Create a Self Care Routine

create a self care routine

It has been a tough week and it’s time that I engage in some serious self-care. I know that self-care has been proven to improve mental health, but how do you create a self-care routine that you can stick to? There are many ideas for self-care routines, but you don’t want to make this too complicated. Hopefully, this post will help!

When you create a self care routine, I recommend incorporating simple activities that are related to what you do daily. This way, you won’t become overwhelmed with an activity that is made to do the opposite. However; everyone is different, so as you create your self-care routine include what’s best for you. Also, keep in mind that your self-care routine can be modified at any time. Now, let’s talk about what a simple self-care routine entails.

What is Self Care?

Self-care is the act of caring for your mental and physical health. Self-care can also be seen as an investment in one’s own health and happiness. It has been found that people who practice self-care tend to have lower rates of depression, anxiety, addiction, stress, and illness than those who do not practice self-care. You can read about the 7 pillars of self care here.

Self care is for everyone

Self care is not a luxury. It’s not something that is only for the wealthy or the privileged. Self care is for everyone. Self care is about taking care of yourself. It’s about making sure that you are taking the time to relax, rejuvenate, and nurture yourself. Self care can be as simple as taking a bath, reading a book, or taking a walk. It can also be as complex as spending time with loved ones, seeking out mental health care, or taking classes in new skills.

The key is to find what works for you and to stick to it.

Many people may not realize that taking care of oneself is an important part of maintaining mental health. When people don’t take care of themselves, it can lead to a number of issues, including increased anxiety, stress, and depression. It is important to take care of yourself to maintain your well-being. The idea behind self-care is that if you are not taking care of yourself, then you will not be able to take care of others.

What Self-Care Routine is good for Mental Health?

Self-compassion is the process of being kind to yourself, understanding that you are not perfect, and making an effort to show kindness in order to feel better. Practicing self-compassion can help you feel less stressed and happier. It can also help you be kinder to others. So we can pretty much say that incorporating self-compassion and kindness into your self-care routine is good for your mental health. 

How can I practice self-compassion? By practicing mindfulness-noticing when your thoughts are negative and then choosing how you will react.

self-compassion by practicing mindfulness

Create the ultimate self care routine

Self-care routine examples are anything from taking a bath, reading a book, or going for a walk.

Self-care routines vary from person to person and are often influenced by the individual’s personal preferences. It is important to remember that it is not about doing something that you enjoy all the time but about doing something nice for yourself when you need it most.

Self care routine ideas

  1. Wake up early and make your bed. This self-care daily routine will help you get organized and focus on your day. When you make your bed you have accomplished one task already for the day!
  2. Drink plenty of water. This will help you stay hydrated and energized throughout the day.
  3. Eat healthy breakfast. This will help you start the day off right. Even if you eat a slice of toast with butter and a bit of jam with your coffee, this will give you a feeling of preparation.
  4. Take a break every now and then. This will help you avoid feeling overwhelmed. I recommend setting a reminder on your calendar or phone every couple hours to take a break for 15 minutes.
  5. Get some exercise. This will help you feel energized! I like to set a reminder for myself 3 days a week to engage in some sort of physical activity. My favorite is taking a walk to my local park.
self care

What to do when you need help

If you have been taking care of yourself, but still feel like you need some additional support, there are many different resources available to help:

Talk with someone close to you- Calling a close friend or family member will distract you from the negativity you may be feeling.

Reach out for professional help-Therapy is a great way to learn effective coping skills.

Reach out for professional help when you are struggling with a mental health issue. There are many professionals who can help you, and you don’t necessarily need to go to a hospital or a doctor. Here are some resources to get you started:

  1. American Psychological Association (APA) – The APA has a directory of mental health professionals available online.
  2. Mental Health America (MHA) – MHA has a directory of mental health professionals in the United States.
  3. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7 support for people who are suicidal or have feelings of suicide.

Get involved in a community or club-Volunteering in the community or even virtually will bring you great joy!

In today’s busy world, it can be easy to feel isolated. But there are plenty of ways to get involved in a community or club, and it can be a great way to connect with others and make new friends. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Join a club or community organization. There are plenty of groups available, including community service organizations, sports clubs, and religious organizations.
  2. Join a social networking site. There are plenty of online communities available, including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
  3. Join a local community group. There are often groups available that focus on a specific interest

Volunteer your time or skills-If you are really good at a particular skill, offer your time to teach others.

woman volunteering

Take a break from social media– Let’s face it, when we are feeling down, social media has the tendency to make it worse. It’s ok to put the phone away for a few hours or days if needed. Social media can be a great way to stay connected with friends and family, but it can also be addictive. If you find that you’re spending too much time on social media, take a break. You’ll be able to reconnect with people in a more meaningful way once you take a break.

Apps for self-care

My absolute favorite app for women’s self care is Sanity&Self. Developed by a woman that believes women should be seen and heard, promotes ways to engage in meaningful self-care. The app has awesome ideas to help you create a self care routine. Check it out!

Conclusion

As you can see, when you create a self care routine it is important and easy to incorporate into your daily schedule. Remember to do what makes you feel good and remain consistent. You will thank yourself later!

Self-Care routine checklist

Feel free to print our free self care checklist pdf! Enjoy 🙂