wanting to read for some time now.
3. Enjoy a glass of wine. Pop open that cork and pour yourself a glass of vino.
4. Listen to your favorite tunes. Put on your favorite tunes, turn it up, and shake your boo-tay.
5. Visit a coffee shop. If you are a coffee lover like myself, you can go to your local coffee shop and order up your favorite cup of coffee or tea. While you’re there, treat yourself to a pastry as well.
6. Manicure/Pedicure. Give yourself a Mani/Pedi. Your feet will definitely thank you.
7. Take a walk. Put on your tennis shoes and go for a leisurely walk through your neighborhood. Inhale the fresh air.
8. Binge out on your favorite tv shows. This is one of my favorites! I love to spend hours in front of the tv catching up on my favorite shows.
9. Light up a candle. Can you say aromatherapy? Enjoy a scented candle.
10. Go to bed early (or on time). This is one that I am working on. I am often up until the wee hours of the morning because I get more done after my hubby and the kid are in bed. I have come to realize that my health is more important, so I have been going to bed much earlier than in the past – well most of the time.
You should take some time to incorporate weekly self-care activities into your schedule. It’s easy to spend our time caring for others while neglecting self. But as the saying goes – you can’t pour from an empty cup. So remember that self-care is not a luxury, it’s actually a necessity.
How do you spend your “me time?” Leave me a comment.
Until next time…