Self-Care in September is not just about pampering, it is about looking at ways you day incorporate daily self-care for your mind, body and soul. The most important part of Self-Care is to develop a Self-Care Plan and that is my tip for Day 1. My Self-Care plan has been put into place and I am taking some time out to visit Alaska and Canada with my husband. I’ve scheduled the posts for Self-Care in September and I’m ready to go and have some Rest, Relaxation and Adventure.
Whilst I am gone, I have some guests each week who are sharing their thoughts on Self-Care and what it means to them. Join them each Thursday on the blog.
Self-Care in September – Part 1
Day 1 – Develop a Self-Care Plan
Self-care is something that we either feel guilty about or just don’t make the time. Yet, how can we age well and be healthy and happy without it? Developing a Self-Care Plan to schedule in time for yourself and including some non-negotiables is a good way to start. On Day 1 of Self-Care in September will you make the time to start a Self-Care Plan? Not sure how? You can read my post on How to create a self-care plan for life
DAY 2 – UNPLUG FROM NOISE
Life is too noisy isn’t it? Technology is useful but noise from our phones, computers, television, other people can become too loud for us to think clearly. Take time today to unplug from noise and sit quietly with your thoughts.
DAY 3 – EAT TO NOURISH YOUR BODY.
I love dining out and good food – don’t we all? However, if we want to age well we need to eat nourishing food. Life is hectic even if we are retired and it is too easy to grab for a quick unhealthy snack or meal. Your body and mind need nourishment – like a care needs fuel. Meal planning is a good way to make sure you are making healthier food options. Make one day a week to prepare a weekly menu, write a shopping list and maybe even prepare some healthy snacks and meals for the week.
DAY 4 – INCORPORATE GENTLE EXERCISE
We know we need to exercise which includes cardio and strength workouts to keep healthy and active. But we don’t necessarily have to push ourselves to the extreme every day. Incorporating some gentle exercise such as morning stretching, yoga and pilates will keep our bodies flexible and functionally fit plus reduce stress and improve our mental well-being.
DAY 5 – LET GO OF PERFECTIONISM.
We are our harshest critics and sometimes put pressure on ourselves. I know I do. Accepting that we aren’t perfect and that if we give our best that is good enough takes such a load of our minds, reduces stress and anxiety and allows us to be more accepting of ourselves and others.
DAY 6 – REASSESS YOUR PRIORITIES.
Sometimes we get so caught up in life that we forget what is really important to us. Taking time to reassess what our priorities are will ensure that we doing the things we want in life.
DAY 7 – TAKE A DAILY MINDFULNESS WALK
Could you go for a walk alone, without technology and just enjoy time out in nature? Mindfulness walking helps us to focus on our thoughts and also encourages us to appreciate our surroundings and being in the moment. Include a regular ‘Mindfulness Walk’ in your Self-Care plan.
DAY 8 – PRACTICE DAILY MEDITATION OR PRAYER.
Quiet time for meditation, reflection or prayer brings calm to our lives. Start your day with a quiet meditation and end with reflection of your day. It slows you down, it makes you relax and it helps you to find peace and gratitude