This post is dedicated to everyone who is going through a journey of loving, healing, and accepting themselves. I didn’t realize how important self-care was until recently, when I got diagnosed with a condition called endometriosis. I talk more about this in my previous post.
Long story short – my mind, body, and soul were craving for care and attention over the last couple of years, and not listening to them caused me to get ill. I realized that if I wanted to heal, I needed to start by taking care of myself. And by self-care, I mean adding activities to my everyday life that go beyond brushing my teeth and taking a shower (though these are both important too).
Self-care is an act of self-love.
My own self-care practice has a lot to do with the food I put in my body. Eating whole foods like fruit and vegetables helps raise my vibration and contribute to my healing. This is because food brings a certain energy to our bodies. It can either make us feel good and healthy, or bloated and sick.
Since we are all unique, there are of course different self-care practices that are better suited for each of us. So rather than listing only my own self-care practices, I wanted to give you even more ideas. This way, you can simply use this list as inspiration to start (or continue) living a healthier and happier lifestyle.
I recently asked four friends and bloggers the question “How do you practice self-care?”. I hope you are able to get inspired by their answers and the illustrations of the amazing and talented Karen Ova.
Who is she? Yvon is an artist and writer at Embracing My Wings. She had a stroke in 2004 when she was 24 years old. Since then she was left with about 10% of the energy that most people have. In her blog, she writes about her journey towards embracing everything that shows up in her life —including struggles, victories, and finding freedom through loving acceptance.
Yvon’s answer: I find that I’m able to improve in all areas of my life by changing how I care for myself. So to say that self-care is important to me is an understatement. I could talk for hours about this, but these are the practices that make the most impact.
- Slow down. Slow your pace. Practice being gentle with yourself and taking a little extra time for each task.
- Pause. Taking a minute before moving on to the next activity acts as a natural break that I find to be really relaxing. A few breaths can be enough.
- Celebrate. Celebrate what’s going right rather than lamenting what is not yet working (treats encouraged).
- Be easier on yourself. Let yourself off the hook. Allow mistakes. Talk to yourself as though you love yourself (imagine that). This one is very much a work in progress, but a key part of my practice.
- Treat yourself to some flowers. This is an easy way to show yourself some love.
- Have your favorite treat. I often treat myself to my favorite snack, which is a healthy (!) version of chocolate mousse. It’s super easy to make too! For two small portions, blend one avocado, two ripe bananas and four tablespoons of raw cocoa powder. It’s so delicious that I savor every bite.
Who is she? Stacy is an online dating consultant and profile writer. Through her services, blog, and dating strategy sessions she offers singles around the world an opportunity to break down barriers in order to create their own dating success stories. One fun fact about Stacy is that she met her husband on Tinder! And now they’re traveling the world together as digital nomads.
Stacy’s answer: When it comes to self-care, I have made a habit out of three core practices. That said, I’m always experimenting with new ways to practice self-care, as it really is a learning process.
- Allowing myself time to connect with my husband. Whether this is through afternoon cuddles or device-free coffee time on the balcony, we make sure to regularly check in with each other throughout the day.
- Slipping physical activity into my daily routine. I’m not personally one to use a gym, but I do incorporate exercise into my routine by pursuing the things that I’m passionate about, such as yoga, geocaching, and exploration.
- Regularly getting a full 7-8 hours of sleep. Getting enough sleep at night is rarely something I compromise on. I love feeling rested, and I allow myself to do so!
Who is she? Dianna is a holistic enthusiast, an endometriosis activist, and the founder of Wholefully Beautiful. Her blog is geared towards providing inspiration on healthy nourishment, simple everyday home improvements, and thoughtful reflections. She shares her personal experiences in her blog in order to help women who are going through the painful condition of endometriosis.
Dianna’s answer: Self-care, this definitely doesn’t sound difficult to do but it’s actually challenging if you’re not on the ball. How do I practice self-care to the best of my abilities? Here is what I do:
- Get up and pray to God before anything. Time with God is mandatory.
- Make an anti-inflammatory and boosting smoothie.
- Make a list for the day and check back on it to make sure I do what I need to get done (it helps schedule my day out).
- Always find some quiet time for myself, usually by taking a walk, reading a book, or meditating.
- Take detox baths once a week to help clear toxins out of my body.
- Say at least 2 or 3 positive things a day and surround myself with it.
Who is she? Camilla is a mom of two, writer, poet, artist, and nature photographer. She is twenty years into a spiritual journey of releasing fears, releasing “the way it’s supposed to be done”, and awakening to her true self. Camilla’s first memoir, “D iz for Different – One Woman’s Journey to Acceptance“, touches on her ten-year marriage and becoming a single parent to two kids, one with special needs. Her daughter, Lillian, has a chromosome abnormality called 18p-.
Camilla’s answer: I feel each person’s self-care routine is as unique as each person’s passion and purpose. Self-care has been a high priority for me being that I have been a single mom to two kids for the past eleven years (with one having special needs and the other being an Einstein-like genius). I’ve gone through several phases of taking care of myself as I began to travel a spiritual path. My self-care practice is a combination of caring for my outer self and caring for my inner self:
- Meditation every morning when I wake up
- Journal writing nearly every morning
- Soul writing
- Walking – Being in nature
- Long hot showers or a long hot soak in the tub
- Eating organic real food not containing preservatives, dyes, or artificial flavors
- Connecting with, feeling, and releasing emotions
I hope you enjoyed reading their answers as much as I did, and that this post will inspire you to put some of these ideas into practice. Comment below on which were you favorite. Or if you have any other helpful ideas to add to the list, I would love to hear about it!
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