Many people have already established routines in self care. Some of them you might not even realize are apart of self care, such as having a bedtime routine, or making lunches the night before. Some self care is done more consciously like when you take that long hot bath once a week. However, I’ve found that switching your self care from time to time can really bring a boost into your day.
Switching up your self care might involve making a small change to your routine. For instance, maybe you feel that you might need to take your lunch break away from your place of work, so you go out for lunch a couple times a week. I have many co-workers so say they used to work through part of their lunch to “get more done” but stopped because they were finding it was detrimental to their overall productivity and sense of sanity. Or maybe you stop going to the spa quite so often because the cost of it is starting to make you obsess over your bank account. Change is inevitable and your self care needs to change as your lifestyle and needs change.
However, I’ve also found that doing something different just for a day can greatly help your state of mind. That could look like doing something like a whole day at a fancy spa–perhaps one where you do the hot soaks and then cold dips where no talking is allowed. I did this sort of spa retreat with a couple of friends once, and we all left feeling relaxed in a way that I’ve never felt before or since. Or, it could be very simple and very cheap.
I remember one day a couple of summers ago when my fiance was feeling particularly restless. We had no plans, and both of us did not feel like wandering around in a mall or driving into the city. But it was pretty clear we needed to do something. So we decided to go walking and take pictures with our phones. We paid attention to odd things like cracks on the walls, old trees, flowers, and it was very uplifting! He felt much better at the end of it. Does this sound like self care? It’s not probably when you think of when you think of caring of your emotional and mental state, but it was good self care.
Think outside of the box. Switch things up. Allowing your self care to evolve is good self care after all.
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