Self Care

Self Care – What it is and What it’s not

Self Care

The term self care has been thrown around a lot in the past few years both in our communities and in social media. As a result, there have been so many misconceptions about what it actually is. There is much more to it than just “getting your nails done occasionally” or “going to Sunday brunch when I can”  which were some of the most popular responses that I have heard. 

Self care is a thoughtful, intentional and deliberate practice that takes care of our mental, emotional and physical health. What is that in plain English? Basically you are creating a regular practice or set of practices that help you take care of you, the whole you. Did I mention the word regular yet? Twice or three times weekly, once or twice a day, once a week on the same day and time. Regular…

brunch and self care

Many of us overthink what could be a good self-care routine for ourselves. Think back to simpler times when your plate wasn’t overflowing. What were you doing then? If you can’t recall or are unsure Google is a great resource to help you find or weed out what can work for your interests. 

These are a few of the most popular self-care activities from various age groups:

  • Manicure and/or pedicure
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Going to Brunch
  • Reading
  • Organize your home
  • Call a loved one
  • Exercise/ Go to the Gym
  • Turn off your mobile phone
inexpensive self care

There are also times where we may not have the extra cash to participate in some of the activities that we used to love or may no longer have access to. One of the things that I hear the most about self care is that you need money to practice. Here are some ways to practice self care on any budget:

  • Complete some breathing exercises
  • Listen to running water, crashing waves or another soothing sound
  • Take a hot shower or warm bath
  • Cuddle with a pet
  • Be a tourist in your own town/city
  • Practice Gratitude
  • Burn a scented candle or use aromatherapy
  • Stare up at the sky
  • Complete a Brain Teaser/ Crossword/Puzzle
  • Listen to music
  • Journal
  • Practice Mindfulness
  • Go for a photo walk

self care quotes

If you have any self-care activities that you complete that are working for you, we would love to hear them!