In todays fast paced world, it is easy to neglect ourselves because we “just don’t have time.” However, the longer we put off taking care of ourselves, the harder it will be to form good habits! I was never one of those people who talked or even believed much in self-care. I was always to busy and couldn’t seem to find enough time in my day to even take 5 minutes for myself. In the past few years, I have learned the importance of making time for me, even if it is just for 5 minutes! I want to share my top 5 self care habits!
- Skin care. I used to be really bad about taking my makeup off and thoroughly cleansing my skin! I had pretty bad skin because of this. I think it’s been about 3 years now since I’ve gone to sleep with my makeup on! You may wonder how this is a part of self-care. Well skin care has helped me to slow down and I have a whole ritual every night before I go to bed. It takes about 15 minutes so not much time at all but it helps me breath and decompress. I have my routine down to an exact science so there’s not much thought that goes into it. I take off my makeup first with a makeup removing wipe. This alone helps me feel like I am taking the day off. I follow-up with a cream cleanser, toner, serum, and hydrating moisturizer. Now this sounds like a lot and yours doesn’t have to be anywhere near as complicated. However, I have found that is one of my favorite parts of the day and I look forward to it every night. When I am finished, I feel relaxed and ready for bed!
- Put your phone down. Now like many people my age, I can sometimes struggle to do this. We are so connected through social media, texting, and all kinds of other ways to our phone! While it’s amazing to have so much at our fingertips sometimes, it can become a place of anxiety as we compare ourselves to celebrities, gurus, and adventurers. Read a book, walk outside, share coffee with friends or spend an evening with your partner enjoying each others company. Whatever it may be, find time to set it aside and get away from the screen. This is important to our own mental health that we stop that comparison game! Recently, when my hubby and I took our little getaway, I left my phone except for the lovely beach photos and really enjoyed the time with him! It was nice to take a break and not feel guilty for not getting back right away with people. It’s okay to not be available. Give yourself that permission and be amazed at the freedom you feel.
3. Remove toxic people. This is perhaps the hardest of my habits. As humans, there’s a part of us that wants to please other people, whether it be family, friends, or coworkers. Now obviously there are some people we must interact with due to professional relationships or even because we are related to them. However, that doesn’t mean we have to indulge them in our personal lives. If you feel someone is not enriching your life, draining you of happiness, or just plain bothering you, cut them off. Don’t live your life catering to others. We only get one life and it’s short enough as it is! It’s important to surround yourself with people who support your soul, free your spirit, and enrich your mind! I have been very blessed in the last few years to find people who truly care about me, my wellbeing and my life has changed incredibly because of it!
I would love to hear about your self-care habits! Leave me a comment below and let me know your favorite way to take care of you!
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