How to Start a Self-Care Routine

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Taking care of yourself is so important to do in order to optimize your life. It is a wide-ranging concept that encompasses all areas of health. That means it includes doing things for yourself that will benefit your physical, spiritual, emotional, AND mental well-being. When life gets hectic and overwhelming, it is very easy to forget to take care of yourself. It happens to so many people so don’t feel too bad if you are somebody that tends to throw self-care on the back burner. In this blog post I will help you to brainstorm some things you should try to do regularly for your well-being because it is imperative that you don’t neglect yourself – it’ll only limit how well you can perform in your daily life!

Essentially, anything that makes you feel well is self-care. So to start, I suggest you make a list of activities that you know make you feel good all around. You could also include in this list anything you can think of that is missing from your current life in which you feel will benefit you if you began to do more of it. Consider how you are feeling right now. Are you stressed, sore, or tired? If so, try brainstorming some activities that will alleviate those symptoms.

Next, I’d like you to choose from that list what you think is the most important. Which of the activities do you feel has the most substantial impact on how you feel overall? Those are the things you should prioritize, considering it is impractical to try to incorporate every single one of the listed activities on a regular basis.

After you do this, you need to examine your current schedule and figure out the best times to fit these activities in. Setting aside even 20-30 minutes is all you really need. It may take some experimenting to find what time of day works best for you but eventually you will figure it out and get used to regularly incorporating self-care practices into your schedule.

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Above is a self-care wheel that lists a ton of different ideas for you to do that benefit various areas of your health. When I came across this, I personally found it to be very useful and just had to share it with you all.

Since I’ve always struggled with my self-image, doing things that will benefit my appearance is something that’s important to me, given it makes me feel better about myself. Two of the things that I like to do are face masks and whitening my teeth. I’m someone who naturally has very sensitive skin so I tend to break out easily. If it’s a hot day and my face gets oily or I’m working out and I get sweaty, my skin automatically acts up. Therefore, I try my best to keep it looking clear and healthy. Also, who doesn’t like a glowing smile?! When I whiten my teeth, it makes me feel more confident and want to smile more often.

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The face mask I’m using in the above picture is an all-natural ionic clay mask made by the brand Botanics. It is meant to provide a thorough cleansing of the skin to remove deep-rooted impurities. It is made with sea silt and willow bark extract, which is a natural source of salicylic acid, and is formulated without any parabens.

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In this picture, I’m using a teeth-whitening kit that I got from a company called White with Style. The one that I have is peroxide free in order to avoid tooth sensitivity or gum irritation but it still works like a charm! The kit comes with two plastic trays that you can mold to the shape of your teeth by first heating them up in hot water, a syringe filled with the teeth whitening gel (which comes in a variety of flavors), and a blue LED light that activates the gel. It even has a tooth whitening shade guide so you can track your progress!

These are just two examples of self-care routines I enjoy doing for my physical and mental health but I have others that are geared towards different areas of my well-being! I suggest that you make sure to do any activities that make you feel good about yourself as well.

Bottom line, self-care is something everyone should practice, as it will only benefit you in the long run!

∼Taylor ♥ xoxo

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