Right now there is this huge movement towards self-care. Everyone is talking about it, everyone is going it except the people that would benefit the most from it. It’s easy to take care of yourself when you feel good about yourself, but it’s a lot harder to do acts of self-care when you are at war with yourself.
For the last week I have made a conscious effort to do more acts of self care. The first thing that I did was sit down in front of my mirror and think about all the bad things that I think about myself and then I tried to think of what the opposite of that would be. I wrote them down on a whiteboard next to my bed so every morning before I get out of bed and every night before I go to sleep I see them.
Every morning when I get up I stand in front of the mirror and I look myself in the eye and say out loud:
You are beautiful
You are smart
You are worthwhile
You have something to share with the world
I say this about twice to myself and even though it felt funny at first I honestly found myself smiling when I was done. It felt good and in that moment I believed it.
Another act of self care was buying all natural products such as doterra skin care. I believe in living more natural and less chemical based. So, I felt it was important to have natural skin care products. I find that I often get busy and don’t tae enough time to give my skin the proper care it needs. I started washing my face every morning and evening with a microderm brush, face wash, hydrating serum, toner, and moisturizer. I also started to dry brush in the mornings or evening. This helps the blood flow. Helps to absorb fat and decrease cellulite.
All of these things are things that I’ve wanted to do or focus on or awhile, but haven’t made the time or the effort to do so. They make me feel good about myself. Of course I also try to work out 5 days a week. Which is another way that I show myself that I care. Working on feeling strong and confident. Making myself better than the day before.
Outside of the physical though, I have also been taking the time to work on project that I’ve wanted to work on for a long time. My blog, stories, vlog, studying German and Mandarin.
Self-care is about finding out what make you happy, what makes you feels good, and making a concerted effort every day to do those things.
What I learned:
* Daily affirmations work wonders
* Taking time out of my day to do things I enjoy is important
*It’s just as important to take care of your brain as it is your body
- Make a list of things you want to do and pick a few to do each week
- Make a weekly and/or daily to do list and add self-care items
- Spend some time creating daily affirmations that are personal to you and then stare at yourself in the mirror and say them everyday until you believe it.
*** disclaimer I am not a medical or health expert these tips are purely from research and are self tested. Be sure to talk to an expert for proper health and nutrition recommendations