5 Easy Self Care Ideas
My main goal or resolution for this year is self care and self love. I want to be healthy and happy. Setting goals for your life is great and most the years I set different goals, such as lose X amount of pounds. Now that I am figuring out how to love myself and take time for self care, it’s not about the weight to me. I genuinely just want to feel better and be healthy and happy this year and I have 5 Easy Self Care Ideas to help us all out with that.
As a mom, I tend to focus on everyone else’s needs before my own and I don’t think that’s always a bad thing. I am sure many of us do this, but there is that saying “you can’t pour from an empty cup” and that is very true. If you take a little time for self care you will feel so much healthier and happier and be able to give more. I don’t know about you, but when I am feeling grumpy or unhappy it shows through in the way I am acting towards others.
5 Easy Self Care Ideas
DRINK MORE WATER
This might seem like such a small thing, but it has a HUGE impact. I really love having a large water bottle like this one to help me drink more water. I started drinking a gallon of water a day and it has changed so many things. The main things are my skin looks and feels so much better, I haven’t gotten any headaches (normally had one everyday) and I am way less tired.
Once you start drinking enough water you will notice the difference in your body. The general rule of how much water to drink is take your weight in pounds and divide it in half. Drink that many ounces of water a day, add 12 ounces to that per hour that you work out.
DO ONE THING YOU LOVE DAILY
Reading a book (I am reading this one), listening to music, meditating or watching your favorite show. Take 20-30 minutes out of your day and spend some time with yourself, doing something that you enjoy. I know being a parent or adult in general has a lot of responsibilities, but you can find 20 minutes in your day if you really focus on it. It can be when the kids go to bed, or right when you wake up and drink your coffee. Having a little time spent doing something you love with make you feel so much better.
This is hard for a lot of us, but just taking small steps in the direction of eating healthier is so beneficial. Don’t tell yourself you can’t have this food or that food, just make baby steps to eating foods that are better for you. Try to eat a fruit or vegetable with every meal. Swap out the unhealthy food for healthier options. Check out this Clean Eating Book.
For example, if you make burgers for dinner go for a leaner meat, remove the bun and wrap it in lettuce, trust me it’s still tastes really good. Try eating more whole, good foods. When I eat clean, whole foods my energy is higher and my whole body feels better. When you feed your body good things, your body will feel good and be able to function better.
GET ENOUGH SLEEP
This one is tough for me, I am a night owl. When I stay up to late, I always regret it in the morning when my kids are so energetic and I want to go back to sleep! If you already get enough sleep, then go you! If you tend to stay up late, like me, try going to sleep an hour earlier to start. Getting enough sleep is crucial to your health and mental well being. Magnesium oil helps me sleep better, I wrote a post all about it, you can find it here.
DON’T BE HARD ON YOURSELF & STOP COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS
This is the most difficult one for me. I have always struggled with self image and self love, always the overweight kid and teenager. If I messed up my eating for one day, I would continue all week with my bad eating habits and start over again on Monday. We are human, we make mistakes and it’s okay. If you have set goals for yourself, that’s so great, but if you “mess up” it’s okay! Trust me, it’s part of the journey. You don’t just wake up one day and have everything all figured out. It takes time. Baby steps my friends, baby steps. Start slow and steady. You can do it. Tell yourself you are beautiful every single day. This might sound silly, but do it. Look at yourself, all your lumps, bumps, and say I AM BEAUTIFUL.
YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL
I am sure I am not the only one who looks on social media at others and thinks how pretty they are, and if I could change this or that about myself I would be prettier. That is so toxic. Comparison is does not help you in this self care and self love journey. I can see another woman with stretch marks and fat rolls, like I have, and think how beautiful she is, then why can’t I think that about myself? I can and I am allowed too.
Sometimes society makes us feel we have to look a certain way to be beautiful, we are beautiful at every stage of our bodies. You can want to lose weight or be healthier but still love your body as it is right now. Or you can not want to lose weight and love yourself the way you are!
Anyway you are, you are beautiful and deserve to love yourself.
There are my 5 Easy Self Care Ideas, I will be working on all of these this year, I hope I learn to love myself more than ever, and I hope you do too.
Comment below with your favorite self care ideas, I always love new ideas for self care.
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