Let’s look at the definition of self-care, that one being “the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s health.” Based on that definition alone, we can all agree that self-care means different things to you and me. And guess what, that’s fabulous! None of us are the same, why should our self-care routines be?
The GR8 Self-Care Habit
Whether you’re new to this whole self-care thing, or you’ve been striving to make progress for a while, we salute you. Well, let me rephrase that I salute you because self-care is not easy, and finding the right routine for your lifestyle isn’t either.
As long as you’re practicing conscious self-care, you’re making sure your self-care isn’t turning selfish, and most importantly, your self-care routine doesn’t feel like work, we’re off to a GR8 start.
The Importance of a Self-Care Routine
Most people think self-care is all about bubble baths, massages, and meditation music. I was one of those people. But when you start noticing the difference between a shallow self-care routine and a meaningful one, there’s no turning back.
Before you start yelling at me, hear me out. Bubble baths and massages are without doubt forms of self-care. But unfollowing toxic people, speaking up about mental health, and changing your diet habits are also self-care. They just don’t come wrapped in a pink package and a shiny ribbon.
Enter the Self-Care Routine
Just as we fall off the wagon when our fitness routine is not solidified, the same happens when we don’t have a self-care routine. Set some time to write down what your self-care routine looks like. For example, here’s mine:
Mondays: Workout for at least 45 minutes.
Tuesdays: Journal for 30 minutes before bedtime.
Wednesdays: Sip a glass of wine.
Thursdays: Take a walk outside, preferably in the morning.
Fridays: Talk to a friend.
Saturdays: Go through my 10+ step skincare routine.
Sundays: Meal plan for next week.
See? That’s a self-care routine that includes a wide spectrum of activities that make me (and my body) feel GR8. Share your self-care routine using the poll above or #GR8Selfcare.