How to Make Self-Care a Daily Habit

While I was swimming this morning, I started thinking about how I’ve made self-care a daily habit for the last fourteen years. Doing something that makes me feel energized or that allows me to feel fulfilled and joyful is my mission each day. Don’t misunderstand me, I have my struggles pushing through on many days and falling short on going to the gym, eating properly, getting enough rest, choosing the right clients for my business, overscheduling my children in extracurricular activities and I could go on.  Through trial and error I’m learning what makes me feel at my best mentally, physically and spiritually.

Two and a half months ago, I dropped a Kitchenaid mixer on my toes which resulted is crushed bones, two toenails removed and a host of other casualities.  I had to stop working out and elevate my foot for weeks.  As I transitioned back to walking, wearing shoes and now exercising, I am constantly reminded to take it slow and honor the healing process.  This week, I was able to resume working out with non-weight bearing exercises, so I decided to swim.  Each day as I returned from my early morning swim, I felt more alert and alive.  Being away from my favorite “Me Time” activity made me think hard about how important this ritual is in my life.

If you have ever struggled with  being consistent for you then read on.  Usually, when I have to stop doing what I know improves my life it is because I have lost focus of what fulfills me.  Think about this for a minute.

Have you ever gone to the gym to workout and had the thought while leaving, ” I feel so much better”.  While we all know what makes us feel better, that feeling isn’t always enough in the beginning to drive us to do what we know will serve our highest good.  So you might be thinking,” How do I make self-care a habit?”  Here are a few of the strategies that have worked for me over the years:

*  Schedule your self-care time daily.  It can be 15 minutes or more but make time in your calendar for you each day.

*  Identify your self-care activities.  It is so much easier to schedule time when you know what activity matters most and refuels you.

*  Keep it simple.  Grand plans sound great but are hard to maintain.  Make implementing your self-care rituals easy.  You might light candles daily or take a nice bubble bath at the end of the day.  Make it easy to say yes to taking care of yourself.

*  Tell your family that you need them to help you and hold you accountable to take better care of yourself.  Your family can help to hold you accountable.

*  Divorce guilt.  Self-care is as important as brushing your teeth.  It makes you stronger and healthier.

If you desire support on your self-care journey, I encourage you to join the Million Moms for Self-care Movement at www.timeformom-me.com.  We want to learn from you, encourage you to reach your highest goals and support you in your self-care process.

Live fully,

Mia

The Mom Strategist

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