“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” -Aristotle
Welcome to Day 7! I very much hope that you have enjoyed exploring and hacking self-care. What an amazing way to honor yourself. Thus far we have explored what self-care means to you, why gratitude is an integral part of self-care, how sleep is critical to all things, that FUN is a necessary part of life and that planning time for it all is what helps us make habit changes. The last factor to consider in making your new self-care habits stick is implementing them consistently.
First – Write it down – This goes back to yesterdays tip on planning. You have to write out the self-care you are implementing, the fun, the gratitude. List out what self-care you want to accomplish for the week and connect with why you are making this change. Really think about where you could end up if you don’t take care of yourself. If you feel like it’s selfish, or that you don’t have time to set aside this time for yourself, consider how much time an illness or injury would take up. I am a perfect example of this. I didn’t slow down, or take care of myself because ‘I don’t have time’. Well two back surgeries later I have learned to slow down and make time for myself and the things that are important to me.
Second – Get support – You can always connect with me for accountability on Facebook or Instagram! I am changing my habits little by little to! I also encourage you to share your goals with friends and family who will be supportive. Tell them what your new habits are and when you will be doing them so that you have support and accountability. Put it out there that you are doing a ‘challenge’ and want to accomplish 30, 60 or 90 days of self-care. Because guess what we are starting 2-20-17? That’s right. 30 Days of Self-Care.
Third- Create Space- Literally, make the time and space for your habits. Decide where and when you will engage in your self-care. For me I like to do an evening meditation after having a cup of Detox Tea. It Looks like this….my cell phone evening alarm (it sounds like crickets) goes off at 9:30 and I go make tea, as it’s cooling I wash my face and straighten up what I had been working on so it’s all wrapped up. I sit down and have my tea with my planner and go over the top three priorities for the next day. When I finish my tea I grab my Muse brain wave scanning meditation band and settle into a corner of the couch to meditate. The lights are turned down and this helps me really quiet my mind before bed. When I finish my time I brush my teeth and head to bed. Sometimes I read or listen to an audio book, sometimes I just head to sleep, sometimes its time for my husband and I to chat and catch up. This is my ideal evening, sometimes the kids aren’t feeling well and aren’t sleeping, sometimes work has to be completed, the point is not to be perfect but to always have that routine to get back to even if you miss a day or two.
Bonus– Join the 30 Days of Self-Care challenge! Starting on 2-20-17 we will be doing a 30 days of self-care challenge. What do you have to do for the challenge? Pick 3 Daily Self-Care Habits you want to complete each day, then pick 3 weekly Self-Care habits that you want to complete each week and track them. What you will have at the end of the 30 Days are some awesome new habits that you can feel awesome about completing. Download the Tracker or track in your Planner. Check in on Facebook with how you are doing and for Tips, Tricks and Hacks to keep you going!!! I will also be doing Facebook Lives to help support this challenge on Thursdays! Lets hack some Self-Care to create your better life.