Sharing stories from others who believe self-care is foundational to their best self

 

 

Karena

@ wonderwell workshops
What's your own definition of self-care?
To me, self-care means being aware of what my mind/body/spirit needs are on any given day, and honoring those needs. Sometimes I need veggies, other days it might be a burger and milkshake. It's all about being in tune and flexible with what I need.
How do you currently take care of yourself?
I am all about prevention, so I like to do things regularly to take care of myself. Lately, it's been an afternoon walk with a good podcast. I've also recently started taking vitamins, too!
How can you tell when you do need a bit more self-care in your life?
I become a teeth-grinder at night when I get too stressed or overwhelmed. I also tend to have less patience towards others.
 
When I am stressed out, my go-to self-care activity is:
Yoga/light stretching, meditation, spending a few minutes outside in sunshine, texting or talking to a friend or Steve (my boyfriend), though sometines a nap is all I'll need!
 
Most affordable and essential self-care tool that I can't live without:
My water bottle! I definitely think drinking enough water is a huge piece of taking optimal care of myself.
When I do splurge, it's on:
Facemasks, creams, lotions. I love making my AM an PM a little more indulging by using a face cream that makes my skin feel and smell good.
My top 3 apps that I use for self-care:
Insight Timer for meditation, Spotify for all the great tunes, and Play Music for podcasts!
What is one tip or piece of advice related to self-care?
Take it easy, and approach self-care with a light, joyful heart. Because in the end, it really is just all about being kind to yourself.

 

 

Ashley

@ girlbossevents
What's your own definition of self-care?
My definition of self-care means being able to take time doing things for myself that create a healthy energy, mind, and body while filling up my bucket so that I can pour better energy into all cups or areas of my life; marriage, kids, work, etc. This could mean taking time for a DIY facemask, going to bed a bit earlier, daily exercise,  taking just a bit longer getting ready in the morning, meditation, tracking what I'm eating, spending time with friends, and so many other things.
How do you currently take care of yourself?
I try to get up before my kids do to just take some time to live in the quiet, set my mind, and get ready for the day. I also try to get to bed at a decent hour. Sleep is SO important to a healthy self-care life. I also try to drink half my body weight in oz of water everyday as well as keep track of what I'm putting into my body.  I've also learned saying "no" is a GREAT way to take care of and not overextend yourself.
How can you tell when you do need a bit more self-care in your life?
I start feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and my mind feels very cloudy.
 
When I am stressed out, my go-to self-care activity is:
Hand-lettering scripture, prayer + breathing exercises, and snuggling my dog 🙂
 
Most affordable and essential self-care tool that I can't live without:
A good facemask (I use L'OREAL Pure Clay Masks) and a good meditation app!
When I do splurge, it's on:
A rare mani/pedi 
My top 3 tools that I use for self-care:
Headspace- offers soothing sounds as well as meditation exercises
 
Lose It! - helps you keep track of what you're putting in your body. You can track calories, macronutrients, as well as water intake. Whether you are trying to gain, lose, or maintain weight, its important to know what you are fueling your body with since health is WAY more than a number on a scale. 
 
Technology can be a great way to help with self-care, but other than those two, I try not to use my phone as a way to relax, I find it does the opposite, so thirdly, I would say paper and pens and bible for me to hand letter. Doing an activity with your hands that creates something is proven to relax and relieve stress. 
What is one tip or piece of advice related to self-care?
Go. To. Bed. Staying up late doesn't help anyone. And dock your phone AWAY from where you sleep. Downstairs, in the other room, wherever. No one needs to be scrolling right before they're trying to relax and rest their mind and body.

