Hello everyone! Welcome to Self Care Saturday. It’s been an eventful week of blog posts and with Self Care Saturday, it finishes the week of well. Speaking of self care, it’s also been a rough week for me at least. Blogging every day has been a blast, but to be honest with you, it does take a lot more time than expected. I’ll be coming out with a new schedule soon. It will be very similar to the one I created last week, and I’ll still be blogging regularly. Just hang tight for a while as I figure out what works best for Hope Springs Journal during this transitional time. Now, that you’re up to date with the blog in general, let’s get into today’s topic.
Self care is often mistaken for being self absorbed and conceited, but really we all need some “me” time once in a while. Self care is really just taking care of your physical and mental well-being. It’s hard to do that sometimes when there are others depending on you as well. Whether you’re a mom, older sibling, or working it’s hard to find time for yourself in between the events packed into your busy schedule. So, if you’re struggling to the find time for your basic needs or maybe you’re in a slump after a recent hardship in your life, here are some self care tips for you:
1. Plan Your Day
Every night take a half hour to write down all the things that need to be done for the next day. Create an agenda, and make sure to include everything from the time it takes to brush your teeth to meal prep. Use planner printables. Day Designer has the most amazing planners and a ton of free pritables that you can download and print. Here are some of my favorites:
2. Take Care of Your Physical Well-Being
Make sure you’re taking care of yourself physically. Eat three healthy meals a day, get regular exercise, and go to your doctor appointments. Make sure that you’re health has priority. Make time for this because how can you expect to take care of others if you’re not taking good care of you?
3. Take Care of Your Mental Well-Being
It is so easy to forget about our mental health, but it is what powers us and keeps us going. Take time to journal, listen to motivational podcasts and music, sit down and do something you enjoy. It doesn’t have to take too much time, just make sure it’s in your agenda every day. Talking to someone you trust helps too. But, if you find that you are having overwhelming anxiety or depression, I would advise you to seek professional help. It may seem like too much of a hassle, but I think you can work in an hour appointment once every couple of weeks, depending on the severity of your condition. Anxiety and depression are real issues, but there are people out there who have made it their priority and responsibility to help you.
4. Organize Your Life
This goes back a little bit to planning your day. Not only organize your everyday life, but plan ahead by organizing the next week or even the next month. You also should physically organize your life. Keep your house clean because it always feels so much better. Having a messy environment is like having a lot on your mind. It’s stressful and sometimes blinding, but once you clear it all by writing it down, or in this case, putting stuff away, you can think a lot better.
5. Spend Time with People That Love You
There are so many people who love you even if you might not see it. Your family, friends, the Lord. They will never stop loving you. Even if you aren’t religious, there are tons of people that love you. Spend time with them and be grateful for them. Love them because they love you. This can even be a dinner with your family where you just talk about the things in the world and how they affect you.