I have been neglecting my self-care routine over the last few months. It is not like I stopped caring about taking care of myself; it is just that work became very busy, and other things made it to the top of my priority list.
I can happily say that I was still exercising regularly during this time, but I neglected all the other things. I can’t remember the last time I put on a face mask; I can’t remember the last time I took a few hours and just relaxed, I haven’t been putting a lot of effort into the way I look, and you don’t want to see what my nails currently look like.
Recently, I decided that even though I do have a lot of work on my plate, I will still try to incorporate self-care as much as possible throughout my days.
So, what does my perfect self-care routine currently look like?
I Started Journalling More
I struggled to wind down in the evenings and get myself to stop working when I knew there were still a few productive hours left in the day. Growing up, we hardly ever just watched TV. My mom and my sister would do arts and crafts while listening to a movie in the background, and I would get stuck into my magazine, cutting out pieces of information and articles I wanted to keep and pasting them into notebooks.
Now that I am older, I still want to do something to keep me busy while watching TV. You won’t catch me doing arts and crafts, but what I started to do recently is to do all of my journaling at the end of the day while my husband and I relax in front of the TV. Journalling is not mentally taxing, it helps me relax, and it is my time to reflect and dream.
I’m Dancing to One Song a Day
When I was a kid, I used to lock myself in my room for hours and just dance to my favourite music. As I grew older and the responsibilities started piling up, I stopped dancing.
Tragic, isn’t it? I love dancing, and you only get one life. I want dancing to be part of my life until the day I die. And so, I Incorporated a habit recently where I dance to one song a day. This is only a 2- to 5-minute commitment a day, but it makes me so happy.
Dancing makes me feel free. It makes me feel calm and like I can do anything. Some days, I twerk to Lizzo. Some days, I pretend I am a professional contemporary dancer and dance to the more dramatic music of Florence and the Machine.
I Improved My Skincare Routine
Every night before I go to bed, I do a quick 5-minute skincare routine. I don’t have the 25-step system. I keep it simple and have tried to add as few steps as possible, so it would be easier for me to stick to this habit.
Doing something to take care of my skin makes me feel like I am taking good care of myself. And that’s because I am.
I Take Time to Exercise Each Day
I love working out. Yes, the aesthetic benefits are wonderful, but developing the habit of exercising daily is the best thing I’ve ever done for my mental health. It helps me feel calm, relaxed, and ready to take on the day, so I have started exercising every morning.
My workouts are an essential part of my self-care routine. For me, self-care doesn’t mean eating a doughnut or buying myself something expensive because I deserve it. Self-care means taking care of myself.
It means taking care of my body and my mind. Exercise has been a crucial aspect of that.
I’m Investing in My Mind
I spend a decent portion of time listening to podcasts or audiobooks or reading an actual book each day. I also spend time researching health and wellness, and I value doing something every day to help my mind grow and expand.
Knowledge is power; this we know. I have made learning an important part of my self-care because it is something that I am doing for my wellness, growth, and future happiness.
I’ve Been Getting More Sunlight
It is easy to hide from the sun when you work from home, but I have been forcing myself to get some sunlight every day. Sunlight is very important for vitamin D production and mood regulation. My mental health definitely suffers if I have not been getting enough sunlight, so making this a must in my daily self-care routine has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
A self-care routine should be quite personal. You need to decide habits and behaviours you would like to incorporate into your life, which make you feel taken care of.
Self-care is not just about doing things that make you feel good; it is about doing things that are good for you.
Have you been neglecting self-care? What are some things, no matter how small, that you can add to your lifestyle?