Today's blog post is from Not A Barbie Career and Empowerment Conference Keynote Speaker, Cassandre Joseph. Learn more about Cassandre and the other speakers of the April 8th conference HERE.
Self-care: Six ways to make it an actual part of your life
Self-care is a word that recently has gotten a lot of buzz and there are many ways to view and define self-care. But I like to use the definition provided by Fort Garry Women's Resource Centre who defined self-care as “care provided for you by you. It’s about identifying what you need and taking steps to meet those needs. Self-care is about showing yourself love, kindness, and respect on a daily basis.” Sometimes we get so caught up in the day to day parts of our lives that we forget about ourselves, I find this to be especially true as women. That’s why self-care is extremely important to me and not just a word that I fantasize about coming true. I really believe that practicing self-care is all of our highest priority and that it is very possible for us to make self-care an actual part of our lives. I also believe that when self-care is practiced on a daily basis, it allows you to be your best self, which then gives you the capacity to do all that you want to do. Thankfully, despite what society may think, we aren’t robots and we weren’t made to keep going and going and giving and giving without recharging and addressing our own needs. Now I could go on and on about why everyone should prioritize self-care but I couldn’t leave you without giving you some tips on how to start practicing self-care on a daily basis.
Below are six tips to make a self-care an actual part of your life:
Think about the snatches of time throughout your day when you’re not really doing anything productive. We all have 10 minutes here or 10 minutes there that we can use to practice self-care. Maybe it’s during your commute to and from work or during your lunch break, work with what you’ve got!
Once you’ve found those times, schedule it! Put in your phone or write it down in your agenda book. Just make sure it’s in a place that you can see daily.
Set reminders on your phone. For most of us, our phones have become an extension of our bodies. Since you always have your phone with you, that means you’ll always have a reminder. Therefore, the likelihood of you forgetting decreases.
Don’t over think it. If you only have 5 minutes in the morning to practice some meditation then use those 5 minutes, instead of not doing it all. Remember 5 minutes is better than 0 minutes and it adds up over time.
Get an accountability partner. Maybe you can start by getting a group of your friends and going to a weekly gym class. Sometimes it’s easier to stick to a goal if you have someone to hold you accountable.
Get an app. Thankfully there are so many apps out there that can assist you in making self-care a part of your day. For example, the Insight Timer app has a plethora of meditations that are 5 minutes or more long. I also enjoy using the Forest app when I know I need to unplug from social media and stop using my phone. Get creative and find an app that will help you.
Those are some of my tips on how to make self-care an actual part of your life. Let me know if you try one or feel free to add your own tip in the comments section below!
Hear more from Cassandre at the 2nd Annual #NotABarbie Career and Empowerment Conference on April 8th. Tickets available https://bostonglownotabarbiecareera2017.sched.com/tickets