Developing a self-care routine is essential to making sure you’re setting yourself up for success. Self-care is nuanced, it’s hard, and it’s necessary. In this post we’ll talk about how to develop a self-care routine that will keep you taken care of.
Self-Care is loving and enjoyable. It’s nourishing and beneficial to the self. It’s a necessity, not a privilege; required for self-preservation.
Practicing self-care seems like this lavish concept that only the wealthy and privileged get to engage in. Luxurious bubble baths with expensive lush bath bombs, taking mental health days, going on extravagant vacations; are all examples of self-care that might make it seem like an out-of-reach concept for those of us who can’t just call off work on a moment’s whim.
But the fact of the matter is, self-care is not a privilege, it’s a matter of self-preservation.
Self-care is needed when you’re healthy and when your body is off balance. It helps keep you grounded and happy. It shows yourself that you care about you. A powerful message that is highly underrated if you ask me.
So how do you practice self-care if you can’t afford a monthly trip to the Hamptons?
If you develop self-care routine then it becomes a part of everyday life. It’ll start happening even when you’re stretched thin, short on time, and just overall burnt out. So let’s build a self-care routine shall we?
The key to developing a self-care routine to support you means having a strong bank of self-care activities that will serve you.
Below are some questions to help you build out brainstorm of things that can serve as self-care in a variety of settings. Ask yourself the following:
Now that we have a solid brainstorm of self-care activities, let’s organize into a solid self-care routine.
The next step to developing a strong self-care routine is to design yearly self-care rituals.
Often times our yearly rituals come in the form of running a marathon every year or setting the intentions for the New Year. These routines are powerful because they often take a while to prepare for. They are our main focus for the year. The overarching goal that we want to achieve.
Whatever yearly ritual you set for yourself, know that it’s important and it plays a role in the overall year-long health.
Some self-care activities to add into your yearly self-care routine include:
After addressing your yearly self-care routine, it’s time to take a look at your weekly self-care.
What can you do weekly to help better improve your life? Weekly routines can help you set a positive tone for the week and help you stay on track with goals.
Some self-care activities to add into your weekly self-care routine include:
And now, it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty of your self-care routine: your daily actions. Ask yourself when you can fit in time for yourself during the day and plan for self-care. Self-care is vital daily because it helps set the tone for the day and keep stick to your weekly intentions.
Small things like flossing and brushing your teeth count as self-care and should be accounted for.
Some self-care activities to add into your daily self-care routine include:
Now that we have a yearly, weekly, and daily self-care routine, we can’t stop there. A sick day self-care routine is important too.
When we are sick or exposed to foods we need to avoid, it’s important to have a self-care plan in place to help maximize recovery. Learning to self-soothe healthily is so important.
When you aren’t feeling well ask yourself “what do I need to feel better?” and give it to yourself.
Some self-care activities to add into your sick day self-care routine include:
If you’re a fellow friend with celiac, check out my post on building a gluten exposure recovery kit to support you during your next glutening.
Lastly, it’s important to develop a self-care routine for when you’re burnt out.
We all have been there, that moment where you are excited about something and suddenly don’t have the energy to do it. When you have a due date or a project you need/want to finish but lack inspiration. It’s like a motivation or creativity block.
Having a plan in place to help you revive your motivation and inspiration is important when you need to stick to your plans and goals!
Some self-care activities to add into your burnout self-care routine include:
If you have celiac disease and are experiencing celiac specific burnout, check out my blog post on celiac burnout for more tips on how to take care of yourself in those moments.
Like this post? Share it with your friends? Maybe plan a time to build self-care plans with each other.