This year, more than ever, I need to be productive with my time. Teaching at two studios, privately instructing, blogging with intention, and homeschooling full time has meant that my organizational and self care skills need to be on point. These five self care tips are the ones that are keeping me productive and afloat these days.
I’d love to hear any more that are keeping you going strong. I’ve been sharing these, along with a LOT more self care ideas (that go beyond the bubble bath) on Instagram lately. I use the hashtag #selfcarestory to organize them, mostly for myself, but also so you can add to them and we can all benefit from each others knowledge. I’d love to see your self care story, tips, and ideas. Or, share them here in the comments so we can all grow our skill-set in caring for our brains and bodies.
- Believe that there are thought patterns, habit cycles, and rabbit holes that you fall down. Notice them. Speak them. And STOP them in the moment. Destructive cycles are something that everyone is vulnerable to. Acknowledging your negative patterns is a self-care moment of glory. For example; if you know that _____ social media account brings up negative thoughts, inadequacy or sad feelings, that then lead to scrolling, searching, and self deprecating thought? Don’t Look Them Up. Know the trigger, tell yourself to stop, and then stop. This is something I am so capable of when I am aware. I use an internal (sometimes spoken!) script. “Will this make me feel good? or confident? Will this help me grow?” NOPE. Stop.
- Honor Body Needs. There is a cultural story we tell ourselves that productive people need to forsake all human needs; stay up till 3am, live on coffee, and that creativity and success are directly linked to these habits. However? The opposite is the truth! People who are sustainably productive honor their bodies needs. Sleeping, having a bedtime and a routine. Drinking enough water throughout the day. And eating well, often.
- Cull your Facebook and IG feed. Follow people who make you feel good. Inspire you. And don’t feed the trolls in your brain (for me; nothing that promotes hate, diet culture, before/after heavy accounts, or ones that poke at other people). Productive people don’t spend energy hate reading. It’s a weird habit. I’ll cop to it! Those accounts, or articles, or pages that post things you REALLY don’t agree with, or rile you up. And yet? We go back. Search bar. Again. It’s pointless and not helpful.
- Set your family and time boundaries. Know when you turn off your phone. Know what day (or more) you unplug. And know how you intend to connect with your kiddos/family/friend. Having those boundaries in place makes your time more valuable and your ability to prioritize in your time higher.
- Spend time outside. Spend time breathing. Closing your eyes and taking 5 huge belly breaths. Walking, slowly. Taking in images far away (not just phone sized, oops) and stretching your brain, eyes, and ears with nature. Listening closely, looking far, and walking with long strides.
I’m reading, rereading, and making all of these a daily priority. Setting up a solid evening routine, some phone alarms to keep me on track, and really embracing that I have control over my actions and reactions. Keeping these 5 tips at my forefront is helping me to meet my goals each day. Hope these help you out too!