Self-care is something we all struggle with. A good definition of self-care is regularly doing things for yourself that make you feel good.
There are many reasons we struggle, prioritizing our needs is not something we are taught, we have to learn. We may have learnt and feel more comfortable being the caretaker, however this is not a sustainable role unless you practice self-care.
The idea of self-care conjures up images of spa days or weekend retreats, which sound great, however it is the everyday easy to schedule self-care tools that are most effective.
Here are some tips and tools to help with your self-care practice:
1. Schedule it in. Mark out time in the diary, morning and evening for some form of self-care, once it’s scheduled it’s harder to find excuses!
2. Grounding and connecting with nature. Making that connection with the earth and getting out in fresh air gives you time to connect to you without any distractions.
3. Ensure you get 8 hours sleep, take time before bed to disconnect from the day, from screens etc.
4. Focus and Gratitude. Create a morning routine, visualize your day going according to plan and express gratitude for all the good in your life.
5. Fun. When have you had fun? Take time away for computers, phone and do something that really enjoy, paint, create, whatever is fun for you.
Remember, a self-care practice is completely personal, the most important thing is that your practice resonates with you and gives you an overall sense of well-being and inner peace.
If you find you are struggling to prioritise yourself or your self-care practice, contact me at www.geraldineryancoaching.com