We’ve all heard the phrase “practicing self care”, but how many realize that self care can make you more productive in your life and your work?
And there are many ways to practice self care!
When you’re practicing self care, it doesn’t have to just mean bubble baths, spa days and manicures. Self care comes in many shapes and forms! It may be an activity, like some of the traditional images for self care listed above, or it could be the absence of activity – downtime, rest, and recharging our batteries are excellent forms of self care! Anything you do, or don’t do in order to avoid burnout, reduce stress and be well, physically and mentally can be considered self care.
You have a lot of options for practicing self care
Self care could be something you need in the moment, like a phone call to a friend, a tall glass of water, or a stretch break. It could be asking for help on something or upholding a boundary by saying “no”. Make choices that your future self will thank you for, like filling your fridge and pantry with easy to grab healthy food choices is a way to take care of yourself. It could be setting aside time each week to plan and prioritize, or planning and booking an upcoming vacation is another way to practice self care. Moving your body daily, or renewing a forgotten hobby, are two more examples of self care.
It’s not selfish to put yourself first. It’s how you will thrive, have energy, stay healthy, pay attention to what matters most to you. You at your best; allowing you to show up for others at your best.
This doesn’t need to take a lot of time
Self care doesn’t have to take a lot of time (though we encourage you to take all the time you need). Self care can be a dedicated block of time (a self care day or retreat). You can incorporate acts of self care into your normal daily routine too.
Short on time? We got you!
This blog post focuses on “quick hit” self care and personal development things that you can tap into. Give one or more a try, whether you have 15 minutes or an hour. Some days you may need more rest. Some days you many only have the energy for what is non-negotiable in your work or life. Other days you may want to engage in something new, different or meaningful to lift your spirits and feel particularly accomplished or valuable.
How can you spend and invest time this week on self-care and personal development? Your future self will thank you! Self care feels good. It helps you to feel grounded. Take care of your body and mind. You’ll have more energy and attention for what matters most. Practicing self care is individual. And you get to choose what works for you when you have the need.
We can support your journey to incorporate self care habits and routines into your daily life. Schedule your free, no-risk Discovery Call today.