#01. 5 Day Self-Care Challenge
Self-care covers a lot of areas with regard to caring for yourself. It involves nurturing your body, mind and spirit. It focuses on building yourself up so that your internal resources don’t become depleted.
Essentially, self-care is being as good to yourself as you would be to someone you care about.
It requires you to show yourself some compassion and encourages you to be vulnerable with others, asking for help you when you need it. And yes, I find that hard to do, too. What doesn’t fall under the umbrella of self-care are self-destructive coping mechanisms such as using drugs, drinking, gambling or retail therapy. These things only make you feel good in the short-term.
THE BENEFITS OF SELF-CARE
There are lots of benefits to practising self-care. Embracing this concept can be difficult for those who’ve always placed emphasis on the welfare of others, whether it's carers, mothers, teachers, nurses, foster-carers and others. However, giving all your energy to those around you without filling your own back up leaves you depleted and empty. That’s no way to live.
Instead, spending time and effort on yourself rejuvenates and energises you. Taking time to indulge in your own interests demonstrates your worth, leading to improved self-esteem and a more positive outlook on the world. It teaches you a lot about yourself and provides you with insight into what you need to be the best version of yourself. In other words, you'll be helping others through caring for yourself.
Self-care helps you better cope with stress and to prioritise what’s important to you. You’ll be better able to take care of others when you also take time to meet your own needs.
EXAMPLES OF SELF-CARE
There are countless ways to add self-care into your routine. The key is to choose activities that are most enjoyable to you and provide you with the most benefits.
* Going for a walk in nature is great for those who enjoy the outdoors. Other forms of exercise like pilates, running or going to the gym work well, too.
* Spending time with friends can be rejuvenating, but so can saying no. Allowing yourself to decline invitations or favours when you’re feeling run-down is a big part of caring for yourself.
* Treating yourself to a favourite, affordable indulgence like a movie, taking a relaxing bath, manicure or even enjoying an ice cream cone are all good examples. Taking time for prayer and meditating on God's Word is helpful, too.
These are just a few of the ways you can easily incorporate self-care into your life. Now you know what self-care is and what it’s important. You’ve also got some ideas of how to get started, so you’re well on your way to adding this useful practice to your life.
I want this self-care challenge to be hands-on, practical, helpful. And it's fine to know about self-care and why you should be planning self-care into your daily/weekly routine; you also need to choose some fun activities to focus on, relax and enjoy.
While I've included a couple of suggestions in this article for you to consider, you need more.... and you'll find more below.
#02. 5 Day Self-Care Challenge
Like any new habit, adding self-care into your life can seem kind of tricky. You probably wonder how you’ll manage to find time to do anything extra for yourself, let alone how you’ll actually remember to do these things.
One of the best ways to get started is to build your activities into predictable parts of your day. In order to make something a habit, it has to happen regularly. Keep reading, and I’ll show you some tricks to making self-care a routine part of your life.
Make It Personal
The first thing that will help you in creating your self-care rituals is to choose activities that are meaningful to you and that you enjoy. This is your practice, so you want to be sure it’s customised in order to get the most out of it.
Consider making a list of things that help you to feel relaxed, peaceful, excited or happy. These activities should be able to be done in a short amount of time and easily fit into your life without special equipment or tools. At least as you begin your practice, the things you choose to do should be as simple as possible.
A simple activity that you might like to consider is listing your blessings at the start and end of the day. You can do this mentally or write it down in a book or journal.
If you've already downloaded The Ultimate Self-Care Handbook yesterday, you can add this idea to your daily planner or write it on the notebook paper to consider later. Continue to plan ideas that you include as meaningful self-care rituals and add them to your Self-Care Handbook.
Fit It In
You should plan to include your self-care rituals to the most convenient parts of your day.
Choose times that are already somewhat flexible so that incorporating something new into that space will be less stressful. Many people go with morning or evening routines, right when they wake up and before going to sleep each night.
Getting up fifteen minutes earlier than usual and setting aside a window during the usual night-time schedule are usually things most folks can do. However, maybe designating your daily lunch break as your self-care time might work better for you.
Consider activities like writing a gratitude journal entry before bed, listening to music while having your morning coffee or going for a short walk over your lunch hour.
Trial and error may be required, but find a moment to call your own every day.
It’s best to come up with a routine that works for you and stick to it.
Committing to a particular schedule will help you to create a habit and ensures that you get the self-care you need. However, try to cut yourself some slack. Some days are more hectic than others. You may not be able to fit in your anticipated self-care activity, and that’s okay.
Tomorrow is a new day, and you can try again. Soon, you’ll find yourself wanting to take part in these rituals, and getting back on track will be easy.
Getting into the practice of regular self-care doesn’t have to be difficult. Making a few adjustments to your existing schedule can free up some space in your day.
Choose things that will refresh you and that are relatively simple will make getting started a breeze.
Use the Daily Planning Page of your Self-Care Handbook.
Download and print multiple copies of page 9. Plan out your day but include 'you-time' both morning and afternoon.
The 5_day Challenge
You’ve probably heard the term “self-care” used a lot lately. It’s become a popular buzzword in the media and in personal development circles.