Self-care is amazing. We can all agree on that, right? Who doesn’t love something that helps us de-stress, makes us feel awesome, supports our well-being and more? That’s just so much goodness!
But is there one right way to do it? How can we create a kick butt self-care routine that makes us feel awesome?
It really can be hard to know where to start. And when you try and re-create someone else’s rocking routine only to find yourself absolutely hating it… well, it’s pretty easy to feel discouraged.
So if you find yourself feeling completely overwhelmed by all of the self-care activities flooding your Instagram feed or struggle to create a self-care routine that’s right for you, I’ve got your back! These are the 5 self-care tips you need to hear right now. Let’s dive in:
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5 Self-Care Tips You Need To Hear Right Now
1. Don’t Overload Your Routine
I know I like to talk a heck of a lot about self-care tips and all the different activities you can tap into for stress relief, wellness, joy, relaxation and more… And goodness, there really are so many of them! But I don’t expect you do to them all. That’s impossible!
The truth is that you can’t possibly do every single thing that could potentially be good for you. Nor will you be interested in every healthy self-care activity either. And that’s ok! If you tried to do everything you’d probably end up so busy and overwhelmed with “self-care” that you’d ultimately become pretty darn stressed out. And that kind of takes the “care” out of self-care, doesn’t it?
Ultimately, your self-care routine isn’t supposed to feel so overloaded that it stresses you out.
I learned this lesson the hard way! Graves Disease taught me to truly prioritize taking care of myself. And when I hit my first remission I was convinced that I could maintain my good health if I continued to make my well-being and self-care a priority. But I went overboard…
I had a self-care ‘to-do’ list that was practically a mile long. And I stuck to it, regardless of how busy my day was or how I was feeling. I left zero room for adjustments. It. Was. Exhausting.
I was doing all the “right” things, but I was so overwhelmed… self-care shouldn’t feel that way.
Surprise. I relapsed. Was it because of my self-care routine? Not really. But it was caused by stress and my zero flexibility approach to “self-care” wasn’t helping at all.
Honestly, I was acting out of fear of getting sick instead of a deep sense of love and respect for myself. And I realized that what I was doing wasn’t really self-care. Not when it left me feeling stressed and burnt out.
So, while it can be super tempting to do every awesome activity every single day, my advice is to be flexible. Do what feels right when it feels right. That’s always enough.
2. There’s No Right Way To Self-Care
Not only is it important to create a self-care routine that flexes and respond to your needs, it should be full of activities that feel right for you!
I honestly adore sharing different self-care ideas with you and love to dive deep into how they might support your health. I’m a big ‘ol nerd, what can I say. But ultimately they are only ideas.
If you already do them, or feel inspired to give them a go, that’s awesome! Now you know a little bit more about how these activities will support your well-being. Which just adds to the fun! That’s what I’m here for – Health and love and tons of giggles!
But if a self-care activity doesn’t feel right or you don’t have room for them in your schedule, that’s totally cool! Take what works for you and leave the rest sweet friends.
You should never feel pressured to keep up with a self-care activity that just isn’t right for you.
There are tons of options out there. You do you baby! If something isn’t right, kick that self-care activity to the curb (unless it’s something like a dentist appointment. I’m personally not a fan of those, but that’s self-care too and kinda a big deal… we’ll talk more on that in a sec.)
Ultimately my goal is simply to inspire you to love yourself and prioritize your well-being. But what that looks like is different for all of us. And I don’t want you to feel guilty when your version of self-care looks different from mine or anyone else’s.
We’re all incredibly unique and beautiful and our lifestyle needs to reflect that.
Long story short, one of the most important self-care tips I can offer is this: there’s no one right way to do it. Whatever way works best for you right in this very moment is pretty awesome indeed.
3. Self-Care Isn’t Always The Fun Stuff
Self-care is all about taking care of, surprise, you! There are tons of awesome, fun, relaxing options. And delicious ones too – feeding yourself with kindness is 100% self-care.
