Making Self-Care a Habit
When your start out trying to fit more self-care into your day, one of the biggest hurdles is making it a habit. It is so easy to slip back into our old ways. Just the same as when you start a new diet. You have to fight to make it become habit.
Starting this new habit will come with challenges, but you can make it easier by setting yourself up for success. Just as you would stock your home up with healthy foods, and leave the sugary baked goods at the store, you need to make sure your home is ready to help you with self-care.
There might be a lot of diet habit references, but I’m dieting, and it’s all on my mind right now. I just can’t help it.
The 5 types of self care
There are actually 5 basic types of self-care that we should be striving for to keep our lives in balance. In an ideal world we would actively work on all of these all the time. Yet, we live in reality, and as busy moms, we don’t always have time to even brush our hair every day.
Keeping yourself in balance is still important, so as you’re adding a little self-care into your day, make sure you’re not getting into a rut and choosing the same type of self care every day, or you’re going to be neglecting other parts of yourself that also need self-care.
The 5 types of
physical, mental, social, spiritual and emotional.
Physical self-care hosts a variety of things but is probably the most common form of self-care that people think about when they are talking about what to do for self-care. This would include things like a bubble bath, working out, eating right, putting on a face mask, or enjoying a spa day.
A lot of times, these are the things that seem most difficult. We can’t all afford a spa day or a long bubble bath. Most times we are lucky to make it through a 3-minute shower without interruption. It really becomes about finding the things that you can fit into your schedule that work as physical self-care.
Mental self-care is anything that stretches your brain. Doing puzzles, reading, writing a letter to your younger self, or speaking to a therapist. These things help clear your mind and bring you to a better mental state to continue your days.
It is very possible that you’re already actively doing this type of self-care, if you are getting plenty, then you’re doing awesome! Keep going and taking time to stretch your mind.
This is important whether you’re an introvert or extrovert. Probably more so if you’re extroverted. As an introvert, I’m not a person that thrives off of being around a lot of people, but if you are, then make sure you’re spending time in places that your thrive in.
Social self-care includes more than just being around other people, it could be as simple as having a video chat with a friend, spending time with your family, or going on a date with your spouse. Spending that quality time with your family, and having date nights might already be part of your
This one is probably pretty easy to figure out as well. This would include everything that brings you to a better spiritual state. Going to church, prayer, meditation, yoga, being around people of your same faith or doing some
There is a multitude of things that are in this category, and again, many of them may already be part of your regular routine. If so, see what you can add to your day. Adding in more than you are doing is a great way to keep stretching those self-care muscles.
Emotional self-care would include things like writing in a journal (a great tool for self-care), coloring or making art, making crafts, writing a letter or doing anything that allows you to express your emotions through actions.
Finding ways to express our emotions in ways that show our feelings and get them out. This isn’t always natural to all of us, but it is important to get those feelings out in a constructive way.
Tools to help you succeed
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Just as you would set yourself up for a diet, I want you to set yourself up for success in your new self-care routine.
- Make a kit of all your favorite self-care items (link to my favorite items)
- Make a list of all your top self-care wishes (link to my post with over 100 ideas)
- Grab my Self-Care Journey book
- Journal & track your progress
Tracking your self-care
One way to keep your self-care goals is to track each type you do. That way you know you’re balancing your care, and focusing on all aspects of yourself. To help you do this I made a free downloadable self-care tracker for you to use.
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Using something to track your monthly self-care will help ensure that you’re keeping yourself in balance. I have also included a water tracker. I know I need incentive to achieve my 8 glasses of water a day, so coloring in a water droplet for each day I successfully get my 8 glasses in is good incentive for me.
What do you do to make self-care a habit?