You may hear a lot about self-care these days. With everything going on in the world, we all pay more attention to how we feel, and (hopefully) spend more time looking out for number one.
While you may think self-care has a selfish ring to it, it actually gives you the opportunity to be more present and effective in your relationships with others. There’s a reason why flight attendants always instruct us to put on our own oxygen masks first—so we can better help others.
But what does self-care actually mean? $1,000 meditation retreats? A $94 crystal-powered water bottle? Long, luxurious baths and all-organic everything? Perhaps not in reality. While those things may be nice, we think self-care can be a little bit more.
It’s checking in with yourself and making “you” a priority. Doing the things that make you feel calm, content, and in control—no matter what craziness the world throws your way. So with that in mind, we’ve created six easy ways to take care of yourself in the real world.
6 Ideas for Self-Care
Keep a Daily Schedule
“Wait...a schedule,” you're saying. "I thought this was about self-care. I don't need a schedule to keep track of!" Think again! When our regular schedules and routines are disrupted, sticking with an alternative daily routine can actually provide a lot of comforts, and even a sense of normalcy.
Make an effort to stick to some kind of a routine. If you find yourself working from home, remember to take breaks once in a while. Give yourself a cutoff time, or take a walk around the block once a day!
If you have kids, you already know how important schedules and routines are. You don’t need to be a supermom (spoiler alert: you already are) or have activities planned for every single minute of the day. Think about the time you have to spend together and how you can make the most of it by incorporating a routine you can all stick to and feel good about.
Move Your Body
Your body is made to move! Moving your body for even a few minutes a day has many benefits, including the production of feel-good “happy” hormones.
You don’t need expensive gym equipment or be a gym-goer to get the self-care benefits of exercise. With just a few minutes (and a little creativity) you can get your heart rate up, and feel great knowing you did something great for yourself.
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Keep a Gratitude Journal
You don’t have to become a novelist or a blogger to get the self-care benefits of gratitude. You can start by just keeping a note on your phone. Write down at least one thing each day you are grateful for and watch how your outlook changes.
Even when things are bleak, turn off the endless news cycle and appreciate things you might otherwise take for granted. Practicing this skill will start to pay off when you realize you can weather all the trials that come your way, and turn challenges into opportunities to learn.
Write a Note to Someone You Care About
If you’re grateful for someone, let them know! When interactions are limited, we might not get the chance to tell all the important people in our lives how much we care for them in a face-to-face setting. That doesn’t mean we can’t tell them in other ways!
Send a text, make a call, write a ‘thank you’ note, or get more creative with it. Find ways to help out a neighbor, a relative, or find out how you can positively impact your community. You never know who needs to hear your words of appreciation and support. Connection matters!
Take a Break
Yes, really. It is 100 percent okay and 100 percent necessary to take some time to yourself. Rest days are an important aspect of any healthy lifestyle—and if it’s okay for LeBron James to rest, we’re doing it too!
When there are things outside of your control it’s okay to recognize that and take a pause. Do what you can and focus on the things you CAN control. Give yourself permission to unwind and take a break when needed.
What does that look like to you?
Maybe you need to play with your kids.
Maybe you need to run away from your kids (to the next room).
Pull out that book or magazine you’ve been wanting to read—“want” being the keyword.
Put on your favorite show, and watch an episode or two.
Take a nap!
A small break can help you feel rested, refreshed, and refocused to continue on with your day.
Bonus! Get Some Sleep
Don’t forget to sleep! Sleep is the ultimate form of self-care. Multiple studies have shown time and time again that a lack of sleep can lead to mood disorders which, in turn, can cause panic attacks and anxiety. However, on the flip side, the appropriate amount of sleep will lead to you feeling more productive and having an increase in focus, concentration, and energy. While you sleep, your mind is always still at work, resetting and refreshing for the next day.
Supplement Your Self-Care Routine
One of the biggest things you can do to care for yourself is to care about what you put into your body. Naturally-sourced, quality products can make a real difference in how we feel, and it feels good to know you’re prioritizing your health.
Xyngular’s popular self-care product, Xr2, has ingredients that have been shown to improve your body’s response to stress, help you find deeper relaxation, and even help manage stress eating*.
Whatever self-care looks like in your real life, please remember: be kind to yourself. You are doing enough! Check in with yourself daily and make sure that your own needs are being met, and your stress is managed effectively. You’ve got this!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.