 

 

Bailey

@ goodtherapycincy
What's your own definition of self-care?
Taking time to check in with myself and then giving my body, mind, and spirit what it needs.
How do you currently take care of yourself?
Oh let me count the ways...  I prioritize sleep, exercise, and nutritious food each day because if one of those is out of whack then the whole system suffers. I am careful about how I manage my work schedule and I allot plenty of breaks. If I need to work more than usual one day I will work less the day before or after. I give myself space to be creative when I feel like being creative, space to veg out when I feel I need to veg out, and space to reflect on what I have experienced so far in this life. make time to play. I stay close to my family and friends. I travel. I laugh A LotI don't take myself or this life too seriously.  I celebrate every small, medium, and large victory. allow myself to be imperfect.
How can you tell when you do need a bit more self-care in your life?
When things that felt small and insignificant yesterday feel big and overwhelming today.
 
When I am stressed out, my go-to self-care activity is:
It depends on the kind of stress. If it is an anxious or frustrated stress then my go-to is exercise. I love to lift weights, run, do yoga, hike, anything physical. Being able to physically "conquer" a workout makes me feel more mentally and emotionally capable to handle whatever lies in front of me. If it is a sad or helpless type of stress then I turn to bubble baths with soothing fragrances and relaxing music. That helps me to practice letting go and accepting life for what it is instead of fighting against reality. 
 
Most affordable and essential self-care tool that I can't live without:
I'm big on yummy smelling scents so essential oils are my jam. I keep rollerball blends and diffusers everywhere. I even have a portable essential oil diffuser in my car.
When I do splurge, it's on:
Travel or delicious food.
My top 3 apps that I use for self-care:
Headspace to meditate, Nike Running Club for guided runs, Podcasts to learn.
What is one tip or piece of advice related to self-care?
Becoming the best possible version of yourself will not happen naturally. It is a lifestyle that requires effort and will continuously evolve if you allow it toIt is not a linear process. You will sometimes fall flat on your face. However, if you choose to face all that life brings your way, you will have thousands of opportunities to make decisions that will serve you in becoming healthier, stronger, happier, and more at peace. Take advantage of those opportunities and face life head on. Your future self will thank you for it. 

 

 

Brynne

@ bewellbalance
What's your own definition of self-care?
To me, self-care means doing the things you need to do to refuel and rejuvenate, which can take various forms for different people. When you feel at your best, you are better able to put your best self forward for others and in your work.
How do you currently take care of yourself?
I try my best to nourish my body with good food, exercise regularly, and get a solid 8 hours of sleep every night (this is a must for me!). To ease my mind, I read often, practice meditation, and engage in creative activities -- whether that's painting, writing, or cooking. Not all days are good days, and on those particularly harder days, the most important form of self-care for me is practicing self-compassion and forgiveness. Not being too harsh on myself is key to do better moving forward.
How can you tell when you do need a bit more self-care in your life?
I can always tell when I am feeling extra stressed or down by being in touch with my body and mind: when I start getting headaches, neck/back tension, increased negative self-talk, or feel like staying in more often than usual, I know I need to take a step back to reassess and make changes to my routine.
When I am stressed out, my go-to self-care activity is:
Exercise and meditation are my easy, immediate go-to stress relievers. Taking my dog for a short walk or focusing on my breathing for a few minutes always relaxes me. Deep breathing is particularly useful because you can literally do it anytime, anywhere!
 
Most affordable and essential self-care tool that I can't live without:
A hike in nature is my ultimate form of self-care. Free, beautiful views, and gets the endorphins flowing!
When I do splurge, it's on:
A weekend away with friends! Exploring new cities and spending time with friends is a favorite way for me to escape and distract my mind. Even making a simple day trip to a nearby city still offers a fun experience and can be relatively affordable.
My top 3 tools that I use for self-care:
Headspace is my number one self-care app that I use for meditation. Calm is another great one for sleep and meditation. I also like exploring different ideas and inspiration through others' Instagram accounts.
What is one tip or piece of advice related to self-care?
Really take a look at the things you do on a day-to-day or weekly basis and identify what makes you feel good and what depletes you. If you're noticing that there are way more tasks that are depleting than restoring, schedule in even just 5 minutes a day to yourself to do something that makes feel good. Start small and continue to build these "feel good" activities into your routine. It might even be worth exploring new hobbies -- I recently tried watercolor painting, and it has become a new activity that I've added to my personal self-care toolkit!