But self-care is also seeing your doctor, taking your medication, going to the dentist, talking to a counselor, paying your bills, cleaning… it’s not always glamorous. Sometimes it isn’t fun (this girl gets dental anxiety… but she still goes!) It’s all definitely important.
Now, sometimes it’s ok to put off doing those dishes, or leave the laundry for another day. It’s all about balance baby! When you’re exhausted and just need to land… land. Put those feet up. The mess can wait.
But it’s never a good idea to put off seeing a medical professional when you need to.
While it’s not always overly comfortable, getting that diagnosis, keeping up with those blood tests, getting help and so on… well, that can all be life saving! And you can’t really take care of yourself at all if you aren’t here. So, for the love of goodness, prioritize the unfun self-care activities too sweetheart!
4. Sometimes Doing Nothing Is Best
It’s so important that you are gentle with yourself and allow for a ton of patience and flexibility in your routine. Things change all the time after all, and the self-care you indulge in needs to reflect whatever your current reality may be.
Sometimes a self-care routine is pretty full and sometimes it’s a lazy day. Both are valid. Both are important. What matters is that you don’t feel overloaded and have the freedom to respond to your changing needs. That’s what self-care should look like.
If you need to sit down and space out, DO IT! Sometimes you’ll need to give yourself permission to rest and relax. And a little time doing nothing can be the ultimate gift to a tired self.
Oh, and there are some sweet health benefits to that too!
Making time to relax and do nothing:
- Supports your mental well-being
- Boosts productivity
- Improves your relationship with yourself
- Allows you to reconnect with yourself
- Improves attention span
- Breeds creativity
See! You can absolutely do nothing and get tons of goodness from it. So don’t feel bad if you take some time to relax and unplug. It will absolutely do you some good!
5. Don’t Put Yourself On Back Burner
Are you guilty of putting yourself last on your priority list? I’ve absolutely been there too.
When I was in university one of my professors had us write a list of priorities, ranking them from least to most important. It had to include things like friends, family, school and, of course, our beautiful self. Shock and awe, I put myself WAY DOWN at the bottom of the list.
I was so proud of myself for being selfless and responsible. Those are qualities we should strive for, right? Goodness, was I ever mistaken. I learned that the hard way when autoimmunity knocked me on my booty and I had to completely re-prioritize.
When you put yourself last everyone suffers.
Ultimately, when you forget to take care of your own needs you end up drained, leaving less of your beautiful self to go around.
You really can’t pour from an empty cup. Is it a cliché? Yea. But it’s also very true!
I am not by no means suggesting that you let go of your sympathy or your empathy. It’s absolutely important that we care and provide for the lovely people in our lives.
But you need to allow some sympathy and empathy for yourself too.
It is incredibly important that you are as devoted to yourself and concerned with your own interests, needs and welfare as you are for those you love. And sometimes you have to put yourself first. For the sake of your own mental and physical well-being.
When you prioritize yourself you’re able to come to the table restored and renewed, capable of being present for others when they need you. Taking care of yourself will give you more energy and joy to selflessly share with those around you. Everyone wins when you’ve got your own back!
Ultimately, self-care really matters. But it looks a little bit different for everyone. And what you need to do in order to best care for yourself can change on the regular. Totally normal!
It’s not always glamorous and exciting, but prioritizing and indulging in the self-care activities you need is so important and plays such an significant role in your well-being.
Know that, even with these self-care tips in mind, there really aren’t any hard rules when it comes to taking care of yourself. You do you darling! Being flexible, patient and kind with yourself is a pretty sweet place for all of us to start.
Now it’s your turn! What self-care tips would you add to the list? Have you also made the mistake of overloading your self-care routine? I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences! Share them with me in the comments below sweet friends!
Health and love,
Thought of the day: You are worthy of indulging in whatever you need to in order to feel well today.
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