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Self-Care is Not Optional: Here are 4 Realistic and Creative Self-Care Practices Anyone Can Find Time to Do

Because the most important person in your life is yourself!

By: Audrey Swanson

Let’s get serious for just a sec and get this out there right from the start…self-care is not selfish, period. In fact, practicing regular self-care can help us show up and be a better version of ourselves which everyone benefits from. It can also make us more productive at work and in our personal lives. So, if you feel selfish for trying to find some daily “me” time, it’s time to shift that thinking. We are here to tell you that it’s ok and essential to practice self-care (daily!)  

The problem is that many of us live crazy lives with very little wiggle room in our schedules. Life can get so busy that it’s easy to push back hair appointments and skip the gym. And dare we say find time in our schedule for that nail appointment that gets rescheduled month after month. And, while the spa sounds perfect, and a weekend getaway would be absolute heaven, making space to schedule those in is usually a no can do.

Anybody else find themselves in this exact situation time and time again? So, maybe we need to step back and reevaluate our approach to self-care. Days, or even hours, of me-time may not be realistic for you right now, and that’s okay. Self-care can be as simple as 10 minutes a day of prioritizing your needs above anyone else’s.

In fact, that sort of regular, daily self-care practice will reap long-term perks. You’ll have something to look forward to on a day-to-day basis, and it will help you reframe your mindset around prioritization and time management. Here are a few ideas for out-of-the-box self-care regimens that you can start playing with today.

4 Daily-Self Care Practices we all Need to be Doing

#1 Start the Day With Gratitude

Studies have shown that the more intentionally thankful we are for the little things in life, the more natural it is to maintain a positive and upbeat disposition. Set your alarm five minutes earlier than normal, stow a notebook beside your bed, and list out three to five things you’re grateful for every morning. They can be simple and insignificant or more elaborate–just write whatever is making you happy lately. And, if getting up early really isn’t your jam, give yourself some grace if you miss your alarm. You can always squeeze in your journaling as you sit down to drink your morning cup of joe.

#2 Test a New Recipe

Do you find yourself in a diet rut? It’s easy to get stuck in a rut where we make the same few iterations of dishes every week. That’s because we know them and they’re easy. Turn on a little jazz, and try a new recipe from a food blogger you follow. Or attempt a never-been-cracked recipe from that cookbook a dear friend gifted you. Cooking can be a fun de-stressor and major creative outlet. Bonus points if you share the meal with friends or loved ones! And, if you have kiddos at home, get them involved! It can be a super fun way to unwind with the fam before you all sit down to enjoy the delicious meal you just whipped up together.

#3 Break it Down

Don’t let the stressful and sometimes mundane day to day tasks us adults have on our plates get in the way of some of that playful nature we all know is inside of each and every one of us. Ok, so sure, we may have to dig deep to find it, but blasting some of your favorite tunes is a great way to de-stress. Plus, when’s the last time you turned up a little Taylor Swift and boogied on down with your bad self? Trust us–letting go and jamming out feels GOOD for the soul. You don’t have to be a “good dancer.” You just need to have fun.

#4 Try out Something New

It’s easy to get caught up in the monotony of our daily routine. Sleep, work, dinner, and repeat. This week, commit to enrolling in a class, picking up painting, trying a new workout, committing to reading for 10 minutes a day–do something (anything!) to shake up your norm and get outside your comfort zone. You’ll probably learn something, form new relationships, and become reinvigorated with life. And that’s the goal, isn’t it?

The Takeaway

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