 

 

Brittney

@ brittneycottman
      photography
What's your own definition of self-care?
My definition of self-care is when you pay attention to and are aware of what your own body and mind needs in order to function at it's best, and then act upon those needs to keep energy, happiness, and stress at optimal levels.
How do you currently take care of yourself?
This I feel is always a work in progress. Some days I do a really good job of eating the right foods, drinking enough water, being active, taking time to do something non-work related, or even taking the time to sit and do nothing for a few minutes. Other days it's a struggle to remind myself that I have needs that require attention as well in order to keep all cylinders firing the way they're supposed to. I think being aware that some days will be more of a struggle is half the battle though. It's completely normal to be totally on it some days and other days not pay attention to needs at all. I've learned over time not to give myself a hard time about this. Once I recognize I may not have been totally attentive to my needs in a day, I shrug it off and decide to focus a little better the next day.
How can you tell when you do need a bit more self-care in your life?
When I feel sluggish or stressed for sure. We all give ourselves mental pep talks throughout the day. I'm aware that when my pep talks start to become not-so-peppy, I need to figure out what I need to do physically or mentally to get out of that headspace because something is missing to make me think the thoughts I'm thinking. Someone once told me that we are our own worst critics and we tend to say pretty terrible things to ourselves at times. But if you say the negative things you're thinking out loud, are they words that you would say to your best friend? to your significant other? Most of the time the answer is NO so why do we think it is ok to say these things to ourselves? We shouldn't! Most of the time, taking a moment to reflect when having negative thoughts will lead us to being aware that our bodies and/or our minds are in need of something to change our attitudes.
 
When I am stressed out, my go-to self-care activity is:
Organizing! Call me a nerd, but I feel very refreshed and accomplished when I can overhaul a closet, cabinets, or shelves and organize the inside for better use of space and improved function of the items.
 
Most affordable and essential self-care tool that I can't live without:
My UnderArmor water bottle! Getting plenty of water is so important for overall health, and I can definitely feel the toll it takes on me mentally and physically if I haven't had enough water (sluggish, slow, tired, hungry, etc.). I personally love ice water and my UnderArmor water bottle keeps ice water cold for an entire day when I'm on the go. I really don't know what I'd do without it. I take it everywhere!
When I do splurge, it's on:
Things for my home. I love decorating and organizing, so anything that can help me do either one of those in my home is a splurge. I also consider getting a manicure and/or pedicure a splurge. It's something I have to go out of my way to schedule and plan for myself.
My top 3 apps that I use for self-care:
Trello in my business keeps me on track and organized with my work; Pinterest is my go to for EVERYTHING. When I want to find a new recipe, or a way to treat a breakout, or when I just need to find some funny posts to give me a good laugh, I hit up Pinterest; MindBody is something I've just discovered in the past few months as I've gotten more into yoga. It helps me find yoga classes to sign up for and there are tons more fitness, wellness, and beauty things to sign up for on there as well!
What is one tip or piece of advice related to self-care?
Take the time to find what works for you. Not everyone will get the same benefits from the same activity. I hear people say things like "I need to do this or that because it's supposed to be good for me" or "I need to do this because I should and other people say they're doing it" and I often wonder if they are really getting any benefit from it. Running can be a great active exercise, but I personally feel better and more accomplished in exercising when I've been on the elliptical. Meditation is supposed to be very healthy for reducing stress and anxiety, but I feel the most stress relief when I'm organizing something or putting on some chill music and drawing/painting. Does this mean that I'm missing something or not doing everything I can for my own self care? Nope! It just means that I have honed in on what really works for myself. Never stop trying new things to see what activities work the best for you 🙂

 

 

Kristen

@ drkristenzumberger
What's your own definition of self-care?

