I’ll just say it, making time for yourself is not easy. I’m the worst at scheduling time for me to take care of myself. All of the excuses seem so real. You know the ones that do start with, “I don’t” or “I can’t”.
Over the years, I’ve learned that what isn’t fair is my husband, kids, other family members, friends, and even co-workers not getting me at my best. Self care is so important to our physical and mental self. We must prioritize us. Or to say it best, you must prioritize you.
Going into quarantine, I had the achiever mindset to prioritize it all. Everything was labeled important and by week 10 I had lost me. I found myself with endless to-do lists, losing sleep, eating all the junk food, running on pure caffeine, and truly not taking any time for me.
You want to know what I didn’t prioritize? Me. It instantly took me back to an exercise I did with a prior manager years ago at an off site retreat. The exercise had us list the things most important to us. After, she asked us where we put ourselves on our list I realized I needed to prioritize me. I hadn’t listed myself. I was shocked that was even a thing. This time though, I shouldn’t be surprised or shocked. I should do better.
So, here I am. Prioritizing me. Getting my groove back. Being the best version of me. It all starts with a little self care. Below is my list of best self care ideas through COVID. These are also just great at home items to refuel and recharge yourself after a long work week, a stressful day, or a weekend relaxing at home.
- Spa Treatment
- Facial Mask or Scrub
- Nail Polish
- Deep Conditioner
- Bubble Bath
- Mind Therapy
- Read a good book
- Bullet Journaling
- Mind Mapping
- Write a letter
- Listen to music or podcast
- Take a walk
- 30 minute workout
- Take a run
- Treat yourself
- Hot tea or coffee
- Order something nice for yourself
- Take a nap
This list may not be things you enjoy but I hope they get your thoughts going on how you could spend time on you. Don’t forget how important you are and to prioritize you. It is the little things that can make a big difference.
*Exercise shared earlier. Write number 1-10 on a sheet of paper. At the top label the sheet “The 10 most important things to me”. Lastly, take no more than 2 minutes to write out those 10 things. Where did you list yourself?
Enjoy a little time for you! Because you are important. You deserve it. Take care of yourself.