We’re coming out of a rough time for the past year or so. Looking through the many possible celebrations this summer, I saw these that made be smile. In the first week of June there are so many things to celebrate. Some of these include National Go Barefoot Day, National Leave The Office Early Day and National Doughnut Day. That smile brought to mind how important our daily self care is, which could be celebrating each day by running in the yard barefoot or leaving work early from time to time. With all the good things and hope that is coming together, it’s time for us to take time for joy and to prioritize self care.
Creating a mindset of self care
We’ve been through some anxious times. Starting, breaking up or ending your day with self care will help. It is going to be have to be intentional and prioritized. That means, something else will not happen that is on your list and that you will have know that this is the best way to spend that time. It means that you are setting priorities and boundaries. Self care happens when we stay true to our priorities and block distractions.
What happens when those in your family or those you work with do not understand? It can be uncomfortable for you and them to explain that this is not selfish. Self care is about finding meaning and purpose in what you do, not just self indulgent need. Self care promotes personal energy which is required for emotional regulation and refueling. Thinking of yourself as a leader for those around you, especially if this is misunderstood.
Daily self care
Daily self care can look and feel like a lot of things. Use this list of simple suggestions and to accomplish self care.
- A protein smoothie for breakfast (available frozen at Costco, purchased by online shopping, or shipped to your home via product provider)
- Eating healthy snacks throughout the day (accomplished by ordering online.)
- Exercising every day, like a short walk or yoga (available on YouTube or by placing your sneakers by your bed.)
- An evening playlist for relaxing (available on Spotify, Pandora or Alexa.)
- Routine, same time bedtime each week night (accomplished by charging your devices in a common charging spot.)
Prompt yourself by setting up the first step to do this action. Simple planning and preparation can help you every day. Automate what you can to provide support for your daily self care.
Remember, every day is a new day to start your self care.
We are going to have days that were over-filled and there was no self care. We start fresh every day with self care. It is there for us all the time to restart.