What does your daily self care routine look like?
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Self care is essential for our overall wellbeing and if you don’t have the basic self care things added in your daily life, I really urge you to start your own self care routine.
While you can deliberately set a self care routine, I believe self care happens automatically when you learn to prioritise yourself, your mental and your physical wellbeing.
While most people think self care is a day relaxing, putting on face masks and enjoying a pedicure, it is certainly more than that.
Self care is when you choose to do things intentionally that align with who you want to be and what you really want in your life.
With this, I want to share my own self care routine that happens to be taking care of my well being quite well.
My Daily Self Care Routine for overall wellbeing
My daily self care routine that I am going to share is how I spend my day from morning until night.
While there are many things I do in between and while I don’t do all of these every single day, these are the basic things I do more or less everyday.
This daily routine that I follow takes care of my self care on its own. My life is simple now and I try my best to live my days slowly.
I set priorities and structure to my day. I hardly have anything in my life that is chaotic and stressful. I work on my goals while I nourish not just my body but also my heart and soul.
Get up at 5 am
To get up at 5 am, I set the alarm for 4:50 am and I get up in 10 minutes after my alarm rings.
For the majority of my life I woke up late, but its been over 5 years now that I became a morning person.
Deciding to Wake up early has been the best thing I have done for my self care. It really the most basic self care thing you can start doing for yourself.
I have written in these post about the 10 action steps you can take to stick to a morning routine and how I became a morning person easily.
No phone in the morning
I have stopped this toxic habit of checking phone first thing in the morning and it is another best thing I did for my mental well being.
Not scrolling social media early morning and wasting my time gives me focus, energy and the momentum to work on my goals and other self care activities.
Here are other toxic habits to avoid in the morning
After waking up and brushing my teeth, earlier I used to straightaway sit down in my space and start with my morning routine, but these days I first tidy myself up.
I used to feel lazy to put on cream and comb my hair, but these days I put on my cream looking in the mirror and I smile to myself. I like smiling to myself in front of the mirror. I feel happy for no reason.
Then I comb my hair and be very tidy. When I do this, it does not just make me look tidy, but also feel tidy. This makes me feel more fresh and recharged instantly and there’s no chances to feeling sleepy at all!
Drink warm water
After tidying myself up, I sit down with my big water bottle which I have already filled. I pour it in my glass which is in front of me at all times and for the first glass of water, I try to only drink water and do nothing else.
I finish the entire water from my bottle slowly by 8 am while I do my morning routine and this keeps me hydrated in the morning.
Read for 30 minutes
After drinking water I put on a timer for 30 minutes and read. This is one habit that helps me read every single day.
I finished reading ‘Deep Work’ by Cal Newport today. Before this I read, ‘Think and grow rich’. Even before this I was reading, ‘Power of now’ by Elkhart Tolle.
For my next morning read, I am thinking of re-reading ‘The Secret’ or ‘The Alchemist’ by Paula Coelho.
Exercise for 30 minutes
Exercise is the most basic level of self care and it is something I do every day. Even on Sundays I exercise even if just for 5 minutes of stretching.
I have to move my body. It gives such a good feeling!
Currently I have been following Pamela Reiff’s workout from her app which I am finding great. You can find her in YouTube.
All her videos are in her app which is called ‘Fit with Pam’, if you’d like to check out.
Pray and Meditate
After a good workout I sit down in silence for 10-20minutes. This not only cools down my body, but also helps me connect with myself and takes care of my spiritual self care.
I give gratitude and imagine my goals, my dreams and set intentions for my day.
I then sit down for prayer which is chanting ‘Nam Moho Renge Kyo’ early in the morning.
I don’t journal every day, but if I have time until 7:30 in the morning or if I get a free time around evening I sit down to journal.
I journal whenever I feel the need to express myself, get clear on some thoughts, to relieve myself of stress and to know actually how I am feeling.
Journaling is a great act of self discovery and self care. When I start writing in my journal, I tend to write for more than an hour sometimes. It’s relieving and is just the therapy you need sometimes.
I have shared what 5 things I have gained from journaling in this post.
If you want to start journaling, here are Journal Prompts for 21 days.
Work on goals
My self care also includes working on my goals. I think this is essential, because how can self care exclude the things that keep your heart and mind active.
Working on your goals and skills is essential and for me I devote 2 hours of my morning from 7:30-9:30 am uninterrupted to work on my goals.
This post that I am writing falls within this time as working on my blog is something I do for myself.
Have a healthy breakfast
I then have a healthy breakfast at exactly 9:30 am. I never skip my breakfast nor any of my meals.
This is another basic self care thing I do for myself – having breakfast, lunch and dinner on time.
Do house chores till 11 am
After breakfast, I sit for relaxing and talk with my mum. I am currently on a work from home schedule so I don’t have to head off to work.
I then do house chores- cleaning room, washing dishes and tidying up the room. This serves as a good physical activity too and takes care of my physical self care.
Take bath slowly
After all the physical activity I take some rest and then head off to take bath and refresh myself
After bath, I sit in my clean and tidy room. I love the feeling of being fresh and staying in a clean and tidy room. It makes me recharged and my mind feels light.
I then put on my moisturizer, my body lotion and my foot cream all slowly and taking time.
I try not to rush and do this act as if I have all the time in the world. It soothes to do things slowly and take care of my body.
Here I have written about my experience- Not hurrying with my body
Have lunch on time
After being fresh again, I then work for sometime until its time for lunch at 1 p.m exactly.
Relax watching 1 episode in Netflix
After lunch, I like to wind down and relax watching a series.
I always thought that Netflix was bad and if I start watching it, it would become a bad habit, so I restrained myself from watching.
But since last year I have started watching series and I just enjoy this time. Everything in moderation if you know how to use it, is actually good.
So now I watch 1 episode of a series in Netflix with my mum.
I never binge watch. In fact, I can’t binge watch.
I rather enjoy watching 1-2 episodes everyday and get the best time by watching the series slowly than watching everything in one go and exhaust myself. I also only love watching light hearted shows which are not so intense and that won’t get me unnecessary stress and tension while watching.
These days we are watching Gilmore Girls and I love it. Just watching 2-3 episodes a day, mum and I have already finished watching ‘Friends’, ‘Young Sheldon’, ‘Big Bang Theory’, ‘Marvellous Mrs. Maisel’ and ‘Sweet tooth’
Take a good afternoon nap
When we finish with our one episode of series, its around 2:15 pm. After this I take a good afternoon nap. It’s such a good rest for both the mind and the body and I wake up feeling fresh again.
Go out for evening walk
After waking up from my after noon nap at around 3:30 pm I have some free time which I spend just relaxing or catching up with some pending work if I have.
Then I sit down for tea and after tea I go out for my evening walk at around 5:30
I walk for around 40 minutes a day and I just enjoy this time.
Have dinner at 7 p.m
After coming back from walk, I take bath again and feel fresh. I sit down to journal or meditate if I have time.
Then it is time for dinner at 7pm.
Learn something new
After dinner I block out my time from 8-9 pm to learn something new, which right now is levelling up my blog education.
So I invest this one hour, sometimes just 30 minutes to learn something new regarding blogging
Watch series at 9 pm
At 9 p.m I end all work and any other activities and my day ends. My mum calls for watching series with her and we watch one episode again at night.
This helps me unwind and leave away everything that has been on my mind.
I just enjoy with the show.
Go to sleep at 10 pm
After this, I turn on airplane mode, get ready for bed and sleep by 10:30 pm.
So this is my everyday Self Care Routine.
What does your routine look like? And how many activities in it actually helps you take care of yourself and your well being? You can share with me in the comment below.
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