We often think of self-care as going to the spa, taking a bath, meditation, etc. These are absolutely great examples of taking care of the mind and body (and I love them). Often times though, we overlook so many other ways to take exquisite care of ourselves.
Setting yourself up for a better future can reduce anxiety and create a sense of security. Creating security is a great way to practice self-care.
Creating security self-care:
- Invest a few bucks in a savings account (or open one)
- Make a to do list for the week
- Take some time to make some freezer meals to eat at a later date
- Take a course or read a book related to your field of work that may help further you someday.
- Make your yearly appointments (dentist, OBGYN, physical, etc.)
Another method of self-care has to do with brain structure. The brain uses neural pathways to process information, create habits, and function effectively. I like to describe them as paths in the woods. The path that is traveled often is easy to find and continues to be traveled. You can create a new path by walking on it every day and in time, the leaves pack down and become a stronger, more easily traveled path with time. This concept applies to all sorts of things in the brain, but when it comes to self-care, it benefits us to take a different path once in a while.
Creating new pathways self-care:
- Clean out and/or organize a drawer
- Choose three things to purge/donate in your closet
- Take a different route to work or school
- Put your clothes on in a different order
- Pay attention to things you do without thinking (brushing your teeth, driving to work, blow drying your hair, etc.)
The last area of self-care I wanted to cover for today has to do with paying it forward. We find satisfaction in helping others and are often unlikely to notice (or admit) that it can be self-serving at the same time. That’s ok! You get a dopamine hit by helping others. It’s not selfish, but you do get a benefit. Win-win!
Self care for self via others:
- Give a compliment to a stranger
- Hold the door for someone or offer to help them carry their belongings
- Pay for someone else’s coffee
- Tell someone in your life specifically something you love about them
Have you tried these methods? Would you like to? Let me know! A future post will build on this concept and continue to give you plenty of methods to take the best possible care of your best and most beautiful you.