May 14, 2020
When we started talking about this week’s topic in our initial discussions, we started by listing the things in life that we felt were OUR sustainable self care habits. We started listing things like physical activity, good nutritious food, conversations with friends and family and so on..
We then looked at our lists and saw that the things that helped us maintain our well being, the things that kept us accountable, charged, proactive and sane were all lined up directly with our favorite forms of self expression. Things like Physical activity, Food, community, music, fashion and so on….So lets say it out loud. SELF EXPRESSION IS SELF CARE!
The things we inherently want to share with the world, or do to make us feel connected, creative and like ourselves (our expressions), are an important clue to what we need in the form of self care. We are all different and the specifics of what we need will obviously vary from person to person. They SHOULD. But we have come up with some guideposts to help you start to investigate just what that means for you. Let this guide you- not give you the answers.
For the purpose simplifying we have separated self-care 5 areas. YUP 5 again, Might as well stick with the theme we’ve got going.
physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual and professional.
If you want to hear us go into more detail on this- check out Episode #3 of The Expression Sessions Podcast.
So often, we are finding ourselves burnt out from the stress in our daily lives, and it’s not until the moment we’ve absolutely had enough that we allow ourselves a break. But what could happen if we all took a “break” before we reached that final breaking point? Lately, this has been our new golden rule “do unto yourself as you do to others.”. We’ve both always been the type of person who pushes ourselves to an extreme- until we’ve had enough and need that spa day or glass(es) of wine.
Yet, we’ve found that by incorporating some small, daily HABITS into our everyday routines, it has made us much happier and we’re hoping it will do the same for you. Experiment with the five different types of self-care that we have identified: physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual and professional care. Try something new or lean into something that you already know works!
All in all, the best things in life come with balance. While certain stresses in life can be necessary and even beneficial in some situations (hey, we’ve all put off our work until the last minute and felt the surge of adrenaline to help us turn it in on time), it’s easy for everyday events to become overly stressful and unmanageable.
Yet, change isn’t easy. It’s said that it takes about 21 days for something to become a habit. In the process of incorporating some, if not all of the topics listed, I highly recommend doing one thing at a time at your own pace. This way you can see how each aspect of self-care benefits your health, and you won’t become overly critical of yourself if you miss a workout one day, forget to take a break, or fail to spend more time with yourself. After all, life is just a journey in which we should do our best to enjoy it and not be too critical of ourselves when we don’t need to. So to that end, we want to leave you with a little “Self-Care Challenge”!
We have created a checklist which you can access below. If you want a cute little printable simply add you email to the list and we will send it your way. Put it on your mirror, fridge or on your ceiling and feel the joy of checking of the “little things” that mean you’re showing yourself some kindness and working on your own sustainable self care.
I’ve also but a self-care bingo game on our social media if you want to virtually challenge your friends to get a “full card”
21 days to create habits. start small, make it sustainable and be kind to yourself.