A few weeks ago, we went out with some friends for a rugby game. We had a great time enjoying the warm weather and each other's company. As the afternoon progressed, I felt a killer headache coming on. I knew I must be dehydrated so I began drinking water at every opportunity. However, my headache only got worse. An hour or two later and nausea hit. Fast forward, I ended up laying in bed upchucking my brains out. I was #INTENSELY dehydrated after a day of staying in the hot sun. By the time I actually had some water, it was too late. Eventually, I felt fine, but the whole ordeal got me thinking about self-care and how I wasn't making it a priority. I was ignoring the signs of my body and I paid the price.
Many people are so focused on everything else, that their needs often come last. It's important to remember that you cannot be the best version of yourself unless you take time for yourself. Having a moment each day to care for your body, mind, and soul does not make you a selfish person. Rather it allows you to better care for others. Here are a few self-care tips that I will be incorporating into my routine.
Obviously, I learned this one the hard way, ha.
Have a hobby.
Do you like to craft? Are you a gamer? Find something you find rewarding and schedule the time to do it. There are many budget-friendly hobbies you can start today!
Call your bestie and ask about her week. Visit your mom. Have a date night with your significant other. Take your son to the park. Spend quality time with the important people in your life. Surround yourself with good humans who are great role models and deserving of your company.
A well-balanced diet can make you feel like a new person. Eat whole, fresh food because you love yourself, not because you're punishing yourself. Also, pay attention to the foods that don't agree with you and limit them.
Just move your body. You don't need a gym membership to take your dogs for a walk or play tag with your kids. Soak up the feeling of euphoria after physical activity.
Get some fresh air.
Why not have your breakfast on the porch or walk around the block before work? Fresh air helps to wake you up and calm you down.
Do something that makes you feel good.
Buy yourself flowers! Maybe you like to get manicures or take a hot bath. Take thirty minutes to do something just for you!
Remember that you are the most important person and treat yourself accordingly. Use a day planner or monthly schedule to set aside time to work out or have a date night. Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to drink water. And practice being grateful for all of the wonderful things in your life.
What is your number one self-care tip?
Lots of Love,