At first the title of this post was going to be "Treat Yourself to Some TLC," but the word "treat" just didn't seem right. Giving yourself TLC shouldn't be a treat, it should be a necessity. So many of us are juggling a million things and are just plain burnt out. We're spending all of our time reacting, instead of being proactive.
What can we do about that? We're all going to dive into some self-care. We're going to make it a priority because each and every one of us deserves it. Why? In a nutshell, self-care leads to self-love and we should all love ourselves. Self-care helps us slow everything down while giving our bodies and minds the attention they need. When you give yourself TLC, you're tapping into the energy inside of you and becoming more in-tune with yourself. Self-care helps you to become more efficient and more energetic! If you're feeling a bit selfish, please don't. Self-care will help you to be a more loving friend, spouse, parent, etc.
We've covered the "what" and the "why," so now onto the "how." How do we practice self-care and fit it into our busy lives? We've got a few ideas for you and most of them won't add but a minute or two to your day.
Take something you already do every day and turn it into a ritual. A few examples:
Your Morning Coffee (or Tea) - Be intentional with every step of the process. Smell the coffee grounds as your measure them out (or take a sniff of that Keurig pod before you pop it in). Enjoy the sounds and scents as the coffee is brewing. Pour that glorious cup of happy juice into a mug that makes you happy. Now sip and enjoy.
Skin Care - Many of us rush through the process of washing our faces in the morning or evening. Turn this daily practice into some self-care time. Don't just spread that face wash on your face and rinse, take 1 minute to give yourself a facial massage. Rub your temples, relax your jaw, stroke your neck. Rinse with warm water then a splash of cold water to close the pores. Follow up with serums and/or moisturizers.
Bathing - Hopefully bathing is something we're all doing already. Take it from a daily habit you rush through and turn it into some TLC time. Add dry brushing to your routine before you shower. Dry brushing is said to boost circulation, exfoliate, stimulate the lymph nodes, improve digestion, and improve the appearance of cellulite. Add essential oils to your shower or bath. Choose an oil that is energizing/refreshing in the morning and one that is soothing/calming at night. Last but definitely not least, dip into a bubble bath. Turn on some music, light some candles, maybe pour yourself a glass of wine. Really indulge yourself. You've earned it!
Journaling can be whatever you want it to be. Take a few minutes to dump your brain onto paper. Write what you're grateful for, vent, ask questions...whatever you want. Sometimes it just feels good to empty your brain onto paper.
Take a few minutes to sit still with yourself. Turn your phone on Do Not Disturb. Chant, focus on your breath...whatever you need to do to just let go.
Food is a great healer, and we all need to eat. Be mindful while you are preparing your next meal. Think about all of the nutrients in the ingredients you're preparing. Inhale the aromas of the food as it cooks. Take in all of the colors of the foods. And don't forget to savor each bite as you eat.
How Our Trainers Practice Self-Care:
"My most important self-care ritual is getting my 8 hours of sleep every single night. I make bedtime a ritual by using essential oils in a diffuser to help me sleep. I use a combination of Vetiver, Cedarwood, and no surprise here…Patchouli in a diffuser every single night. I was introduced to the use of essential oils for sleep by a dear friend and haven’t looked back since. Sleep is one of the most important things you can do to repair your mind and body and.. it is FREE!" - Lindsey
"I recently started writing in a journal/planner every morning. I write three things that I am grateful for and then I map out my day. At the end of the day I circle back and write 3 more things that I am grateful for. There's just something about putting pen to paper that soothes me and helps the gratitude sink in." - Alison
These are just a few ideas to help you give yourself some TLC without adding much time to your busy schedules. We'd love to hear from you! How do you practice self-care? Share in the comments below or on our socials!