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How to practice self-care on a daily basis

It’s easy to get caught up in our routine and endless to-do lists. Practicing self-care on a day-to-day basis should be a priority to avoid feeling tired, drained and run down. Find out the 8 ways you can practice self-care on a daily basis, some don’t even take any time at all! 

Isn’t it funny that even though we might know something, we don’t do it? For example, you know you shouldn’t be on your phone before bed, and yet, here we are, at 11:30 P.M. scrolling through Twitter (guilty!).

Even though I know what I SHOULD be doing to practice self-care on a daily basis, there’s a stronger pull towards working on my goals and my to-do list. But this has gotten me into trouble a lot lately.

If you read my previous post about managing anxiety, then you know that I’ve been in a cycle where I push myself beyond my limits by going to the gym even though I should probably go home and rest, or going to bed too late because I want to work on the blog just a few more minutes.

Yes, I need to work on that. And even though I know part of the root cause of why I over-do it all the time, I haven’t been able to crack the code on how to overcome the emotional aspect of it.

In the meantime, I’m going to be more mindful about consistently practicing self-care on a daily basis. I’ve committed to it, so it’s happening (again). So far, it’s been going well, and the funny thing is that the minute I implement these steps, I notice a significant difference in how I’m feeling physically and emotionally.

My sleep is more restful, I don’t feel like I’m holding my breath all the time or holding tension in my shoulders. I’m able to stay more level headed when something ‘bad’ happens and I’m more able to go with the flow and not get worked up if I don’t have my weekend planned to the hour (because yes, when I get stressed out, I need to control what I can, which includes my schedule…I know, I sound like a maniac).

Here are the daily self-care practices you should implement every day but that have a big long-term impact on your mental and physical health. Show yourself some self-love and find the self-care practices that work best for YOU and commit to them on a daily basis. Consistency is key!

{ Self-care tip #1 | Spend extra time on how you look }

Let’s get back to basics: when I put effort into how I look, I instantly feel better. It’s a ‘fake it until you make it’ mentality. Self-care is both external and internal. How you feel on the outside will affect how you feel on the inside and vice versa.

If you are wearing an outfit that makes you feel confident and pretty, how will you stand, behave, feel? My bet is that you will feel damn good about yourself and you will have a little pep in your step, which will help you feel better about yourself.

What I’ve noticed about self-care is that everything is linked. Start with one thing and there’s a domino effect; you will start implementing other self-care practices and it will drastically impact how you’re feeling in the long-term. Try it out tomorrow and let me know how it goes!

{ Self-care tip #2 | Take deep breaths throughout the day }

This is something that I consistently write in my Habit Tracker because it’s an easy, on-the-go habit that calms me instantly.

I like to be in ‘preparation’ rather than ‘reaction’ mode. I don’t want to wait until I’m stressed out of my mind to practice deep breaths, but rather take deep breaths throughout the day so that I can feel the cleansing, calming and soothing effects it can have.

This self-care practice has become a habit. I find myself automatically deep breathing when I start feeling a bit stressed about something and it instantly helps me bring myself back in the moment, it brings oxygen to my brain to help me think more clearly and rationally about the situation.

** Bonus Tip ** Let’s try it together right now – take a deep and slow inhale, hold your breath for at least 5-8 seconds, and then exhale slowly. Repeat once or twice. How do you feel? Did focusing on your breath help you bring yourself back in the moment?

{ Self-care tip #3 | Be active & get your body moving }

I’ve become one of those people that needs to get a good sweat out to feel better. One of my favourite things to do on a Friday after work is to hit the gym so that I can leave all the built up energy from the week and step into the weekend feeling lighter (both physically and metaphorically!).

But I know that I tend to over-do it. There were times where I was EXHAUSTED or was too sick and I should have gone home. And yet there I was, lifting weights at the gym, which really, is just plain stupid because I need to give my body some rest.

So instead of pushing myself constantly to go to the gym, a way to practice self-care every day is to make sure that I’m moving. I have a weekly objective for the gym, and if I’m too tired, I make sure that I’m walking enough and moving enough, which can simply mean a quiet yoga session at home.

Being aware of what your body needs is an important component of self-care because you don’t want to constantly deplete your physical energy. As long as you’re getting a minimum amount of movement, it’s okay to take a break and just go home to rest.

{ Self-care tip #4 | Eat well }

When I eat well, I feel better. There’s no going around it. Yes, an occasional splurge is always great – who doesn’t love a good pancake drowning in maple syrup or Nutella? I know I do!

But generally speaking, the better I eat, the better I feel on the inside – I can feel my body working better, I feel less sluggish. I can feel that the food I’m eating is fuelling me.

