Although a self care routine sounds like something that should be easy to keep up, it can actually be quite challenging to have the discipline to take care of yourself. Carving out time for the activities that make your soul happy is just as important as carving out time for work, exercise and other obligations, but we tend to treat it as an extra luxury or something reserved for Sunday mornings only.
Self care routines are essential for maintaining a positive outlook and a healthy mind, body and spirit. Take care of yourself first and your entire life (and everyone in it!) will benefit.
Here are a few of my favourite self care items. I always turn to these activities when I feel down or depleted, and they never fail to take me from frustrated to content:
1. Reading enlightening books or watching uplifting documentaries, YouTube videos or TV shows. Although I’ve always turned to books by Wayne Dyer or Doreen Virtue for a little pick-me-up or attitude adjustment, I never knew my habit actually had a name. It’s called “bibliotherapy,” and I swear by this uplifting practice. Right now, I’m reading a book all about cognitive therapy called Feeling Good by Dr. David Burns. Studies have shown that reading that particular book has helped to improve cases of serious and mild depression over a period of just one month. Bibliotherapy is definitely legit, so head to the self help section of your book store and get hooked like me!
2. Yoga/meditation practice at home. Gaia TV is my favourite source for yoga and meditation videos, and the best part is you don’t have to leave your house to do them. There are tons of resources on their website, from kundalini mantras to yin yoga, and it’s the perfect way to unwind and destress before bed. If you don’t have time for a video, even just closing your eyes and breathing deeply a few times can help.
3. Go for a nature walk. Even if it’s chilly, immersing yourself in the outdoor world and engaging in solitude can help you increase your mood and change your perspective. Whenever you find yourself stuck in a brain fog, taking a few minutes to move your limbs and ground yourself outside really works. If you find your brain is still doing backflips in a different setting, try consciously finding things in your environment that you can see, touch, smell and hear and focusing on them. This will help to bring you back to the present and lower the noise in your mind!
What are your favourite self care routines? Let me know in the comments!