The current issue of Energy Magazine has some wonderful articles about self-care from our insightful writers. From Carving Out Small Moments of Self-Care by Mari McCarthy to Winter Self-Care Tips from Robyn Youkillis, you can learn new ways to self-care and determine which ones would work best for you.
However, even before you begin assessing which self-care routine fits your lifestyle, you might first want to give thought to how to make a self-care routine a daily practice. The following five-step process is an effective way to place you on the path of self-care and permanently stay on it:
- Add joy into your life. Self-care is meant to satisfy your soul, and we each have something different that fulfills us and adds joy. Think about the things that bring joy into your life. Do you have a color that gladdens your heart or a little trinket that makes you smile? Whatever brings you joy, write down what is meaningful to you. Consider these happiness triggers and life’s pleasures you want to manifest for yourself.
- Make your happiness triggers a part of your daily life. For example, if you are calmed by the color blue, then think of ways to surround yourself with this color. If you love the scent of lavender, set up a diffuser in your home or office with the scent. The goal is to find something pleasurable to add into your life but make it effortless or else you won’t do it.
- Establish self-care goals. While experiencing simple pleasures is gratifying on its own, you also want to create self-care goals. Once you have selected a self-care routine to add into your daily life, next, you will want to create some goals for yourself. What do you hope to gain from the new routine? How often and when will you perform the routine? If a behavior adjustment is required as part of your new self-care regimen (for example, you want to minimize use of technology), it might take some adjustments and time until you reach a desired goal.
- Evaluate self-care after a week. Once you’ve established a new self-care routine, experience it for a week then assess how you feel. Do you think you’ve achieved any positive benefits? Do you think you can maintain the new practice for a while? Give yourself time to reflect, and if it makes sense to you, continue with it over the next month.
- Adjust your self-care behaviors as your needs change. What’s important to you as a daily or weekly routine can evolve and change over time. As the term implies, self-care is about you. So, if at a certain point of time, you feel it is more a bother than a benefit to maintain a certain routine, then eliminate it. It could mean your needs have changed, and it’s time to find some other behavior that supports you.
Self-care shouldn’t be a chore, and if it is then maybe you haven’t found a routine that best suits you. Daily self-care is meant to rejuvenate and balance yourself. With it, you can have an inner sense of peace and calm to face the day ahead. For energy practitioners, self-care can heighten your self-awareness, enabling you to approach your work with greater gratitude, compassion, and authenticity. Let’s get started!