The notion of self care has had a capitalist take over in recent years.
On one hand, it’s great that people are talking about mental health and the importance of taking care of yourself. My issue lies in the branding of self care. It’s the new “treat yo’ self” as if self care is something that is a treat that you afford to spend some money on because you’re investing in yourself.
What is also true is that we collectively procrastinate with self care, putting it off for when we have a large chunk of time to devote to it – which tbh rarely happens.
I love a good face mask and bath bomb as much as the next person, but being kind to yourself and living a healthy lifestyle should be a given. Cause you’re worth it bb.
Here are 8 easy self care activities you can add to your routine that will actually give you the self care you need:
1. 10 Minute Clean-Up
If your space is a mess, odds are so are you thoughts. Ignoring it doesn’t fix shit. The concept is simple, set the timer on your phone for 10 minutes and start picking up. Doing it early in the morning will help you start your day on a productive foot and help you feel accomplished.
2. Add Some Fresh Flowers to Your Life
When you feel a little dead inside, the best first step is to add life to the outside and fresh flowers give that pick-me-up. Fake flowers will not do.
For cheap flowers, check out the discounted bouquets at grocery stores. I’ve your #blessed to live near a Trader Joe’s, they have them pretty cheap. You can also look into local farmers markets or see if there are any flower picking fields in your area.
It’ll bring life into your space and making your own arrangements can be therapeutic.
3. Morning Stretches
This one is easy, but doing some simple stretching gets your blood flowing right after you get out of bed. It’ll wake you up and help prepare your body for the day.
4. Wash Your Sheets
Sometimes we spend more time in our beds than we probably should or don’t spend as much time as we’d like. Either way, you can’t go wrong with a clean and fresh place to sleep.
You’ll sleep better and feel more comforted and refreshed. Also washing your pillow cases is good for your skin.
5. Do something Nice for someone else
I’ve never volunteered or given a gift and thought “Wow, I still feel garbage.” Maybe while you’re fixing up a bouquet for yourself, make a smaller one for your mom, grandma, or friend.
Find opportunities to volunteer with a cause that means something to you. Giving a little gives you a lot in return.
6. Set Phone Reminders
Sometimes we get so busy and overwhelmed that we forget to handle the basic necessities. For me, I have a silent reminder to drink water throughout the day.
Setting them for taking medication or even just to take a breath will help you when you forget to help yourself.
7. Practice Gratitude
Stop reading this for a moment and list 3 things that you are grateful for at this moment. For me currently, I’m grateful for my ability to seek out the best for myself, almond milk, and my supportive parents.
The more we focus on the positives in our life, the sooner our entire mentality changes. Set a reminder on your phone and do this daily, even if it’s just 1 thing a day.
8. Change the way you speak
Namely about yourself and about the things you want to accomplish. The way we frame situations with our language tells a lot about how much faith and trust we have in ourselves and others. Instead of writing down goals as “I want to do…” say “ I am currently working on…” You are amazing. You are talented. You are currently developing yourself.
The more present we are with our language about ourselves, the quicker our goals manifest.
Take care of yourself, love yourself, do a face mask, but never underestimate how small acts can make a big impact on your mental health and happiness.