I wrote this article for my newsletter subscribers last week, and many people seemed to enjoy it… so I thought it would be fun to share it with you too!
I’m thinking about l-o-v-e this week, but not the overly commercial kind. Instead, I’m thinking about all the ways to celebrate ourselves: how we care for ourselves, spend time with ourselves, and love ourselves.
And I thought it might be nice to share some of my favourite simple practices for daily self-care and self-love.
1. Start every day by reminding yourself of one thing that makes you feel well loved.
- Did someone grace you with a beautiful compliment?
- Did you take an important step toward your passion project?
- Are you proud of yourself for handling a difficult situation with patience and poise? (… maybe surviving another day of home schooling your littles?)
- Did you get dressed up for a Zoom call and you feel lovely?
- Did you treat yourself to a new candle, book or something else that gives you a moment of pause in your hectic day?
Think of one thing to help start your day off on the right foot!
2. Put your phone on “Do Not Disturb.”
If it weren’t for Airplane mode, I sometimes wonder if I would get anything at all done!
I try to do this a few times a week and my productivity certainly soars. (And if I can combine it with my toddler’s nap time… that’s true work bliss!)
Putting some distance between my always-on phone and me, especially when I’m writing or focusing on tasks that support my Big Hairy Audacious Goals, is always good self-care in my books.
3. Move your body.
If you’re feeling tired or stuck, getting in some light exercise is always a benefit! Head outside for a walk or a hike through a forest or other natural setting on a sunny day. Or, if you have snow, strap on your snowshoes (and bundle up if it’s below zero!).
Too hot or too cold to go outside? Jump on a rebounder (mini trampoline), make your moves in an online dance class, or do 5 x 5 of your favourite yoga poses… even if it’s in the last 5 minutes before you dive into bed.
If you have mobility issues, look for a gentle stretching routine on YouTube that you can follow or adapt to your comfort.
4. Drink more water.
Did you know that it’s incredibly easy to become dehydrated in winter? That’s because regardless of the weather, your body relies on water to maintain a normal, healthy body temperature. And if you have a thyroid or other health condition that affects your body temperature, a lack of regular water intake can tax you even more.
But I have to make an effort to drink enough water, especially in winter!
I try to keep a glass on my desk so it’s always within reach. Hot beverages like herbal or caffeine-free teas are other great ways to get re-hydrated. But coffee and other caffeinated beverages are not since they’re diuretics—you’ll lose more water than you take in.
Do you notice a BIG difference when you’re properly hydrated? If not, then you might not be consuming enough yet. Dry skin, joint pain, low energy, and mental fog are just a few of the symptoms of dehydration.
5. Explore flower essences.
Two of my favourites right now are Red Clover and European Elder ‘Black Lace’.
- Red clover flower essence is deeply nourishing to the nervous system, allowing us to rest and relax. It offers a roadmap to self-care, through the heart chakra. It supports self-care and self-nourishment.
- European Elder ‘Black Lace’ flower essence is a beautiful heart remedy. It helps boost our capacity for love, opening us up to new love, new opportunities, and new relationships. An excellent support for unconditional self-love, it reminds us that we cannot thrive without support or love from others.
Bonus tip: when I’m at my desk, I almost always add flower essences to my water. They offer an energetic and vibrational boost!
6. Get creative.
Many have been drawn to explore their creativity this year, myself included! I started playing with acrylic pour painting at Christmas and I love the process of making art this way. I hope to explore botanical art with plants from my garden this summer.
You may find your creativity in journaling or writing a blog, cooking, baking homemade bread, taking photos, making music, creating art from textiles or any other way that makes you happy. Art is also an emotional experience so if you find it hard to tap into how you’re feeling, art can be an effective way to do this.
I love that creativity is completely personal and there is no wrong way to do it… perfect for the perfectionists among us!
Need some ideas? Check out this article I wrote last spring, Creative Practices for Stress Relief.
7. Start a gratitude practice.
You can download my brand-new 30-day Gratitude Calendar from my Free Resources page. It offers helpful ideas and prompts and can be a great reminder to appreciate all that we’ve been blessed with!
8. Take a time out.
Stress can be as harmful as any diagnosed medical condition, especially chronic and long-term stress. We always have a choice about how we respond to any situation, good or bad.
If you need to calm down, you can:
- Do some simple breathing exercises.
- Clear your mind and take a break from the computer.
- Do a one-minute meditation to centre yourself.
- Drink a cup of water as slowly as you can with as much focus as you can.
- Add your fav essential oil blend to your diffuser.
- Turn off the news and listen to a nature soundtrack for a few minutes. (Spotify has lots of options!)
9. Write it all down.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when we have a lot on our plates. Especially if we feel too busy all the time, like it’s a badge of honour.
I like to make a list of everything I’m working on, short and long term, and then I can prioritize from there.
My favourite website for a digital to-do list is Asana. I use it for all personal and professional projects and there are so many ways to make it work for you as a task list or goal setting calendar. Of course, an old school paper agenda can work just as well (and I always have mine handy!)
Hope you enjoyed these simple suggestions for giving yourself a bit of extra self-care and self-love today (and always!).
I shared several resources:
- Heart and Heart Reset Practice with Yoga with Adriene
- Living Love – Connection as an Experience (and I also really enjoy her mindful movement videos!)
I would love to know your favourite way to care for your body, mind or spirit if you care to share 🙂
Life is a plate… Eat up!