Are you looking to pack the most punch out of your self-care routine?
First of all, sometimes it isn’t about MORE self-care. It is about
It’s safe to say; everyone knows that self-care is extremely important for our physical health and mental well-being. When we take care of ourselves we are better people, more pleasant to be around and happier.
These days so many people are struggling to fit self-care in at all. Most of us are juggling a lot like work, family, children, life obligations or healthcare needs. I know as a mom of 2 littles, a soon to be preschooler and toddler, between taking care of them, running a business, going after my goals, chores and attempting to spend more time with my husband there is little time to take care of myself especially when it comes to taking care of myself!
And sometimes it isn’t about fitting more self-care in (even though a lot of times it is).
Therefore, it is extremely important that when we do fit in self-care we are able to get the full benefits of whatever we are doing for ourselves.
THINK QUALITY OVER QUANTITY
So, if we can’t fit in more time to take care of ourselves, how can we get the most bang for our buck, so to say? It is easier than you think and doesn’t cost a dime!
You may have guessed it. These 3 tips involve the power of your mind!
Here are my top 3 tips to take your self-care up a notch!
3 WAYS TO INCREASE THE BENEFITS OF YOUR SELF-CARE ROUTINE
1) Be present
in the moment
Before you start your self-care routine, take a breath and pause for a moment. Get into the moment. Try to clear your mind from whatever may be going on in your life.
Release and let go. This is your time for yourself.
All too often we are running on autopilot and we are not present in what we are doing. How many times have we gotten in our car and reached a destination without remembering how we got there. Or sat down for a meal and once we finished, we realized that we don’t even remember taking a bite but the food is all gone.
We definitely don’t want that to happen when we are taking time out for ourselves!
And even more likely, you are making the time to take care of yourself but you are still running through your to-do list in your head.
Try to clear your mind. Savor the time you are taking for yourself, whether it be a second, minute or hour, by being present in what you are doing. Be present and get in the moment.
Self-care (and life) is more enjoyable when we are
2) Imagine how you want to feel during and after your self-care routine
Think about why you are doing your self-care routine. And, more importantly, imagine how you want to and WILL feel after you finish your routine. Keep your expected feelings or outcomes in mind before you start your self-care.
This is important because your thoughts control your reality. You are more likely to feel a specific feeling or get a specific outcome by EXPECTING to feel that feeling or get that outcome.
As an added bonus, sometimes just thinking about what you are going to do for self-care or feel after provides some instant gratification, relaxation, and calm. Imagine getting some feel-good vibes before even starting your self-care? Sounds good to me!
3) Make your self-care more powerful by setting your intentions
Lastly, set the intention by declaring you what you are expecting from this routine.
Here are some things to think about when setting your intentions:
- Declare why you are doing this specific self-routine
- What positive emotions you are expecting to feel?
- What negative emotions or negativity you are expecting to release?
- How long are you expecting this to rejuvenate you?
Similar to the previous step, your thoughts, or in this case your intentions create your reality. Get specific, get clear and declare.
Just to recap:
- Be present
- Imagine how you want to feel during and after your self-care
- Make your self-care more powerful by setting your intentions
I hope these tips help!
Do you have some tips to get the most out of your self-care routine? If so, please share in the comments. And if you found this article useful please share!