We often forget to take care of ourselves until we become worn out, frustrated, unhappy, and incapable of fully showing up. How do we know that we need a self-care day? There are some signs to help you understand that you need some self-care. If you feel tired, frustrated, lacking in motivation and low in energy, unhappy without reason, and always procrastinating, then this is your body, your mind, and your emotions telling you that you are in need of some well-deserved self-care. Staying in touch with your own feelings and embracing them is the best you can do for yourself and for those in your care.
Don’t make this day too intense. This day is for you and only for you to unwind, relax and refresh your body, your soul, and your mind. Let go of the chaos around you and let the stillness give you the answer to all your questions. Do not feel guilty for taking this day. You are not lazy or selfish, and you don’t have to apologize for making yourself a priority. You deserve comfort and self-care. Focus your whole energy on yourself and your renewal. It’s your responsibility to take care of your body and treat it with ultimate respect. You have to make sure that you are nurturing yourself before you start nurturing others. Put your own oxygen mask first so you can then help others. If you don’t, you will be stuck in a dark place of illness and you won’t be able to offer any help or to spread happiness to the people you love. When you take care of yourself you build up your reserve of patience, sensitivity, strength, and energy.
The first step is to pick a day for your self-care day. It may be next week or next month, but you definitely have to write it down in your calendar. If you don’t schedule this day in the calendar and intentionally prepare for it, you will be tempted to push it to the back burner week after week and burn yourself out. If you have to, just take a day off from work.
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Think of this day as a reward you give to yourself. Try to resist the temptation to do laundry, clean the bathrooms, or organize the garage. Make a list ahead of time with the things you want to do so you are not tempted to watch Netflix for eight hours.
Here is a list of self-care activities you can do to recharge your batteries and feel refreshed and renewed:
- Watch the sunrise/sunset
- Treat yourself to a healthy breakfast, the one you never have time to prepare early in the morning
- Light a candle
- Take a long shower
- Use a face mask
- Listen to inspiring podcasts
- Try some yoga
- Get some sun.
- Drink heaps of water
- Take a nap
- Do your manicure or pedicure
- Enjoy some dark chocolate and a glass of wine
- Turn off your phone
- Sit in the silence and enjoy solitude
- Take some fresh air
- Read a book
- Call your parents, siblings, or closest friend.
- Practice gratitude
At the end of your self-care day, you will feel positive, energetic, with a fresh, new perspective towards life. And when we feel happy, calm, good about our bodies, and with increased passion for life we can better take care of others with an open heart.
How do you take care of yourself? Add your own suggestion to the list in the comments below.
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