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 thoughts on “5 Ways to Practice Self-Care

  1. 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. ????

  2. 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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  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. 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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  6. 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!

  7. 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™‚

  8. 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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