We’ve all heard the term self-care and many of us like to think that we are good at it. We read the memes and countless articles and blog posts about the importance of taking care of oneself on a deeper level. If self-care is the what when it comes to nurturing yourself, then pouring back into yourself is the how.
The how is the part that gets many of us stuck.
I thought I would write a blog post addressing the importance of filling your proverbial cup by giving you ideas or prompts on how to do so. With my 25 Ways To Pour Back Into Yourself, you will learn:
- prompts to help you come up with ideas for your self-care regimen.
- encouraging activities that may help with anxiety or stress.
- how to carve out time for YOU
Here’s my list:
The art of meditating means ‘to think deeply or focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation’. It can help calm and soothe you while allowing you to be present and in the moment.
I’ve been journaling since I can remember, and it has helped me express my thoughts and feelings, while sometimes getting out things that I am not comfortable sharing with others.
Home Spa Day
During the pandemic, I learned that having a home spa day can be just as good as going to one. You can set the mood the way you’d like while enjoying your own safe space. Light candles, use aromatherapy, oils, whatever your pleasure.
You can give yourself a mani or a pedi, wash your hair or use a foot bath for a massage.
Make a playlist
Music can heal as well as help you pour back into yourself. Make a playlist of songs that relax you and make you feel safe and secure.
You can also just do nothing. Enjoy some downtime away from the world outside to get in touch with yourself.
Do something you love
If you love it (and it’s safe and doesn’t cause any harm) do it!
Floating is a wellness experience for your mind, body, & soul where you float effortlessly on top of high density salt water in a supported environment. In my instance, you are in a pod with subdued light and music as you float weightlessly. While doing so, everything is tuned out. The world, your problems, negativity, and even physical ailments.
Most major cities have at least one floating center, and it can be inexpensive to try. You can even look on Groupon for deals.
Take a class
Learning something new isn’t only good for you, but can help you grow as a person. Take a cooking or art class. Want to learn coding? There’s a class for that too.
Talk to a friend
Sometimes a good chat with a close friend is what’s needed.
Take a bath
I love a good bath–luxuriating in bubbles with my Dr. Teal’s Foaming Bath with music planning (or with a good book) is stuff dreams are made of.
It’s okay to splurge every now and then. If you are able to (without going into debt or having buyer’s remorse), buy something that’s just for you. Something that you’ve wanted or saved for.
Write a letter to yourself
Writing a letter to yourself may sound a little strange, but believe me, it’s a great way to pour back into yourself. Write a letter to yourself, either forgiving yourself for something, or reaffirming a belief or thought and place it in an envelope. Don’t open it write away, and during a time where you may need some motivation, open up your letter and read it.
I am not a fan of working out, but I can tell you each time I do, I feel better afterwards. Do as little or as much as you can. It can be walking around your neighborhood, stepping on the treadmill, or even lifting weights. Whatever you select, your endorphins will thank you later.
Take a walk
Speaking of working out, taking a walk is a great way to pour into yourself. Get out and get some vitamin D and enjoy the weather when you can.
A good nap is always a good idea.
Buy yourself flowers
If you are into flowers, you don’t have to wait for someone to get them for you. Buy them for yourself. Trader Joes is my go-to when it comes to getting bouquets of flowers on the low-low.
Traveling solo is one of my preferred self-care methods, and before Covid, I used to do it regularly. Now that we are back “outside”, I plan on scheduling a solocation soon. (Now, if these airfare prices would just go down)
According to Healthline, aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being. Sometimes it’s called essential oil therapy. Aromatherapy uses aromatic essential oils medicinally to improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit. It enhances both physical and emotional health.
I use aromatherapy with the use of essential oils and a diffuser helps to freshen the air while keeping the scent in the air.
Get a massage
The benefits of massage include reducing stress and increasing relaxation, reducing pain and muscle soreness and tension, improving circulation, energy and alertness, lowering heart rate and blood pressure, and improving immune function.
Get your hair done
This is one of the best ways to pour back into yourself–it makes you feel good and gives you an extra pep in your step.
Put your phone and other devices on DND and zen out.
Hit the beach
According to experts, Beach Brain is a good thing. Read this article for more information.
Purge your closet
Getting rid of unwanted items and clutter helps clear the way for organization and less chaos.
Did you know that some people (I’m some) believe that crystals hold healing power and has some physical and mental benefits? Read this Crystal 101.
I challenge you to pick at least three to five things on this list, and make doing them a priority over the next fifteen days. Add the selected activities to your calendar with a scheduled day and time to make sure that they get done.
What are some ways that your pour back into yourself? Let me know.
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