There are too many people who say “tomorrow” or “next week.” This is what we said to ourselves yesterday and last week. We can just start today.
In today’s go-go-go, busy and overwhelming lifestyle, it is more important than ever to set aside time every single day for some self-care. When we are expected to work long hours and pass on vacation days, there is an underlying belief that we must always be productive – which can ultimately take away from opportunities for self-care. But by taking some time out to engage in self-care, we can relieve the pressures of everyday life and reset ourselves to get back to a healthy point where productivity is once again maximized.
Engaging in a self-care routine has been clinically proven to reduce or eliminate anxiety and depression, reduce stress, improve concentration, minimize frustration and anger, increase happiness, and improve energy–to name just a few. Ultimately, self-care enhances our well-being by keeping us connected to ourselves and reminding us of what matters most to us.
There’s a Chinese proverb that states, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago; the second-best time is now.” This is true for a lot of things, but nowhere truer than when it comes to our health. Would you like to tell your teenage self to take better care of your mind and body? You can’t; but future you would love to pass that same message along to your present-day self.
So start now. Start implementing self-care habits and rituals into your daily lifestyle. Although self-care is not a one-size-fits-all approach, there are some core habits that will greatly benefit us all:
Remember that self-care is personal, and no general principle will always work. What motivates you and inspires you is different from the person next door. Look for the things that make you feel alive. Make dates with yourself; when you commit to working out or doing something for yourself, keep that commitment you make to yourself.
Now here are some self-care ideas to get you started on your own self-care journey: