“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” – JOHN C MAXWELL
Temperatures have dipped, signaling that autumn has arrived! The new season is filled with changes, from colorful foliage to shorter days. As you transition your schedule from the leisurely days of summer and vacations into the busyness of fall and holiday prep, this is the perfect time to re-prioritize your daily self-care routine, too.
As women, we all lead busy lives—work, family, keeping the house in order—and often forget to make time for ourselves. A self-care routine is an intentional mini-break that helps you focus on you, wherever you are. Over time, this routine can help you create habits to improve your health, happiness and general outlook on life.
Creating a self-care routine is easy. Subtle changes will help you feel happier and more peaceful. Here are five tips to get you started.
Keep it simple. Start small and begin with just 5-10 minutes each day. Don’t try a whole new routine all at once. Focus on just one new habit at a time to give yourself the best chance for success.
Schedule it. Just saying you’re going to take care of yourself isn’t enough. Decide when you’d like to start and put it in your planner. Then schedule the activity on a consistent basis until it becomes second nature. It may help to tell your loved ones, to rally their support and help you stay accountable.
Unplug. For a self-care routine to be effective, you need to be deliberate and mindful of the act, so no multi-tasking. Set aside time when there will be no TV, no phones, no computers, no interruptions.
Stay positive. You know the conversations in your head? Start listening. Negative thoughts can derail your goals. Replace thoughts such as “relaxation is unproductive and wasted time” with positive ones like, “I’m relaxing so I can free my mind to be more creative and feel happier, for myself and for my family.”
Be flexible. Choose something you enjoy, something that makes you feel relaxed, and establish your routine. If the activity starts to feel like a burden, give yourself permission to try something else.
Unsure where to start? Spend a few minutes on the phone with a friend and brainstorm together. Here are a few ideas to give you a boost.
Self-care is an important part of living a healthy, happy life. It can help you be more productive and avoid burnout. If you can’t do it for yourself, do it for those who rely on you, such as your family, coworkers or even your pets.
Interested in more easy self-care ideas? Download our checklist: 21 Ways To Fit Self-Care Into Your Daily Routine.
This post was originally published on the Eco Chick blog.
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