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I actually love boring self-care!
When we read self-care books or blogs, we’re often provided with extravagant examples of pampering—full body massages, day trips to the beach, fancy 4-course meals, and monthly mani-pedi appointments complete with champagne.
But sometimes, self-care is kind of boring. When you’re stuck in a rut or so depressed you can barely get out of bed, the simple acts of life—brushing our teeth, washing our clothes, eating 3 full meals, and the like—are difficult and worthy of “celebrating.”
And, face it, a lot of us don’t have the money and/or free time to truly pamper ourselves.
Well, I’m here to tell you that self-care doesn’t have to be extravagant. In fact, most of the ways you care of yourself are probably automatic, but that doesn’t mean those actions are any less important.
This month in particular, I challenge you to practice more “boring self-care” and be mindful of the gratification, balance, and purpose those things bring to your life.
Some ways I’ve recently practiced boring self-care…
Made my bed
Took my prescribed medication along with my multivitamin, B-12, and vitamin D before heading to work
Savored my morning coffee
Took a brisk walk outside
Remembered to wash off my makeup before bed
Took the stairs instead of the elevator
Ate my sugary yogurt + sugary granola + blueberries instead of a more nutritious breakfast because it’s what I wanted
Cuddled my sweet dog, Iggy
Wrote down my goals and appointments in my planner
Met my hydration goal for the day
Stretched before bed
These are just some of the ways I practice self-care daily; most days they are easy tasks, and they’re always important.How do you practice #boringselfcare? #TOL #mentalhealthawarenessmonth @namicommunicate Click To Tweet
[thanks for letting me think out loud]
So tell me…
- How do you define self-care?
- In what way(s) did you practice “boring self-care” today?