How to Create Simple Daily Self-Care Habits

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Let’s be real: when you think about the term “self-care” it regularly gets thrown about and wrapped up with things like taking a bubble bath or getting your nails done, and then it ends up getting a bad wrap as being something incredibly superficial.

The truth is self-care is so much more than taking bubble baths and getting your nails done - it’s an essential part of your well-being and overall happiness.

In fact, there are four dimensions that make up self-care and today, we’re going to take a closer look at these elements so you can identify which areas in your life could do with a little boosting and extra nourishment.

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But first, let’s talk about why self-care is generally the first to go with we get busy with life and our overflowing schedules.

Yep, falling off the wagon with our self-care practices - we’ve all done it and are guilty at some point or another of prioritizing our short term goals over our long term happiness - whether it’s losing an hour of sleep; indulging in that no-so-healthy meal; skipping our meditation practice or missing a workout - we make a split second decision that can ultimately impact our overall well-being and limits our ability to show up as your best self.

In our modern world we’re busier than ever. Technology means we’re constantly connected to our phones and laptops and it’s the unspoken rule that we’re expected to be available 24/7.

So, we fill our schedules to the brim and the pervasive nature of social media only adds our feeling of FOMO and that we’re not doing enough, being enough, and ultimately are enough.

The truth is, this lifestyle is not sustainable and it’s unrealistic to expect that as human beings we are meant to keep going and going without taking the proper time to rest, recharge and restore our body; our mind and our spirit.

The more we tolerate and accept it as being our ‘normal’, we’re doing ourselves and the people around us, a disservice.

Here’s the thing: no one else is going to look out for your well-being. It’s up to you to create healthy boundaries to ensure you’re reaching your highest potential and living in alignment with your greater purpose.

there are 4 key areas that to contribute to your overall happiness and well-being and why taking a holistic view of self-care is essential.

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Let’s dive in!

1. Physical self-care.

Physical self-care is the foundation of our well-being and are essentially the building blocks for establishing holistic health, happiness and radiance in all aspects of your life.

When these are out of balance they can throw everything off kilter - your mood, concentration, focus, energy levels; self-esteem and confidence.

Physical self-care includes: 

  • Getting enough sleep!  We need 7-8 hours of quality sleep each night. And nope, there is no such thing as a Sleep Bank i.e getting 5 hours a night during the week night and then compensating on weekends and catching up with 10 hours of sleep a night.

  • Moving your body  - our bodies need movement; ideally daily movement, to not only get our heart rate up, but our blood moving and working up a sweat. Regularly moving your body helps fuel you with energy, improve your focus and concentration; reduce stress, anxiety and depression {talk about the ultimate booster!}; as well as helping to maintain a healthy body weight which helps fuel your self-confidence and self-esteem. Basically, it helps you look good and feel good! Aim to move your body 3-4 times a week and incorporate walking, daily.

  • Eating a nourishing diet - everything we put in our bodies fuels us with the energy we need to perform at our best. Rather than restricting yourself on any kind of diet, the best approach is to focus on eating whole foods i.e avoid anything processed; fried foods; anything out of a packet and anything that has ingredients on it you can’t pronounce!

  • Personal grooming - taking the time to tend to your personal grooming, whether it’s getting a regular haircut; wearing clothes that make you feel fabulous; or wearing your favorite fragrance and lipstick - can make all the difference in how you feel as you step out into the world. When you feel good about yourself you stand taller; speak more confidently and basically shine your light a little brighter; which is why it is important to invest this time in yourself - you are worth it!

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 2. Emotional self-care.

It’s so easy to make your default numbing-out difficult and challenging emotions with your vice-of-choice - or worse, block them out and forget about them altogether.

Doing this is like covering up your feelings with a band aid - in the short term it works fine, but in the long term you haven’t given yourself the space and time you need to heal.

Allow yourself to feel the full spectrum of your emotions helps to build up the internal strength and resilience you need to face the next challenge that comes along.

Building up that internal strength and resilience = a happier and confident version of you.

Emotional self-care relies on us first acknowledging how you feel - whether it’s anger, frustration, sadness, grief or resentment; then fully accepting and honoring your feelings and choosing a positive way to move forward.

Emotional self-care looks like:

  • Writing it out in your journal - getting everything out that’s whirling around in your head down on paper is incredibly cathartic and helps to process the emotions you’re facing.

  • Practicing gratitude - what you focus on expands, so taking time each day to write down or think about what is going well in your life and what you have to be grateful for is an instant way to shift your mood. Even simple things like having a warm bed to sleep in; having a fresh healthy meal or spending time soaking up the beauty of nature - these are all things we can be thankful for right now!

  • Taking a social media detox - social media means it’s easier to connect with people all around the world in an instant. But it does come at a cost and if spending time scrolling through Instagram is heightening your anxiety and sending you into spirals of self-doubt - take a self-imposed social media detox. Remember: you always have a choice and if you know that the endless scrolling isn’t serving you then it is ok to take a break; re-centre and nourish your mind and spirit with things that make you feel good.

  • Creating healthy boundaries -self-care means that saying ‘no’ is sometimes necessary and creating healthy boundaries. You are allowed to change your mind and have every right to make the best decisions for you.

  • Positive self-talk - How you talk to yourself matters! You must fuel yourself with positive self-talk that lifts you up and creates alignment with the future vision you have for your life. It’s easy to fall into the trap of overthinking and believing every thought you think, but the reality is that just because you think something it doesn’t mean it’s true. Becoming aware of your thoughts is the first step - the more you begin to pay attention to the stories and beliefs you’re holding onto that are not serving you and can let that sh*t go, the quicker you will start embodying the woman you are destined to become.

  • Be present  -  worrying about future events that haven’t even happened yet is a waste of your time and energy; just as spending time agonizing about past events. The only moment you have control over is now. In each moment, you decide the future direction of your life. Use mindfulness reminders to help bring you back to the present and notice your worries and anxiety melt away.

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3. Intellectual self-care.

Intellectual self-care is all about keeping your brain active and learning new skills to fuel your growth - basically committing to being a lifelong learner so you never remain stagnant or become complacent with where you are at.

In other words, healthy mind = happy life.

Intellecutal self-care includes:

  • Learning a new language or musical instrument.

  • Engaging in regular reading.

  • Attending short courses or workshops.

  • Going back to school / college / university.

4. Spiritual self-care.

Spiritual self-care is focused on giving greater meaning or purpose in your life that extends beyond our physical form. Religion may or may not be a part of this, but ultimately it’s about connecting with the deepest level of your soul and your inner wisdom so you can begin to live in alignment with your purpose in the world: AKA the most authentic, abundant and joy-fueled expression of you.

Spiritual self-care relies on slowing down, tuning in and trusting your inner wisdom.

It looks like following those subtle nudges you can’t explain rationally and don’t always make sense; and instead, placing your faith in God / the Universe; ultimately a power far greater than any human being.

Some ways to activate and strengthen the relationship with your spiritual self:

  • Sitting quietly in meditation.

  • Developing a regular yoga practice.

  • Attending / participating in religious services and events.

  • Spending time in nature in quiet contemplation.

  • Prayer.

Which of these simple self-care practices can you incorporate in your life so you can show up as the best version of YOU?


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