Updated: Apr 21
How To Add Self-Care Daily
Like any new habit, adding self-care into your life can seem tricky. You probably wonder how you’ll manage to find time to do anything extra for yourself, let alone how you’ll remember to do these things. One of the best ways to get started is to build your activities into predictable parts of your day. To make something a habit, it has to happen regularly. So keep reading, and I’ll show you some ways to make self-care a routine part of your life.
Make It Personal
The first thing that will help you create your self-care rituals is to choose activities that are meaningful to you and that you enjoy. It is your practice, so you want to customize it to get the most out of it. Consider making a list of things that help you feel relaxed, peaceful, excited, or happy. These activities should be done in a short amount of time and easily fit into your life without special equipment added to it. At least as you begin your practice, the things you choose to do should be as simple as possible.
Fit It In
You should add 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. For example, many people go with morning or evening routines, right when they wake up and before sleep each night. Most folks can usually do getting up fifteen minutes earlier than they typically do for self-care. Others would benefit from setting aside their self-care time during the regular night-time schedule. However, maybe designating your daily lunch break as your self-care time might work better.
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 develop a routine that works for you and stick to it. Committing to a particular schedule will help you create a habit and ensure 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 want to participate in these rituals, and getting back on track will be easy.
Getting into the practice of regular self-care doesn’t have to be complicated. Making a few adjustments to your existing schedule can free up some space in your day. Choose things that will refresh you and are simple, making getting started a breeze.
Dr. Pat Bracy