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Confession: I used to think self care was a completely selfish thing. It was one of those trendy words that people used to justify doing whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted. It usually involved in-home-thousands-of-dollar saunas, weekly green juice delivery and swanky Thailand vacations.
That sorta stuff just doesn’t resonate with me.
It wasn’t until I read the book Essentialism that I saw a different side to self care. Through incorporating a variety of self care tips, I could see it was truly about making space in our lives to do the things that matter most to us… deep within our core. And that is what unleashes our passions to make the world a better place. Self care can ( and should!) look vastly different to each of us, and I believe that’s 100% okay.
What are examples of self care is…
Below are what I consider self care for me. Now, this list will look different for you, but this will at least allow you to see what it can look like.
- Running 10+ miles each weekend to train for the Grand Canyon R3
- Primitive camping with friends around a bonfire
- Flying a twin-engine airplane
- Making a delicious green smoothie
- Taking a long, extra hot shower
- Bi-monthly massages + chiropractor adjustments
What are the benefits of self care?
Living in a world that feels like it’s always going 100MPH and celebrates multitasking and climbing the corporate ladder, self care is MORE essential than ever before. If we don’t take time to get clear on our core values and intentionally nurture them, we’ll lose what makes us unique.
A few years ago, I felt like I was working or thinking about work all the time. I would try and unplug on the weekends, only to find myself on my phone while the kids would be running around the playground. My to-do list was crushing me. I thought the more I focused on it and crossed things off, the smaller the list would get. But it didn’t. Every day, more would get added to it by me… or others that I say YES to.
I realized that I had to change if I ever wanted to get out of this cycle.
Change is hard in the beginning. Messy in the middle. Gorgeous at the end.
Find a tribe to encourage you along!
By hiring a life coach (two, actually— one for my business and one for me personally), I was able to sift through the chaos, cry through some hardships, survive a business buyout and ground myself in truth.
The truth is we are all uniquely created to full fill a special purpose while here on Earth. We all matter and are worthy of love.
Through all of this, I learned that I had to make myself a priority IF I wanted to keep that tiny spark still burning in my soul… and truly change myself, my family, and the world for the better. These self care tips that I applied to my life from these sessions have dramatically transformed my spirit!
By doing this, I found myself waaaay happier and more passionate about other things too. My kids caught the enthusiasm and started dreaming bigger too— my daughter started competing as a gymnast, my son became a passionate cook in the kitchen and my husband competed in his first Tough Mudder. We all became happier and healthier people because of self care— it’s contagious and incredibly rewarding!
What are some self care activities?
I spent time trying to pinpoint activities that I truly enjoyed doing. This wasn’t an easy process— I had actually been so far removed from thinking this way, that it took some time to uncover a true “self care” activity that would fuel the flame inside of me. I had to think back to being a little girl when weekends felt forever long and chores lasted a mere 30 minutes.
I always loved watching airplanes fly overhead and spending hot afternoons at air shows with my dad. We loved airplanes and I always thought it would be cool to fly one. So I decided part of my new self care routine would be learning to fly an airplane. Now, I know this isn’t practical for everyone. And honestly, it wasn’t that practical for even me. But it was what I needed… and Ryan supported me embarking on this adventure.
More self care ideas that may interest you…
- design floral bouquets
- tending a garden
- volunteering at a horse stable
- garage sale shopping
- landscape painting
- roller skating
- rock climbing
- coffee date
- joining a book club
- sleeping in
- schedule a spa appointment
Free Self Care Guidebook
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Self Care Tips to Practice now
- Spend time outside: Getting physical is one of the best ways to boost endorphins and feel better quickly.
- Nourish your body: Embrace healthy-ish foods in your diet (in Spring Training #3, we’ll dive more into this)
- Shift your mindset: Constantly focusing on the negative side of things makes it difficult to feel full-filled. Practice adopting a mindset of gratitude and hope. This is one of the most life-changing self care practice you can incorporate— yet will takes lots of work.
What will you embrace?
Leave a comment below sharing your ideas. Remember, share as much detail as possible in your reply. Thousands of incredible people come here for insight and motivation along their wellness journey. Your comment may spark a breakthrough for someone else in what their self care routine could look like!
By: Jen Hansard | Updated: 3.19.2019 | COMMENTS: 30