6 practical ways to practice self care - Caitlin De Lay Blog

6 practical ways to practice self-care

In all the of the busyness of life, it’s so important to take a step back and make sure you are taking care of your health.

I’m a firm believer that you need to be filled up before you can effectively pour yourself into your job and relationships.

I’m going into my third year of working the night shift in the hospital. While I love the workflow at nights, it makes the rest of my “normal” life pretty difficult. It’s easy to feel disconnected, exhausted, and moody.

I thought I would share some of my favorite ways to practice self-care to keep myself feeling refreshed and mentally healthy.

Keep in mind, what works for me may not work for you, and that’s okay!

ways to practice self care

1. check your personal hygiene.

This one probably seems really obvious, but just taking a shower, washing my hair, and shaving my legs works wonders!

You could also consider getting your hair colored or trimmed, scheduling a manicure or pedicure, or getting your eyebrows waxed (life-changing).

It may be as simple as taking some time to put on a little makeup and change out of your PJ’s to start off your day.

2. practice meditation.

Whether you’re a person of faith or not, meditation can be so healthy and helps improve anxiety and stress. I’m very committed to my faith so when I’m feeling “off” in any way this is typically the first thing I turn to.

I love to start off my day by reading a devotional, taking time to pray and getting into a mindset of gratitude. I make it a point to set aside my phone and shut off all electronic devices while I do this.

It totally sets the tone for the rest of my day and puts me in a clear headspace.

The devotional I’m going through right now is 100 Days to Brave. I totally recommend!

6 practical ways to practice self care

3. do something you love.

I love taking walks, plant shopping, trying out a new coffee shop, or just meandering through cute stores downtown.

Getting fresh air can be super helpful too. One of my daily rituals is sitting on our balcony and taking my time sipping my morning coffee.

Whether it’s cooking, knitting, laying on the beach, shopping or whatever, do something you truly enjoy.

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practical ways to practice self-care

4. eat a healthy meal.

Another practical way to practice self-care is to check what you’re putting in your body. If I’m feeling like I’ve been neglecting myself I try to start my day off with a  healthy balanced breakfast.

Also, try to be intentional throughout the day about eating more fresh foods, getting extra protein, and drinking plenty of water.

5. clean up your space.

Never underestimate how much your environment influences how you feel internally.

Cleaning my house gives me a new perspective on life. It makes me feel like I have my life together.

I find it helpful to start each day by making my bed. It’s a good way to feel productive right away and makes my space feel tidied up. I’m also more likely to go through the rest of my house and clean up if I start with making the bed.

6. try traditional self-care.

One of my favorite ways to practice self-care is pretty traditional. I don’t get to do this all the time, but I love taking baths in the evening or doing skin treatments. I listen to calming music, use bath salts, and sip some wine. It works wonders!

You could also try getting a massage, facial, or going to the spa for a day.

Drop a comment below and tell me some of your favorite ways to practice self-care!

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