March is International Women’s Month. To kick-off this month-long celebration, let’s talk about self-care routines.
Living a healthy life is not limited to the greens on your plate or the activities you do at the workout studios.
True holistic wellness touches and encompasses your physical health, mental health, emotional health, spiritual health, financial health and social/relationship health, too.
Everyone seems so busy nowadays, whether building an empire or raising awesome little humans, that we tend to push back our own needs on the tail-end of our priority list. And some might feel guilty that self-care is selfish nor indulgent. But we must remember that you cannot pour from an empty cup. The more WHOLE and HEALTHY you are, the fully you can give to others.
Below is first of two parts of my holistic self-care routines suggestions.
“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”—Eleanor Brown
Holistic Self-care Routines (Part 1/2)
Create new healthy routines and plans. Being good to yourself is counted as self-care already. When your family, work or studies take all of your time and energy, it is useful and in your best interest to make healthy routines and effective plans that will take some of the burden off your back. Identify what are the tasks that you can automate or plan in advance, and you plan from there. Do you stress out about what to feed your family on a daily basis? Spend an afternoon making your meal plan and grocery list before the week starts. Do you stress rummaging your closet to find clothes to wear? Spend some time to declutter your closet, and prepare your clothes for the next five days. Do you stress over the payment due dates of your utility or credit card bills? Make a payment schedule that works for you and nominate to automate your payment from your savings or checking account. The key is being organized and establishing healthy routines that allow you to save more time, space, money and your sanity!
Streamline your life. Set up yourself for success. Clutter and lack of healthy snacks are two of the common things that stresses me out in a day. If you’re like me, then setting aside time to declutter even one part of our home or home office on a daily basis will ensure that I will save myself from stressing out when I need to find some things. And when it comes to snacking, we have to keep our energy levels stable by munching on healthy snack options when we’re hungry. So it’s important that we keep healthy snack options in our pantry.
Just say “No.”. We are constantly filling our calendars to the brim of things to do and people to meet. But when it comes to your sanity, you have to reevaluate if everything we say “yes” to is important in our lives and in our well-being. If you find that you can forego some commitments, tasks or obligations, then don’t be afraid to say “no”. When you say “no” to others, it means you are saying “yes” to yourself. And you’ve only got one self, so better take care of it.
Have yourself checked by the MD. For freelancers or stay-at-home parents like me, we don’t have a company that obliges us to go through an annual physical exam. That’s why we have to oblige ourselves to see the doctor at least once a year, except of course if you are feeling something that needs immediate attention. Prevention is always better than cure. And this goes way beyond our physical health. We must check-in with our doctors for our mental health, too.
Keep a journal. I have been a fan of diary or journaling for years and years. We are bombarded with a variety of life experiences on the daily. When we are mindful of the things that are happening to us or around us, we get to understand and learn about ourselves better. I find it so therapeutic to write my thoughts without filter, as raw as it gets. After I unload all of my thoughts and worries, I instantly feel better. And when I read it a few months or even years after, it feels magical that I was able to capture a piece of myself—my thoughts, worries or feelings. Jot down how you feel, what you see or hear and your experiences in a journal. Self-awareness is key.
Take time for your spiritual health. We may be calling our God with different names, but we still believe in one. Dedicate sacred time to do meditations or prayers to renew our faith and spirit.
Check on your financial health. You could be working for years or you could just be starting with your first job. It doesn’t matter where you are in your journey. It is a must to check on one’s personal financial situation if you value your hard-earned money, have life goals that you want to achieve and want to have a secured future. There are many dimensions to financial health—including the amount of savings you have for emergencies, the amount you are setting aside for a comfortable retirement, the amount you are spending on liabilities and the amount you are investing on assets. It pays to have a sound financial plan. And if you are not the DIY-type, you can seek an advice of a Financial Advisor to develop your own financial plan.
Learn to let go. This applies to people that does not spark joy. They could be wearing us down or making us feel even worse than how we should feel about ourselves. Toxic people are people we do not want if we want the best for ourselves and in our lives. Acceptance is key. Know that you have to let go of them so you can live your lives better. This applies to letting go of mental and emotional clutter, too.
Schedule regular date nights. This could be date nights with your friends, date nights with your spouse or even with your family. As humans, we crave and value being loved, sacred intimacy, belongingness and having a sense of connection with another human being. Despite our busy lives, we must always find time to reconnect on a regular basis and find time to make our hearts rejoice in love and in life.
Taking care of yourself regularly takes courage, commitment, consistency and work, but the pay off is in the elevated quality of your life, and that is priceless!Jaycelle Playda-Sahagun
Small changes can sum to big results and every time you invest towards making yourself feel like your best self, the rewards are fulfilling to say the least.
Give the best gift to yourself, your loved ones and your community by opening up to a happier, healthier and more effective self. Take time to take care of yourself and cherish this wonderful life you have been given.
How do you take care of your mind, body and spirit? Does any of these suggestions speak to you? Leave a comment and share how you are actively working on your self-care.
Get more holistic self-care routines suggestions on the part two of two of this article.