I feel like self care is kind of a buzz word in today’s society, and to be honest I was a little hesitant to use it. It’s SUPER common to hear people talk about self care, and I feel like at this point, it’s nothing new.
I don’t want to write a blog post that’s just repeating the same old thing in your ears; I want you to have a fresh perspective after every post that you read.
That’s why these self care ideas are a little uncommon.
I think that self care too often is thought of as taking bubble baths and doing face masks, but I think that the five that I’m going to give you today are a little less common than the stereotypical self care ideas.
Not that I don’t have myself a bubble bath every once in a while :)
Self care, to me, is a decision to love your best in every moment. That means loving yourself AND loving others. Living the best life you can is one of the best gifts you can give back to yourself.
1 - Do something kind for someone else
The reason why this is so counterintuitive is that you think of “self care,” you think of doing something kind for yourself. Just allow me to explain my though process here.
Have you ever regreted doing something kind?
No, no you haven’t. I decided that for you :)
Doing something kind makes you feel all warm inside - you know the feeling. Even though you’re doing it for someone else, a side effect is that it will make you feel better.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
2- Let go of perfectionism
You’re not doing any favors by beating yourself up for not being perfect.
Believe it or not, none of us are perfect. None of us look perfect all the time, feel perfect all the time, act perfectly all the time… none of us are perfect.
Everyone is just another human being who laughs, who has fun, who feels happy… but everyone also cries and worries and regrets and struggles. No one is exempt from that because it is the human experience.
So every time you look at someone else’s life and think that it’s perfect or that there’s no way they’re struggling or have any problems - you’re wrong.
We’re in this together. Support one another, don’t compare yourself. It’s so much harder to be kind to someone who you’re jealous of, so don’t let jealousy enter into your life.
That’s self care. It’s taking care of your mind.
Don’t worry about trivial, passing things like other people’s opinions. If you let that stop you, then you’re capping yourself off, not letting yourself reach your full potential.
I have to remind myself that it’s God’s opinion that really matters, so I can let go of the opinions that don’t.
3 - Set yourself up for success
Planning out the future has the potential to improve your future AND your present. It will reassure you that there is a plan, and it will help you follow through and create a better life.
This means long-term and short-term.
What are your short-term goals? Long-term? What steps are you going to take to get there?
You can think about it, but without a plan those goals will always feel far-off.
Make a plan. Make to-do lists in the morning and write down your long-term goals and your plan of action.
4 - Clean out your closet
I mean this in a literal and a metaphorical sense.
Cleaning out your living space will decrease your overwhelm. You know the feeling of walking into a clean, organized room? Well, your house can look like that.
Start small with a closet or even a drawer, and keep it up. It feels good.
You also have to think about your other living space - your mind. Your mind is a vessel for your thoughts, and your thoughts are incredibly impactful. They can be the difference between success and failure, so choose them wisely.
I’ve got a few ways that I recommend cleaning out your mind:
5 - Get some extra zzz’s
It seems like a lot of people are tired and a lot of people consciously deprive themselves of sleep.
Sleep has stopped being a priority. We all know how important it is for our health, but I think that a lot of people don’t really, truly prioritize it. If you prioritized it above doing a perfect job on your homework, then you would go to bed instead of checking over your homework five times.
Sometimes sleep is more important than the perfect grade or that TV show that you’re watching or even working out (yes, I said that). I know that it’s really hard to prioritize it in the moment, when everything else seems to be more fun. However, getting yourself on a regular sleep schedule and winding down with a nighttime routine can be a game-changer.
I challenge you to carve out thirty extra minutes for yourself to sleep if you don’t get your ideal amount of sleep on a regular basis. Prove to yourself that your health is a priority. That’s what I call self care.
Self care doesn’t have to mean taking a bubble bath or painting your nails. Self care can mean changing your mindset, setting yourself up for success, kindness, or prioritizing your health... and maybe taking a bath, too :)
Take a little time out of your week for self care this week.
And, if you have any other self care ideas, feel free to share them in the comments below.