Self-care to me is defined as the practice of taking an active role in protecting, improving, or preserving one’s own physical and mental well-being to promote happiness. I love this definition because it implies that self-care is PROACTIVE and that you have to take an initiative and be active in the role of your own health. I also like it because it implies that it does not necessarily have to be an act of improving but can also be an act of preserving what already exists within us. Nobody controls your own well-being, health, and happiness more than you and you should not rely on anyone else to do it.

Self-care to me means filling up your own cup before trying to help fill up anyone else’s cup. Self-care is about taking an ACTIVE role in your mental and physical health and well-being to create the best version of you. You simply cannot take care of anyone else well if you are not well yourself mentally or physically.

How do you currently take care of yourself?

Self-care for me includes things that improve my mental and physical health and wellbeing. I mainly focus on tasks that improve my body or mind in more ways than one. Tasks that for me personally truly make me feel more confident, feel good in my skin, and release those feel good hormones and endorphins. These things include:

  • Movements: workouts, yoga, walks, runs, stretches at least daily
  • Getting adjusted at least 2 times a week
  • Getting massages at least monthly
  • Self-help or motivational empowering books, podcasts, quotes at least daily
  • Candle Lit Bubble Baths at least biweekly
  • Jam Session as needed
  • Hair Done
  • Buying a new clothing item (careful on this one)
  • Meditation/Diaphragmatic Breathing
How can you tell when you do need a bit more self-care in your life?

I can tell when I need a bit more self-care in my life when I start to notice my mean girl and inner critic kicking up her volume. Negative self-talk, negative thoughts and behaviors start to show their colors in my life when I have not taken care of me. I think this is my body’s way of trying to grab my attention. I quickly turn to want to blame others or things just don’t seem to be going “right”. That’s when I know I need some self-care and self-love. It’s a sign I have neglected areas of myself and body.

When I am stressed out, my go-to self-care activity is:
My go to self-care activity is either a run/walk outside blaring my favorite jams, a candle lit bubble bath with calm relaxing music, or if I’m in a time crunch a quick 5-10 deep breaths with my eyes closed.
 
Most affordable and essential self-care tool that I can't live without:

This is tricky, I would say motivational or self-help books, podcasts, or quotes. It truly begins my day right each day with positivity and motivation and it keeps my brain and mind sharp.

A very simple essential and affordable self-care tool is Diaphragmatic breathing. You don’t need anything but a few quite minutes to yourself and your breath. It’s actually been shown that diaphragmatic breathing physically reduces your cortisol (stress) levels.

When I do splurge, it's on:
Getting my hair done, or a new outfit to make me feel good and confident.
My top 3 tools that I use for self-care:
Headspace App for quick guided mediation, Apple Podcast App, Spotify for the best playlists
What is one tip or piece of advice related to self-care?
My best piece of advice related to self-care is to keep it simple. Self-care does not have to be expensive or time consuming but is absolutely 100% necessary. Another tip is to not compare your self-care activities to anyone else’s because we all respond to happy differently and that’s OKAY, that’s what makes each of us so unique and wonderful. Find what works for you and find what sparks pure joy, excitement, and motivation in your life. Find those things and then DO MORE OF THEM. Make those tings your priority because you deserve it and you will be a better person, friend, spouse, child, parent because of them. Because when your cup is full, it overflows on others and helps fill their cup up too! Self-care is never selfish.

 

 

Samantha

@ selfcareselflove_ot
What's your own definition of self-care?
Self-care is the practice of making the conscious decision to engage in tasks/activities that improve (or sustain) your physical, mental, and emotional health and wellness.
How do you currently take care of yourself?
I am adamant about getting enough sleep. I try to drink a lot of water throughout the day. I go for walks and practice yoga. I spend time outside whenever the weather is nice. I prioritize spending time and speaking to people that lift me up. I write. I practice mindfulness (currently finishing up a mindfulness based stress reduction course) and lots of breathing exercises. I practice Reiki on myself. I actually also set weekly goals with my husband usually related to wellness and we hold each other accountable throughout the week.
How can you tell when you do need a bit more self-care in your life?
I usually start to feel more tired and down. I become more reactive and easily frustrated.
 
When I am stressed out, my go-to self-care activity is:
If I'm practicing self-care the way I want to be...going outside or a short mindfulness meditation.
 
Most affordable and essential self-care tool that I can't live without:
My breath. (it's free!)
When I do splurge, it's on:
Yoga clothes, essential oils/candles, teas.
My top 3 apps that I use for self-care:
I don't really use many self-care apps. I do have 2 different instagram accounts, one personal and one wellness. I tend to leave myself signed into the wellness one because the feed is filled with much more positive messages and perspectives...
What is one tip or piece of advice related to self-care?
Make one goal to start. If you try to tackle everything at once it won't feel (or likely be) sustainable.
Even though you only asked for one piece of advice I'm going to give a second....drop the "all or nothing" mentality. If you forget something or miss a goal for the week or get really busy, don't beat yourself up. If you wan't to do something 5 days a week, and you got to 2 or 3 of those...that's still better than the 0 days of before. Beating yourself up causes more stress and feeling defeated often leads to people just dropping their self-care practice. Be kind to yourself. It's a learning and growing process..it does not have to be perfect at first.

 

 

Michelle

@ michellemariestudio
What's your own definition of self-care?

Taking care of yourself, mentally and physically daily. Knowing when to take emotional and physical breaks.

How do you currently take care of yourself?
Eating healthy and enough each day. Working out consistently. All of these are things that I am constantly trying to work on.
How can you tell when you do need a bit more self-care in your life?

When I have a couple of days in a row where I come back home from work and feel too exhausted to do anything but sleep. Or I notice I’ve skipped a meal or two in the last couple of days and haven’t worked out. This usually means I have been working too many hours, unintentionally.

When I am stressed out, my go-to self-care activity is:
Working out. Nothing a spin class can’t fix!
 
Most affordable and essential self-care tool that I can't live without:
Face masks, bubble baths and wine 🙂
When I do splurge, it's on:
Vacations! Getting away from my house (that I work out of) is so helpful for me.
My top 3 tools that I use for self-care:
- Myfitnesspal app for food tracking
- Classpass for fitness classes
- My garmin watch which tracks my heart rate and steps for the day. If I notice midday my steps are basically 0, then I'll go for a walk. This is good not only for my body but for my mind.
What is one tip or piece of advice related to self-care?
If you need a break because your life has been so hectic, make time to take that break. Don't let things build up inside of you. Taking care of yourself is not only important to you but to everyone you surround yourself with.

 

 

Janet

@interioritywellness
What's your own definition of self-care?
To me, self-care begins with self-compassion: the willingness and presence of mind to cherish myself in the same way that I cherish a loved one; and, to interact with myself with the same kindness and humanity that I would offer any other person. What makes it so hard for us to do this for ourselves?
How do you currently take care of yourself?
Not only do I care for myself by building in relaxing activities such as massage, free time to read, dream, and plan, but to speak kindly to myself, to be understanding when I am unable to achieve my ridiculously high expectations of myself, to be gentle with my physical, emotional, mental and spiritual self.

How can you tell when you do need a bit more self-care in your life?
I need more self-care when I feel depleted and exhausted. I need more self-care when I am not present to my patients’ needs. I need more self-care when my relationships suffer, when I isolate, when I feel numb.

When I am stressed out, my go-to self-care activity is:
Meditation and yoga. I sit with my breath and allow all of my emotions to be what they are. I remember to be present to all of my experiences, senses, memories, sensations, thoughts and emotions. When I’m stressed out, I also move through some gentle yoga poses and allow myself to connect to the Divine and bathe in a wash of compassion.
 
Most affordable and essential self-care tool that I can't live without:
Mahanarayan Oil from Banyon Botanicals – this oil is used for self-massage in Ayurveda. Self-massage is comforting for the body and Mahanarayan Oil is rich in herbs that target the joints and muscles. We often think of massage as an indulgence. But, massage is an important component of optimal health. Giving yourself a massage with warm oil gives you the opportunity to give care and nourishment to yourself.

When I do splurge, it's on:
Good shoes, massage therapy, a great hair cut.
My top 3 apps that I use for self-care:
  1. Tibetan Bowls App – chimes briefly at intervals set by you throughout the day to remind you to breathe and be present for a moment. It is also a gentle alarm clock and timer for meditation practice
  2. Mindfulness App – gives you short messages throughout the day reminding you to be mindful and present.
  3. Calm App – has guided meditations with background music for destressing and for sleep.
What is one tip or piece of advice related to self-care?
It might feel awkward and unfamiliar to begin a self-care practice, so start out small practicing only one thing, whether it is 5 minutes of meditation a day or scheduling in ½ hour at night to do whatever you want. The point is to be non-judgmental with yourself if you forget or if your mind wanders during meditation. The mind is busy and it will wander, and life happens. But judging your performance will only undermine the self-care and self-compassion you’re trying to offer yourself.

 

 

Catherine

@ juniperway.org
What's your own definition of self-care?

Learning and implementing healing modalities into my daily life to sustain my vitality, dreams and longevity.

How do you currently take care of yourself?
Drink lots of clean water, eat food that's from a local farm, stay active, regularly attend yoga classes, read new publications, take naps, sleep at least 8 hours per night, spend time outside every day, smile and surround myself with resourceful individuals.
How can you tell when you do need a bit more self-care in your life?

When I begin to feel disconnected from things I enjoy doing, this triggers self-care mode. I work diligently to make this world a great place to live and when I feel I'm not working hard enough or am not successful enough, this is my signal to take the day off and take care of myself.

When I am stressed out, my go-to self-care activity is:
Going on a walk around my neighborhood while listening to an inspiring podcast.
 
Most affordable and essential self-care tool that I can't live without:
110% My Water Ionizer - this machine has saved me thousands of dollars on medical bills!
When I do splurge, it's on:
Spanish Red Wine
My top 3 tools that I use for self-care:
- Meditation on Twin Hearts
- Manduka yoga mat
- Frankincense Essential Oil
What is one tip or piece of advice related to self-care?
Stay open to new healing modalities, techniques and information. If we remain closed off to things we are unfamiliar with, we may miss out on the one thing we have been seeking.

 

 

Abby

@cardsforcanines
What's your own definition of self-care?
Making time for experiences that bring one joy, relaxation, contentment, and focus.
How do you currently take care of yourself?
Enough sleep, coffee in the morning, daily exercise, morning walks with my dog, relaxing watercolor painting (as in NOT work related), and random doses of a few guilty pleasures. I also try to maintain a healthy diet with home cooked meals and intermittent brunch dates.
How can you tell when you do need a bit more self-care in your life?
I get angry and irritable and super anxious. It’s not pretty. Peaceful mornings turn into turbulent tirades real quick. I stop enjoying things, and I start blaming everyone around me for my stress level. Basically, I'm the worst version of myself.
When I am stressed out, my go-to self-care activity is:
Exercise. Definitely exercise. My husband and I are big runners, and sweating out that stress is the best way to surpass it. If my stress can be alleviated by checking off a few easy things from my daily to-do list, I’ll do that first and then hit the pavement (or trail).
 
Most affordable and essential self-care tool that I can't live without:
Running shoes and watercolor brushes.
When I do splurge, it's on:
Travel, home improvement, and the dog. I’m about to go on a rafting trip with @intothewoodswellness to enjoy 5 days of yoga and serene sleep under the stars  along the banks of the Salmon River. Talk about rejuvenation!
My top 3 apps that I use for self-care:

Oh goodness... Spotify and Audible. Period. That’s it. I honestly don’t like the fact that I even have other apps on my phone.

What is one tip or piece of advice related to self-care?
Just make time for it. Whatever "it" is, find some time when you can truly focus on what YOU want to do. And make sure that "it" is fulfilling and rejuvenating so that the world gets to see the very best YOU!

 

 

Michelle

@ m.sedlak
What's your own definition of self-care?

My definition of self-care is anything that assists with nourishing your body, mind & soul. It involves being present in the moment – listening to your emotional & physical needs. Finding a state of inner peace. Having self-awareness to know what you need and when you need it.

How do you currently take care of yourself?
I am currently working on a variety of things. And no, I’m not perfect. Consistency doesn’t come easy for me, but I try my best. I continuously add new things to try or take away things that don’t fill my cup.
  • Drinking plenty of water which I’ll be honest, the struggle is real. Recently I’ve been making my own cucumber and/or cucumber + mint water. It’s super refreshing and I find myself drinking more H2O!
  • Meal prepping. I find if I to the grocery store during the weekend and meal prep a few things, I eat much better and stress less throughout the rest of the week.
  • Journaling – I keep a gratitude journal at my bedside table. I keep it simple and only write three things I’m thankful for on a weekly basis. I ask my husband to do it with me – it’s been a great way to connect.
  • Going to bed at a decent time – takes a lot of discipline especially since my husband is a night owl and likes to stay up late!
How can you tell when you do need a bit more self-care in your life?

When I’m stressed or anxious. Step number one is having the awareness that you are stressed. For me, it’s a whole body sense of frustration & overwhelm. Lately, I’ve been working on deep breathing in the moment. It helps! My next goal is to try yoga and/or 5-10 minute meditations in the morning or evening.

When I am stressed out, my go-to self-care activity is:
I love to organize and/or clean/tidy the house (depending on my mood). I know, it’s weird but I feel so accomplished when my surroundings are clean and tidy. I can be productive or relax much more easily when this is the case! Also, side note - I’m finding that silence is very powerful. Sometimes I turn off the radio in my car, turn off the T.V., or go sit on my front porch with my pup.
 
Most affordable and essential self-care tool that I can't live without:
So I wouldn’t exactly call it affordable but I can’t live without my ninja blender with personal blending cups. I make smoothies just about every day and it’s so easy to throw the fruit/veggies in a cup and take it to go. I used to use a large blender, but I found it to be more time consuming and a greater hassle. When my husband got me the smaller blender, life in the mornings before work become much easier!
When I do splurge, it's on:
Things for my home. I love to decorate and/or organize so anything related to this I’m all in! I also splurge on quality cosmetic and or cleaning products. I believe it’s important to be mindful of our toxic exposure so I’ve been recently attempting to invest in minimal ingredient, quality items to maximize health!
My top 3 tools that I use for self-care:
  • Insight Timer: I love that thousands of free meditations are offered. I go for long ones (especially before bed) or short five minute ones if I don’t have much time to spare at the start or end of my day.
  • Instagram: Okay, I know what you might be thinking but there are a lot of insightful accounts out there (like WonderWell for example!).The key is following accounts that make you feel good or add value to your interests. I’ve actually been very inspired by a lot of people out there!
  • Podcasts: I’ve become obsessed with podcasts especially over this past year. I love educational podcasts especially related to health and wellness, but I can become easily hooked on thrillers, murder mysteries, etc.
What is one tip or piece of advice related to self-care?
My advice – be kind to yourself. Don’t always expect to know what you want or need. Yes you may have a few go-to self-care activities, but know that our desires/needs/wants change. If you are open, you’ll be guided. Just show up for yourself. Consider self-reflection. Is your current routine working for you? Have you even set aside time for self-care? What can you add or take away? Start small. Try new things!

