Now that September has ended, we're wrapping up our blog series dedicated to Self-Care Awareness…but not before we get one last post in! In case you missed them, check out Part 1 and Part 2 before reading on...
So, the big question is, why is it that we still struggle to make time to implement self-care into our daily lives? Maybe we’re beating the proverbial dead horse here, but we passionately believe that self-care should be celebrated. It may seem overwhelming to start practicing self-care regularly. Try breaking it up into small goals that you can add into your daily/weekly/monthly routines and level-up (or add new types of self-care) as you see fit. You can practice techniques while traveling, commuting to work, talking to a friend, or buying groceries. We believe that we should all tell our stories with the hope to educate, inspire, and be a resource to others on their self-care journeys (and help spread a little more self-love). If you would like to share your story, please tag us and use #loveTCHOself. We’d love to see what you are up to!
Now, on to the last few types of self-care to consider when showing yourself a little extra love and attention.
This practice involves reducing stress, expanding your knowledge by reading a new book, challenging yourself mentally or physically by learning a new skill, and practicing mindful motivation.
If you are interested in learning a new skill, like making pottery, want to write better, or want to learn to play the harmonica, go into it with intent and a goal. Ask yourself what do you want to get out of it? Focus on it and practice, practice, practice. If you start to doubt yourself, practice a coping mechanisms that works best for you and remember you started this new project because you want to achieve something great – don’t give up!
Stress, anxiety, and fear can feel like our worst enemies, but learning how to identify what is getting in the way is an important step. Once you’ve identified the cause, ask yourself, “Why do I feel this way and what triggered me?” Sometimes that’s enough to relax and let it go. Or maybe spend a little bit of time unpacking your feelings. Try to let go of the need to control your emotions and be open to what unfolds.
- Cry when you feel like crying. Crying releases serotonin and helps us feel relieved. It also is healthy and helps us embrace our emotions and our experiences in life that maybe need a little extra attention and care.
- Try a 2 week exercise; before being the first to speak up, try thinking about what you are going to say and express gratitude instead of negativity. When you share joyful, happy and successful words, your mindset can change for the better.
- Listen to a badass podcast such as; Style Your Mind or She Thrives Radio.
- When you’re feeling stressed in a situation, ask yourself will this challenge that I’m faced with right now matter to me in five years? If the answer is no, try to find a way to step back and either move on or tackle the problem with a clearer head.
- Try meditating, going for a walk outside, watching a comedy show, or listening to music.
Money is one of the most common stressors, so being mindful with our hard-earned money can be super rewarding in the long haul. It’s never too late to make some changes to the way you spend and save, only you are responsible for investing in your future-self.
Think about how you spend, where there are unnecessary splurges, or small changes to your habits that could potentially make a positive difference in your finances! Some of our biggest expenses are centered around housing, transportation, and food. Of the three big expenses, food purchases can be the quickest opportunity to make improvements for the better. Instead of going out to lunch every work day or buying that pour-over coffee every morning, try meal prepping for the week or getting your own pour-over set up instead. Add the difference to a jar or a new savings account and see how much you save over a month and put it towards a vacation, your IRA account, a home-reno, or scaling-up your business. Also, we always recommend to have some savings to use in a pinch, you never know when you are going to run into an emergency situation.
Taking control over your finances is about making progress with your money and life by finding a system that works for you.
- Grocery shop for a week and meal prep on one day so you have several meals at the ready to either take with you wherever you go or need a quick dinner.
- Checkout the app Mint for helpful tools and tricks. The app will break down where you’re spending the most (e.g. groceries, entertainment, gas, etc.). Sometimes just seeing it broken down can help you adjust your financial strategy.
- Try buying essential grocery items that are generic or on sale to save a little extra and choose a few name brand items are worth the spend and truly make you happy (#treatTCHOself).
- It can be complicated and ever-changing, but figuring out how to maximize your credit card points can be pretty beneficial as well. The Points Guy is a great resource for maximizing your points for travel.
- Remember that everyone spends and saves differently, be sure not to make anyone around you feel uncomfortable or shameful about how they spend. Only you are responsible for your own finances.
The environment you spend your time in such as your home, your workspace, or even the outdoors, can really affect your head space and can impact your health. We don’t want to cause alarm, just awareness, but there are toxic chemicals all around us every day from the food we consume, cleaning products, beauty products, or aging paint on the walls before you moved in to your place. It is important to keep our environment and our bodies healthy to prevent health concerns later.
As we get older, we often tend to spend more time inside, but the more time we venture into the outdoors, we can start to notice tons health benefits. Natural light is known to improve your mood and mental focus after being outside. Whether you are a walker, runner, biker, skateboarder, or jogger, getting outside can help you feel incredibly refreshed. Pay attention to how the fresh air feels, how some of your tension starts to release just by removing yourself from your comfortable zone, and how it helps re-center your mindset.
Sometimes it’s as easy as taking a few minutes to organize a drawer or the clutter on a workspace to provide some mental clarity, not just the space itself. If organized chaos is more your jam, that’s cool too.
The more you know about how outdoors benefit us, how harmful chemicals affect us, and how your general environment affects you, the more you can take action to support yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally.
- Rearrange furniture, organize, clean, play music, or diffuse natural essential oils to revamp the space where you spend the most time in.
- Take a break outdoors and spend time appreciating Mother Nature. You might find that a 5 mile hike was physically challenging, but maybe it can help refresh your mind!
- Shift away from highly processed foods and plastic wrapped products that may expose you to dangerous chemicals.
- Detox your house by taking the time to replace harsh cleaning chemicals with a more natural counterpart.
- If your budget allows it, shop for certified USDA approved products that are organic.
- If you plan to run for exercise, go for a run outdoors instead inside on a treadmill. This will help release stress and any inflammation during your workout.
You might hear “spiritual self-care” immediately feel like it’s not for you, but it doesn’t have to mean practicing a religion or using crystals (though it’s cool if it does, you do you). Practicing spiritual self-care is about figuring out what makes you feel like your truest self. It could be daily mediation, a solo-dance party in your kitchen, prayer, spending time outside, or a weekly hot yoga class that helps sweat out toxins and emotions.
Spend some time defining your personal belief system and how you can actively choose to become the you that you’ve always wanted to be.
- Set a time to meditate for a few minutes everyday; maybe after breakfast while still in your cozies or in the parking lot at work before your drive home. Meditation has been suggested for a bunch of the types of self-care. We’re not sayin,’ we’re just sayin.’
- Giving back to your community can help find that sense of purpose. Donate or volunteer at a charity or cause you believe in.
- Ask yourself where you feel the most connected to yourself. Are you hiking on a mountain? Painting on a canvas? Building a new coffee table?
Well friends, we have a few more days of self-care tips posting on our social media, but that's a wrap on the blog series. While we won't be posting as often, we'll be practicing our self-care game. Thanks for tuning in and don't be shy about sharing your own self-care story by tagging us at #loveTCHOself! Until next time...