Each new year starts with the best intentions to make new resolutions that we want to incorporate into our daily lifestyle. Some of those commitments do get accomplished, but there is quite a bit that just gets tossed aside. When it comes to making resolutions, it is always important to stay motivated until you have achieved your goals and decided on a self-care lifestyle choice that works for you.
One of the things that many of us put on our resolution list is to practice self-care. Self-care is important for our overall health, emotional well-being, and mental stability. With all the stress and overwhelming anxiety that we face in our day to day lives, we sideline our own needs of nurturing our mind, body, and souls.
One of the goals that we have for you is to use our platform to start you on a self-care journey and keep you motivated. Nothing will motivate you more than to participate in consistent inspiring messages with examples of what you could do, but also the examples of how you can do it.
Keep in mind that a wish is not a plan. Start your self-care journey with a plan of action. Use a journal, an APP, or create a template to schedule activities, write down your goals, and document your successes.
Self-care can be practiced in several different ways. It is more than a relaxing bubble bath.
We want you to start with these 6 self-care rituals and include them in your self-care lifestyle plan
- Adjust Your Attitude
We’ve just come out of what some of us would consider the worst year of our lives. But that is only if you tell yourself that. Assess last year and find out, what could be one of your greatest learning experiences. Turn those experiences into opportunities for growth.
If you found yourself in a financial rut, consider re-evaluating your budget and start looking more closely at how you could prepare for the next time a financial crisis occurs. If you lost your job, consider starting a business or a side gig, or even a career change. DON’T JUST TALK ABOUT IT, ACT.
- Keep a good skincare routine
My skin took a hit over the pandemic. Your skin is one of the most important parts of your body. Try to stick to the important steps in keeping your skin healthy and beautiful and stock up on some new products that will inspire you to be persistent.
Stay tuned, I will be documenting my skin revitalization journey, coming out of the pandemic.
- Fitness and Exercise
For some people, the word “exercise” can be a dirty word. If the idea of heavy sweating or just engaging in strenuous activities turns you off, start with mild stretching, a little yoga, or a short walk before you graduate to another level of movement that makes you more comfortable. You will not regret the short-term rewards and long-term benefits of making fitness one of your greatest lifestyle choices.
- Eat to Live: You are what you eat
There is nothing that we have more control of more than what we choose to put in our mouths. At the beginning of the year, we become besieged with numerous diets and a bevy of promises. Dieting does work, but you have to be willing to sacrifice and putting in the work necessary to stick to it.
A small step like making up your mind that you are simply going to make wiser food choices can go a long way. Tracking what you eat can give you a realistic outlook of your eating habits, and which foods you need to reduce for a healthier outcome. There are several free apps available that can help you stay on track and serve as a digital monitor and motivator.
- Learn How to Let Go
Learning how to let go and not hold on to some things, or even people, for that matter, is a great way of caring for yourself. It is best to start with the obvious things and the most common emotions that your mind brings back over and over again. This process is connected to forgiveness, so you will learn how to forgive and let go at the same time.
And while you are forgiving, start forgiving yourself and create a clean slate that will enable you to build on.
I try to meditate for 5 minutes almost every day. Meditation is like medicine to me. I usually choose one word that is my mantra for the day, for the week, or even for the year. I use the word “relax”.
Meditation is a great way to journey inward to your soul, let loose, creating a calm and peaceful mindset. You do not need to meditate for a long time. 5-10 minutes are just enough to keep your mind quiet, relax your soul, lift your spirits, and keep you focused on what is important. It also keeps the emotions in control, something that is very important when trying to be productive and avoid distractions.