We all have this idea of what self-care entails. It’s usually reserved for Sundays. Our homes are clean, chores complete, dinner prepared. We take a luxurious bubble bath or refreshing shower. A candle acts as aromatherapy while we indulge in the organic soaps of our liking. Some of us might add eucalyptus leaves so that the steam, from the shower releases the essential oils. Others add a mixture of herbs and spices to cleanse our spirits as we soak the woes of life away.
However, self-care isn’t limited to Sundays nor is it always candles and essential oils. Self-care can be daily acts and sometimes it can have nothing to do with tangible things.
Here are five ways to incorporate self-care into your daily routine.
Mindfulness involves you being aware of yourself, your needs and the environment around you. When something doesn’t align with your spirit or highest self, you can remove yourself from that environment. This can be as simple as going to your place of comfort for a moment of peace or declining the invitation out. It can also be not responding to that e-mail.
SPEAK POSITIVITY INTO YOUR LIFE
Words of affirmations are more than just nice mantras to say. The power of life or death is in the tongue. That’s in the good book and in any of the non-traditional spiritual practices many follow. The Bible tells you to “call things which are not as though they were” (Romans 4:17) and the law of attraction/first law of manifestation says to concentrate on the desires of your heart and the universe will provide them.
Whether it’s a great book you are actively reading or a healthy meal, take time to feed yourself holistically with things that will provide substance to your physical and emotional well-being. You will recognize whether or not it has sustenance when consuming it gives you life. The saying health is wealth is absolutely true.
My mom always said that half the battle was won if you were able to open your eyes. Even in the most negative situation, there is something to be grateful for. You may not have received the A in that class, but Bs get degrees. The simplest thing we can do is to be grateful. When you are always in gratitude, you appreciate yourself in your entireness. Your body may not be an hour glass, but it is yours and it hasn’t failed you yet.
BE PATIENT WITH YOURSELF
Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither were your negative habits. These are years of verbal degradation that you have given yourself. This is that lie you allowed others to speak over you. These are those scars that have calloused your heart. You won't break them in one day, but you will learn to grow, nourish, and love yourself wholeheartedly if you are patient and consistent.