If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, it’s time to pack up and join the self-care tribe. It’s a fun, good-looking crowd, trust me.
I don’t know why it took so long for the term ‘self-care’ to start trending because it seems like such an essential part of being a functional human being. If we want to be good workers, friends, and partners, we also need to take time to work on ourselves. Feeling balanced means you have mastered juggling your own needs and others’. But the key to making self-care a constant habit is to find a ritual that you can actually do on a regular basis. (i.e. doing a sheet mask once while juggling laundry, kids, dinner, etc. is NOT self-care. That’s just putting a mask on while you go crazy.)
Below are 5 self-care rituals I’ve adopted over time that have really helped me take time for myself regularly. Consider trying one or two of them out, or think about what rituals you could create for yourself.
Tea ritual before bed
Almost every night, my boyfriend and I decompress by having a hot cup of tea before bedtime. Tea is great for you, of course, and certain types can help you sleep. But the real seller for me is the calming feeling I get from holding a warm cup and doing nothing but drinking it and chatting with Luke.
SPF and moisturizer morning ritual
This one took time to develop, but every morning before I leave for work, I put on my Olay daily moisturizer with SPF. Taking a minute to protect my face from the sun makes me feel like I’ve got my shit together in at least one facet of my life. Also, I’ve always wanted to be one of those badass chicks who actually wear SPF daily and now I am well on my way. Bottom line, if you can successfully put on SPF every day, you’ve got your shit together and don’t let anybody tell you different.
Sheet mask evening ritual
Reading break ritual
This one can be done at any time, but I like to take breaks to read a chapter or two from my current book. For example, sometimes I’ll spend part of my lunch break reading. I’ve always found it super healthy to get out of your own head for just 30 minutes and read about a different place. Especially if you’re having a rough day and need an escape.
Adopt a plant… Any plant
Adopting a plant forces you into a ritual of taking care of something on a regular basis. Every day, I water my outdoor plants with my little blue watering can and I check the indoor plants’ soil to see if they need water too. Every once in awhile, I add new soil or re-pot plants that have become rootbound. The results are not just beautiful, but the daily or weekly process of taking care of your plants can be so calming and restorative. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, a simple, easy going plant like a snake plant or succulent can still provide a calming ritual for you.
What self-care rituals do you practice or recommend to others? Let me know in the comments!