To say that 2020 thus far has been difficult, is an...understatement. With staying home our new norm, finding time for yourself still does not come easy. Our daily lives have been rearrange in a blink of an eye and many of us are still trying to figure it out. Here are some ways to incorporate self care in your daily routine:
Sit In Stillness
Whatever that looks like for you. Take time to sit and meditate, pray, daydream. It does wonders for the mind. We have a lot to think about these days and just letting your mind wander gives it the break that it needs.
I love a good Stream of Consciousness/Brain Dump session. All you do is write whatever comes to mind. Don't think about it, don't construct it, don't read it. Just write it down and close your journal. If you read it, you've just dumped 200 thoughts out and put 2 million thoughts back in. Get it out of your brain and then let it go!
Doing a daily routine doesn't have to be a 20 step ordeal. Or it can be if that's what works for you! Using a skincare collection makes it simple to take care of your face daily. Take the time to incorporate all those skincare tools that you've been meaning to try. Make your skincare a meditation moment; light your favorite candle, put on some relaxing music and take your time. Doing this will make your skincare feel less like a to do and more like a daily ritual you look forward to.
And don't forget that Body-ody-ody!
Take a bath or an extra long shower. Dry brush to drain your lymphatic system. Soak in an epsom salt bath or give yourself a luxurious body scrub. Our skin is the largest organ of our body. Protect your skin because it works hard to protect you!
I know, I know, we hear this all the time, but it's true! Don't conform to some Instagram number of ounces. Start with 64 oz and make a goal to drink more than you did the day before! Drink green tea without sweetener or add some fruit or ginger. All of these will help you get those ounces in a little easier.
Not only is this one of my favorite songs, this is now all of our realities. Connect with friends and family in new and creative ways. Whether it's Zoom, FaceTime or Google Hangouts, have a tea party or spa party. Plan with your planner buddies. Have a virtual brunch. The ideas are endless. Take this time to become creative and connect with the ones you love!
Is your freezer throwing food at you every time you open the door? Having a hard time finding anything on your desk? Start small and organize just one thing. Organization is a form of self care because when you are organized, you can focus and move with ease which allows you to be at peace and let go.
With many of us working from home, kids being homeschooled and who knows what else is going on, taking a nap in the middle of the day may seem impossible. However if you find yourself dozing off, step away from what you are doing, set your alarm, even if it's for 10 minutes, and just rest.
One of the best self care practices you can do is practice GRACE! Give yourself grace for the things you didn't finish or even started for that matter. Do what you can and remember tomorrow is a new day!
Navigating this new reality is a lot, but remember you're not alone and you've got this!