5 Ways to Practice Self-Care

After many days of blizzard clean up and being cooped up indoors we’ve made it to Friday. Joining Cynthia and Courtney for the Friday Five and this week is another “Free Friday” and I’m talking about Self-Care. The idea of self-care is to be intentional about your needs and overall well being – mind, body and spirit and is unique to the individual. You shouldn’t ever feel guilty about taking care of yourself.  5 Ways to practice self-care marontherun.com

Whether it’s 5 minutes or 5 hours, here are 5 ways to practice self-care:

  1. Create a daily ritual. 10 minutes alone in the bathroom, making that morning cup of tea or coffee, a morning prayer, journal entry, meditation – you name it. Just something you can look forward to, be focused or intentional about on a consistent basis. Daily too daunting? Start with weekly or monthly. 
  2. Exercise. Training for events aside, this could be as simple as a short (or long) walk or hike. Just 20 minutes to yourself with nature can make all the difference. 
  3. Give yourself a spa day. No, I’m not talking about an expensive all day adventure. Turn your bathroom into a sanctuary with candles and bath salts or essential oils and maybe your favorite tunes in the background! 
  4. Unplug. By now you know this is one of my personal favorites. πŸ™‚ While I tend to do it for an entire weekend, an hour or even a day can bring so much more awareness and intention back in your life. 
  5. Let go of negativity. Thoughts, people and anything that doesn’t make you feel good – get rid of it! If you can’t delete people from social media, unfollow (Facebook) or mute them (Twitter). Trust me, those functions are worth figuring out. Use it to your advantage. 

How do you practice self-care? What’s on tap for the weekend?

 
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78 Comments on 5 Ways to Practice Self-Care

  1. I’m always amazed at how much I can get done when I unplug, even for a few hours. It’s really rather scary… I let go of the negativity a long time ago. I just don’t have the time or the energy to deal with it!

    Thanks for the linkup!
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  2. Sometimes it’s really hard to remember to do things for yourself. You’re certainly right, simply having a 10 minute morning ritual is really taking care of yourself. I find that when I do things like that I’m a lot more productive. Thanks for the reminder. πŸ˜€

  3. I get up every morning 40 minutes before my kids need to get up, just so I can have coffee and read email in peace. It’s my favorite time of the day, even though I’d usually rather sleep in.
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  4. Those are great ways to practice self care! I really need to give myself a spa day and unplug more.
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  5. Good tips! I hope your challenge goes great!!
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  6. OMG how did I almost miss this!? I’m so signing up and participating with you! I think this is just what I need to kickstart my month! I’ve been trying to work on a daily ritual of mindfulness, so this is perfect timing!
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  7. These are great tips! I am still working on unplugging more regularly. I also love the idea of at at-home spa day!

  8. These are great ideas. I really need my Facebook time in the morning to ease into the day and connect with friends before I plunge into work.
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  9. Somehow I missed this, but it sounds right up my alley!

    Yoga is probably a big one for me.

    Reading with a mug of tea after breakfast & before bed (but no tea before bed otherwise I’d have to get up!).
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  10. I think unplugging is my favorite thing on your list, although I think a good massage or some exercise is also a great way of taking care of yourself. Have a great weekend.
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  11. Letting go of negativity is huge. I can’t dwell on my feelings towards my former job, I have to pick up the pieces and make room for my best life yet!
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  12. yes I love this! Little things go a long way in reducing stress and just feeling happier. Letting go of negativity and negative people has been something that I am trying to do.
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  13. The spa day sounds lovely. It has been mths since I actually took a bath and I did the other wk when I was sick. So relaxing! I am going away soon so may have to splurge on the real thing.
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  14. All of these sound sooooooo good! Yes to incorporating some (or all!) of them into my routine!
    Karien @ Running the Race recently posted…My five favourite reasons to runMy Profile

  15. Letting go of negative people is so important. I love that one the best.
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  16. I’ve really been working on letting go of the negativity and I feel like life is so much better! I used to do at home spa days and have gotten away from it. I think that’s something I should reintroduce in 2016 πŸ™‚
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  17. My routine is so spot on, my cat knows it. Our routine is I sit down for breakfast, and she mills about my legs or sits on the sofa arm rest while I eat. Then I brush her out because she does shed a little bit. She loves being brushed and it cuts down on hairballs.
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  18. Your Challenge comes at a PERFECT time! I need some lessons in self-care, that’s for sure!
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  19. This challenge could not have come at a better time for me. With my main focus being my little man, I need to remember that in order to be a good mom to him that I also have to take care of myself. Some days that’s definitely easier said than done, but nonetheless its super important.
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  20. Ooh – I did not see your challenge! I am good with about 1/2 of those. I am going to challenge myself to work on #5 and better sleep – that is my worst self-care “don’t.”
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  21. Exercise!!! I love to exercise and just spend time praying, thinking, and resting. πŸ™‚
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  22. oh these are such great things! one thing i’m thinking of doing is getting the five minute journal to help me focus on the positives.
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  23. I need to do the daily ritual thing. I tried to write in a journal at the end of the day but never really kept up with it. Maybe if I started the day with that, with an intention for the day, it would work better. I also love the idea of letting go of negativity, but it’s sooooo hard for me to do. UGH. Maybe journaling could help me with that too?

  24. Such a great post and reminder for us!
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  25. Self care is SO important. I definitely agree with letting go of negativity. I like to get my nails done, grab a coffee and a treat, or take an afternoon for myself.

  26. Amen to unplugging and letting go of negativity! Makes a world of difference.
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  27. definitely with you on the need for self-care. exercise/running is a big part of that for me — it’s all about feeling balanced, and the older i get, the more i crave “me” time. i love nights in pjs with wine and a journal or book as well, and sometimes a long walk without music helps me just remember to be present in my life.
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  28. I can’t tell you how much exercise has helped me during the most stressful times in my life!
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  29. A “spa” day at home is one of my faves. I also think unplugging occasionally is a necessity!

  30. I LOVE this! And, I needed the reminder!! πŸ™‚

  31. I need my “me” time more now than ever. I make sure I never miss a workout. I’m doing more yoga than ever, which has been amazingly therapeutic for me.
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  32. Love each one of these tips! It is so important to practice self care – this is why meditation is so important to me. It allows me a space to breathe.
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  33. This sounds great and I’d love to participate, as improving my self-care is one of my goals this year! I need to take more time to unplug and relax in my “home spa”!
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  34. When I saw your post earlier, I immediately knew this was something I wanted to do! Mar it’s such a great idea and could not have come at a better time for me and the next two weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day! All great ways to practice self care self LOVE! I look forward to Monday and I’m heading over to the FB page now! Thanks friend!

  35. Can’t wait to play! Pictures of wine count, right? Antioxidants and all… πŸ™‚
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  36. Thank you for hosting the link-up and for all the great tips! I know a big one for me is “unplugging” and I need to get in the practice of this more. I’m impressed that you can do it for the weekend, and need to challenge myself to that at some point! I will check into the 14 day Challenge. Have a Great Week!! πŸ™‚

  37. I’m looking forward to participating in the challenge next month. I need to be more deliberate about 3 and 4!
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  38. Unplugging is a huge tip! The phone, computer, iPad is a huge time suck and allows for so much procrastination. Thank you as always for this link up!!
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  39. Okay, I never do good with these ind of challenges, but I am going to try this one πŸ™‚ because it can be anything, I like it πŸ™‚ Fingers crossed!

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