Do you find yourself wishing self-care was easier or are you natural at it?
I’m kind of in between.
On one hand, I struggle to juggle my everyday responsibilities with my own needs. On the other hand, I realize how much better I feel when I practice self-care and I even start to crave it when I go too long without it.
“There’s no better way to energize your body, mind, and soul than by taking care of yourself.” – Stephanie Tourles
Knowing that self-care allows me to show up as the best version of myself in every aspect of my life, I make sure to incorporate into my daily routine as much as I can.
But I also know that for me to stick with it, I need to KEEP IT SIMPLE.
If it’s overcomplicated and starts to feel like a chore, I’m the first to bolt. Are you with me on this? 🙋🏻
So today, I’m sharing 5 ways to simplify self-care to help you make it part of your daily routine.
5 Ways to Simplify Self-Care
1. Adjust your mindset around it
Do you feel guilty about practicing self-care? Or maybe you think you don’t deserve to take some “me time”? Do you think that you’ll never have the time or energy to practice self-care consistently?
“Reality is built out of thought, and our every thought begins to create reality.” – Edgar Cayce
The truth is if you don’t view self-care as necessary, then you’ll always be able to go without it no matter how stressed, overwhelmed, and exhausted you feel. The way you think about self-care dedicates the amount of priority you put on it.
Focus on why you’re practicing self-care. Think of how you want to feel and view self-care as a tool to help get you there. Maybe you feel exhausted and need to make time for rest. Maybe you feel overwhelmed and want to feel less stressed.
Try practicing affirmations to help you rewire your thoughts around self-care. Repetition is key in building new thinking patterns so you can learn to value and respect yourself through prioritizing self-care.
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2. Check in with yourself
No matter how busy you are, try to take a few minutes out of your day to check in with yourself.
Some days you’re constantly running around and barely have time to take a breather. I get it. That’s why it’s important to be mindful of how we feel throughout the day.
If you can’t seem to dive into having a self-care routine right away, start viewing self-care as an intuitive practice. Just learning to be present and mindful of what your needs are throughout the day is the best way to simplify self-care.
Set a few daily reminders on your phone to remember to check in with yourself. Maybe you simply need a 5-minute break to be alone, some fresh air, or an uplifting podcast in your ears.
Here are some questions to ask yourself throughout the day:
- How do I feel at this exact moment?
- How are my energy levels?
- Do I have any pain or feel any tension in my body?
- How am I feeling about the day ahead?
- What do I need right now to have a better day?
- Where is my attention going right now?
Checking in with yourself helps you bring your focus back to what your needs are and helps you become more in tune with your mind and body.
3. Start with the essentials
When they say self-care doesn’t have to be complicated, they’re not lying.
“Self-care is not self-indulgence. Self-care is self-respect.” – Unknown
Take a moment to reflect on how you can add more physical and emotional self-care into your life without overwhelming yourself. What are your immediate needs?
Remember it’s all about you and what you need, not about what other people are doing. Start slow and when you’re ready, work your way up.
Here are some basics to take care of first:
- Nourish your body with water & whole foods
- Daily movement (walk, stretch, dance, take the stairs – keep it simple!)
- Get enough sleep to feel rested
- Take a refreshing shower
- Get fresh air
- Do 1 thing you enjoy (Again, keep it simple! It can be as simple as drinking a cup of coffee)
4. Focus on the joy
Self-care is about doing things that make you feel good. Nothing less, nothing more.
Whenever I think of self-care, I think of this prompt:
Write down a list of things that make you happy. Then write down a list of what you do every day. Adjust.
Doing this exercise really helps to put things in perspective. It’s crazy to think we can go the whole day without doing things that make us happy. That’s why self-care is so vital in keeping us feeling recharged and grounded.
Do the exercise above and ask yourself: what do I need to remove from or add to my day to make me feel happier?
And then go and actually do that.
5. Be flexible
Cut yourself some slack and be flexible with your self-care routine.
When I first started practicing self-care, I would get stressed about not being able to do everything on my list. I learned that not every day is going to be the same and that I’ll have to move things around to better fit my day.
If that means only spending 5 minutes at the end of my day to do something I enjoy, then I take what I can get.
A big part of self-care is giving yourself grace and not being so hard on yourself.
Read this next: How to be Easier on Yourself Through Self-Compassion
Remember: Don’t overcomplicate things for yourself. The trick in simplifying self-care is to find what works for YOU and tailoring it to fit your lifestyle.
No matter how many times things don’t go as planned, remain flexible, give yourself grace, and keep choosing to honor your feelings and needs.
Now over to you … what tips have helped you make self-care easier? Let me know in the comments below!