 

 

Sherry

@healthpluscoach
What's your own definition of self-care?
My definition of self-care are when my priorities for emotional, physical, and mental well-being are taken care of by me so that I may be better able to serve others more fully.
How do you currently take care of yourself?
That’s a very long list as it incorporates all aspects of being an adult human such as taking care of my financial needs, my nutrition, my physical body, my mindfulness. On a more specific note, every day begins with a 15 minute yoga meditation, a card draw from an inspiring deck, and writing in my five-minute journal. This sets me up for a day of mindful work or whatever is on my plate.
How can you tell when you do need a bit more self-care in your life?
When I feel like I want to withdraw from calendar activities I check in with myself and determine if more self-care is needed.
When I am stressed out, my go-to self-care activity is:
Hands-down, shaking it out, my own dance party!
 
Most affordable and essential self-care tool that I can't live without:
My mind and body. Being able to tap in to my inner knowing of what I need is the ultimate tool that doesn’t cost a thing. All it takes is practice.
When I do splurge, it's on:
Knowledge. I love to learn and apply what I learn to myself before I share it with others. I walk my talk as a Life Coach.
My top 3 apps that I use for self-care:
  • Oura Ring- It keeps me informed of my sleep patterns, movement, and readiness.
  • Insight Timer App- The free version is wonderful with so many different guided meditations.
  • Five-Minute Journal- The format is precise, quick, and easy to put me in a gratitude, motivated, and reflective state of mind.
What is one tip or piece of advice related to self-care?
Self-care leads to self-acceptance and self-love. When we are truly in acceptance of ourselves and all that we are, there are no barriers that can hold us back.

 

 

Molly

@ paladin_design_house
What's your own definition of self-care?

Listening to my body and mind, and responding with healthy thoughts and behaviors to live a daily life as stress free and grounded as possible.

How do you currently take care of yourself?
I set realistic daily goals (parenting, household, work, personal etc) , try not to overbook myself with work or social commitments, eat healthy foods as much as I can, keep active, stay engaged in things that bring me joy, take care of my mind and body, and try not to get too hard on myself when things don't turn out as expected.
How can you tell when you do need a bit more self-care in your life?

When I start feeling stressed, I am easily distracted, procrastinate, and feel out of balance in all areas.  I have to step back and evaluate where I can jump back on healthy behaviors to get back into my groove.

When I am stressed out, my go-to self-care activity is:
REALIZING I AM STRESSED OUT.  Listening to myself and taking action accordingly.
 
Most affordable and essential self-care tool that I can't live without:
Coffee maker with a timer option.  I wouldn't let myself spend money for a while, and when my old coffee maker broke I finally realized how waking up to the smell of coffee is the best way to get out of bed.  It's like having a butler. (one that can't walk).
When I do splurge, it's on:
essential items (like a coat or shoes) that I will wear A LOT that bring me joy.  I tend to keep things for a long time, so making that purchase that will last a long time and will always makes me feel a bit polished is a win.
My top 3 tools that I use for self-care:
  • Google Calendar
  • Whatever book I am reading at the time
  • My face care routine.

If I am on schedule, allowing time to read and taking care of my skin....that's a win in my book.

What is one tip or piece of advice related to self-care?
Looking to others for their habits and routines is a healthy way to learn new options out there for self care.  But make sure not to judge yourself against others! We all have different paths before and after this moment, so our self care will always look different person to person.

 

 

Allison

@theabcmarket
What's your own definition of self-care?
Taking moments out of my day to reflect and pause to see how far I have come in life and business. Expressing gratitude is a big part of my self-care.
How do you currently take care of yourself?
I journal & read everyday.
How can you tell when you do need a bit more self-care in your life?
I get anxious & overwhelmed.
When I am stressed out, my go-to self-care activity is:
Spending time with my husband and I also like to curl my hair! It sounds odd but it a couple of minutes to myself curling my hair makes me happy!
 
Most affordable and essential self-care tool that I can't live without:
Books!!
When I do splurge, it's on:
Facials at Woodhouse Spa & going to the movies.
My top 3 apps/tools that I use for self-care:
My Bible app & journal
What is one tip or piece of advice related to self-care?
I think being able to understand when you get overwhelmed and that it is perfectly fine to want to take care of yourself.

MADE WITH LOVE AND CARE

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