I know, “self-care” is the big buzzword right now – but by no means is it overrated. I believe self-care is something we should do everyday. In squeezing out a little time to honor ourselves daily, we’re better able to tackle life’s challenges and interact with our families, friends and co-workers. Below, are some of my favorite ways I try to show-up for myself everyday. Maybe one of these could help you too.
A Little Gratitude In The A.M.
While journaling is helpful when we need to unload all the heavy thoughts swirling around our heads, I like to use my journal first thing in the morning to jot down what I’m grateful for. As I savor my strong coffee, and before I even look at a single email or text, I quickly scribble down a list of what I’m thankful for in my life and it immediately gives my day a boost. I came across this cute gratitude journal, which prompts you to think about what inspires you each day.
Nothing beats a little fresh air and a 10-20 minute walk in the afternoon. I am very fortunate to live in beautiful Beacon, New York and have plenty of places to choose to explore on my daily walks, like Fishkill Overlook Falls pictured above. Studies even show that a 15-minute stroll can help your day by increasing energy and concentration. And if you have a dog, it’s an even better excuse to get outside daily and give yourself some peaceful alone time.
An Essential Oil Boost
We all know I am a big fan of using essential oils can help to ease stress, reduce anxiety, and even improve sleep quality. Not a big bath person or may not have time every day for one? Our Eucalyptus and Peppermint Shower Steamer will transform your shower into a therapeutic treat. The steam and waterfall in your shower will activate it to create a calming cloud filled with mood-lifting eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils. How’s that for giving your daily shower an upgrade?
A Decluttering Time-Out
I’m not suggesting a major closet overhaul, (although, one of mine could certainly use that!). Scientific journals have shown that a clean, organized space is more peaceful to work in and can actually lower stress. I like to set my timer for 15 minutes and simply tackle a small area of clutter, whether it’s just sorting out the laundry or riffling through the pile of mail that’s inching higher in the kitchen. The few minutes I spend straightening up gives me a sense of productiveness and adds a bit of calm to my day.
Treat Yourself To Takeout
Has it been a long couple of days? Too much going on, and too much stress? Instead of worrying about what to cook for dinner, try being kind to yourself and dial it back a bit. In moments like this I enjoy ordering takeout and spending some quiet, meaningful time with my husband. Tomorrow’s another day, and by taking a timeout now, I’ll be reenergized to face it all when the sun rises again.