Making Time for Self Care

Kelly Richey Healing ArtsSome of the most common reported barriers to practicing Self-Care are a lack of energy or time,  lack of financial ability or those feelings of selfishness or guilt that we talked about in the last article.

But Self-Care doesn’t need to be time-consuming, draining, or even expensive in order to be effective. Self-Care can be simple as showing yourself some love and kindness.

If you find that you lack the time or simply can’t remember to fit in your Self-Care practices during the day, it’s time to start scheduling them in! Seriously – grab a pen, make it permanent, and write it down. Make it a non-negotiable. If you don’t block off the time for yourself now, then you’ll end up filling it with something else later. It doesn’t have to be a whole afternoon or even an hour at a time – find 15-20 minutes in your day that you can dedicate to yourself and your Self-Care.

Turn your daily habits into Self-Care

You can also turn your daily habits into Self-Care if you so choose. For example, you can mindfully go through your skincare routine. Your skincare routine is something you do everyday anyway, why not make it something you enjoy doing? Take it slow. Deeply breathe in the natural scents of your products. Slowly and gently massage them into your skin. Mix up a special face mask. Lie down and focus on deep, rhythmic belly breathing. Turn what is a mundane daily ritual into a Self-Care Experience.

I might be met with some opposition on this one, but housework can be Self-Care, too. Get a load of laundry done, clean out the junk drawer in the kitchen or go through your closet and get rid of clothing you haven’t worn in years. Look over that to-do list of yours and commit to complete one of the things you’ve been putting off. These might not be the most “fun” ways to practice Self-Care, but chances are you’ll feel better when you’re finished.

The more you practice Self-Care, the easier it will come. You can fit self-care into your schedule, no matter how busy you are, by simply deciding that it’s a priority for you.

Making Self-Care a priority is just one of the topics we discuss in our program Self-Care Providers present, The Power of Self-Care Six-Part Series. This program, offered as an add-on to Lunch & Learns, is available as a half-day or full-day program, and can be tailored for team building or individual personal growth.

Gain a greater sense of purpose and self-worth

Journey with us to a greater sense of purpose and self-worth. Our Restorative Workshops incorporate various aspects of life coaching, health & wellness, inspirational topics, personal development, yoga, journaling, mindfulness practices, and of course: self-care for relaxation and renewal. You do not need to be experienced in any of these components– our workshops are designed to meet each person’s needs. We always meet you where you are. We create the ultimate atmosphere for a reflective, empowering, and refreshing experience.

We are here to help you to identify your main challenge, define your desired outcome, reframe your current struggles, and envision your life with an achievable and sustainable, daily self-care practice. You will learn simple exercises that help soothe your nervous system, help quiet your mind, and invite you to release deeply held tension.

Power of Self-Care PresentationCarry Your Light into the World

We share practical ways to overcome burnout in the workplace and at home, These workshops provide participants with a simple yet powerful “Self-Care Toolkit,” that uses one-minute exercises that can be done throughout your day. You’ll discover how small steps can lead to big results. Core themes offered include: The Power of Self-Care, Learning to Love Ourselves, Self Care – Is an Act of Love, What Do Our Stories Have to Say, Our Gifts Are Sacred Treasures, Living Into Our Dreams, I Carry My Light into the World.

Regularly taking time for yourself, to refresh your body, mind, and soul is what self-care is really all about. Stay tuned for the final installment of this 5-Part Series: The Best Health-Care is Self-Care Part 5: Self Care Doesn’t Mean Self-Comfort.

One Breath, One Stretch, One Affirmation…at a time.