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I recently read The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, and I was so inspired! “I’m going to wake up at 5:00am every day!” I thought to myself as I set my alarm. And then I’m going to do yoga and read and meditate and, and, and…
And instead, I hit snooze. Like, a lot. I ended up getting out of bed at 6:45am.
If you haven’t read The Miracle Morning, I honestly suggest you give it a go if you’re looking to take better care of yourself. I picked it up after I realized that I needed more out of my day. I had a fulfilling career and an amazing family that I was finally getting to spend time with after years of early mornings and late nights at the office, but I was neglecting myself. I’d gained weight and became winded walking stairs. I hadn’t read a book in months. I’d forgotten how important it is to practice self-care every single day! Hal Elrod’s book was the perfect jumping off point for my self-care journey!
So that morning where I hit snooze 10 times? I still did yoga and read, but I did it throughout the day instead of first thing in the morning. And I’ve spent the last month tweaking my self-care routine. In doing so, I learned a very important lesson: Your self-care routine is intimate and personal. You shouldn’t mimic someone entirely unless it actually works for you!
THREE ARMS OF SELF-CARE
It’s pretty easy to neglect your physical well-being. Pushing off doctors appointment, going to bed late and waking up early, grabbing fast food when you’re too tired to cook. It’s a trap that many of us have fallen into, myself included! But you guys, you only get one body! It isn’t like a car where you can just replace it. So if you’ve been putting off creating a self-care routine, start today and start with your physical well-being.
Physical Self-Care Ideas
- Eat healthy food
- Get enough sleep
- Take a relaxing bath
- Pet an animal
You know that stuck feeling you sometimes get? Where you just don’t see any way out of your current situation and just want to curl up in bed until you retire? We’ve all been there, but it’s a lot easier to overcome if you’ve been nurturing yourself mentally.
Mental Self-Care Ideas
- Unplug from social media for a bit
- Reignite a passion or hobby
- DIY something
- Take a class
Spirituality isn’t terribly different from mental health. Nurturing your spirit requires work, especially if you’re easily overwhelmed. Depression is stronger than positivity. Anxiety is stronger than wisdom. Because of this, it’s so important to do something for your spiritual well-being every single day. And if you’re feeling depressed or anxious, it’s okay to ask for outside help.
Spiritual Self-Care Ideas
MY SELF-CARE ROUTINE
A lot of the ideas above are actually straight out of my routine:
- I use the “bedtime” section of the clock app on my iPhone to ensure I get enough sleep.
- I do some type of exercise each day, normally either cardio or yoga and usually in the afternoon.
- I take breaks during my work day to play with my pets.
- Once a week, I take a class or two on Skillshare.
And I could go on. These ideas are just a jumping off point for you to create a routine that works for you. Not a morning person? Neither am I! Implement self-care throughout your entire day. I usually tie my walks into lunchtime.
ALREADY PRACTICING SELF-CARE?
If you’re already practicing self-care, tell me in the comments below. Tell me what’s working for you and what isn’t. No tip is too small – it could be the key to unlock someone else’s entire reality so please share!