The practice of self-care has been around for centuries. The wealthy never skipped on their spa treatments and incorporated beauty regimens in their daily schedules. They hired personal chefs to ensure their nutritional needs were met and personal trainers to help them maintain their figures. So, maybe this is why most people cringe at the sound of the word self-care. But is it something that’s so far removed from us? Does one have to be wealthy in order to incorporate self care practices into his/her daily life?
Let’s begin by defining what self-care means. Self care by definition is engaging in an activity or activities that promotes the improvement of your mental, emotional and physical health. This is different for everyone because we all have different needs. So the need for comparison is unnecessary. I always encourage people to do what’s best for them and is in alignment with their current life journey.
As I’m writing this, the world is experiencing a pandemic. COVID-19, for many has created feelings of trepidation, uncertainty and anxiety. Most people are working while at home and many are on the frontline providing services and care to those affected by the virus and their families.
These circumstances make it difficult for many to prioritize their own needs. We put things on the back burner and tell ourselves that we will deal with it later.
Making your self-care a priority does not mean you are being selfish or that you do not care about others. You are giving yourself the permission to heal, rest, regroup and create a lifestyle that is conducive to the vision you have for yourself. Ultimately, we all want to be at peace, healthy and emotionally well.
Taking care of your well-being does not have to be a chore and does not have to cost a lot of money. There are many activities promoting self-care which can be done at home.
Here are a few activities that you can do in the comfort of your home:
Give yourself a pedicure
Give yourself a manicure
Give yourself a facial
Take naps, lots of naps
Watch reruns of your favorite show
Take a technology break
Schedule a few sessions with a therapist
Try out a new recipe from your favorite youtube channel
Clean out your junk mail folder
Plan a virtual meet up with friends or family
Read a book on your favorite topic
Reorganize a room in your home
Listen to inspirational podcasts
Plant a garden
Learn a new language
Study the bible and pray
Write a list of gratitudes
Join a fitness challenge
Make a vision board
Create a bucket list for things you can do later
Write a book
Make a list of places you would like to visit once you can
Do nothing; just relax