How to Ace Your Weekly Self-Care Routine

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At last glance, when I searched for the #selfcare on Instagram, there were over 36 million posts with that hashtag. It seems there are a lot of people practicing it, providing it, or both. Either way, it’s a pretty popular thing people are thinking about. I’d imagine if I looked on other platforms, there would be a similar result. And though the thought of self-care is often thought of for women, it is really a non-gender related concept.

With that in mind, we know that self-care is front and center in the minds of many. However, just because we think about it, does not mean we are doing it. Self-care is an action, not just a noun. It requires us to actively care for ourselves. What that looks like for each of us can be different. The way it impacts each of us can be different. One common thing is that most people have ups and downs in their consistency with their self-care. What if you had a way to be sure you took this seriously every day? No one can guarantee you will; however, here are some tips to help you along the way.

  1. What makes you cry or get angry? Both of these are examples of how something can really get under our skin and draw out our most passionate expressions of our emotions. Once you identify this, ask yourself why it makes you feel that way. Then, create a story that connects this to caring for yourself. If seeing someone harmed makes you cry…ask if your behaviors daily are harming you. If seeing someone treated unfairly makes you angry…ask yourself if you are being unfair to your body, mind, soul when you don’t take care of it.

Part of why we do what we do (or don’t) is based on the impact on the reward center in our brains. If we don’t see or feel a reward, it may not appeal, and if it doesn’t appeal we are less likely to continue doing it voluntarily. Basic human nature is something we can work with if we know how to. Think about the short and long-term goals of self-care. Find ways that matter to you to have this appeal to your reward center. Only you know what makes you tick. Pause and take time to do so in an effort to create better and more sustainable ways of taking care of YOU!

Trauma-informed #emotionalintelligence coach, diversity consultant & speaker writing about everything to help you live, love, and prosper in the best way!

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