Practice self-care every day means being aware of what you’re putting in your body and how it’s making you feel. I know the foods that make me feel sluggish and bloated so I generally avoid them. Since following the Body Love Approach, I’ve figured out what works best for me when it comes to breakfast and I’m still learning how I like to ‘build’ my meals so that I feel satisfied without being left hungry (or should I say hANGRY).

A balanced diet will be different for every person so just take the time to figure it out and for goodness sake, don’t do what I do and put unnecessary pressure on yourself! Life is about a balance, listening to your body and enjoying food instead of feeling guilty about it.

{ Self-care tip #5 | Positive self-talk }

I’m very hard on myself. I don’t allow myself to make mistakes or to deviate from a plan. But constantly being hard on myself, talking down if I don’t do something or if I haven’t made the progress that I want or not completing my to-do list… I mean… what the heck is the point of THAT?!

Practicing positive self-talk is an important part of self-care because it will determine how you will care for yourself. If you’re tired and you need to go home rest, will you be able to really to rest if the whole time you’re feeling guilty and telling yourself you should be at the gym instead? (Real talk cuz that’s what I do sometimes…ok oftentimes).

Positive self-talk means first being honest about how you’re feeling, acknowledging your own emotions, working through them and then finding an appropriate solution to the issue.

It excludes any negative words and judgment on yourself, but really trying to get an unbiased view on the situation so that you can figure out what you need to do right now to feel better and what you can change for the future to avoid the same thing from occurring again.

Going back to the example of the gym: instead of feeling guilty that I didn’t go to the gym and went home, wouldn’t it be so much better if instead I acknowledged that I’m physically (and maybe emotionally) too tired to have a good workout and that I would benefit more from going home, taking a nap and doing a light yoga session instead? And in the meantime, making sure that I’m eating healthy so that I stay on track with my health goals. Doesn’t that sound so much better than insulting myself?! (and yet here I am, still doing that sometimes. Oups!).

{ Self-care tip #6 | Taking time to reflect }

A big part of self-care is to make the time to reflect on your progress. It doesn’t have to take more than 5 minutes, but there’s a lot of benefit to taking a few moments and looking back on your day because it’s fresh in your memory.

Ask yourself questions: How did you feel today? Were you mindful? Did you feel happy and centered? What made you feel stressed? Are you physically and/or emotionally tired? What are the positive habits that you practiced today? How can you do better tomorrow? What can you do to take care of yourself for a few minutes? What will make you feel better? Can you schedule some self-care time in the next few days?

All these questions are important because you will learn more about yourself, what self-care practices have an impact and which ones don’t, and you’ll start being more aware of your stress triggers and figure out how you can be better prepared to handle them.

{ Self-care tip #7 | Me-time }

“Me-time” is taking a moment where I can tune out and do something mindless or something that helps me feel inspired and empowered.

Again, if you take time to reflect on what YOU need to include in daily self-care practice, you will learn what are the activities and habits that help you decompress.

Depending on my mood, me-time can be putting YouTube in the background and browsing Pinterest or Bloglovin’ and catching up on my favourite bloggers. It can mean listening to music and working on my Bullet Journal, or going out with my hubby and having quality time together. Regardless of what it is, determine what you enjoy doing and helps you relax and schedule it every day, even if it’s 5 minutes.

{ Self-care tip #8 | Meditation }

I was on a good roll with meditating every day but I kinda got off track and I haven’t been able to be consistent with it. It felt like too much of a commitment.

Until I realized that meditation comes in many forms. Meditation is to be in the present moment and being able to be with your thoughts. I take moments like washing dishes or cooking as moments where I can meditate in silence. I am mindful of what I’m doing and try to be in the present – I’m not thinking about my to-do list for the evening or what happened at work that day. I simply focus on the task at hand.

The next step that I just added recently in my daily self-case routine is to listen to nighttime meditation stories on the Calm App. This has helped me tremendously in fall asleep within 10 minutes but also having more restful sleep. This is a habit that I’m going to keep up because it has had a huge impact on my energy levels which then in turns helps my emotional management! Told you, they’re all connected.

{ Self-Love Lesson }

Invest time in yourself and create an effective self-care routine that you practice on a daily basis. You will see instant and long-term benefits.

When you take care of yourself, you are showing self-love because you are prioritizing your well-being, which will give you more physical, emotional and mental energy to work on your goals and take care of others.

How to practice self-care on a daily basis

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40 Comments

Deanna

I totally agree, “faking it until you make it” is actually a good rule of thumb. I’ve had days where my depression is super intense so I’ve been a hermit and bummed around and I always feel worse for it. I try to get ready as soon as I’m awake, make myself presentable, use some of my favourite products, and it really does a lot to improve my moods. Great tips!

Deanna
http://www.luxandvitae.com

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Sepideh

Those days aren’t easy but if you push through and stick to your routine and self-care habits, it really helps a LOT! But then there’s also a balance where you might just need to curl up on the couch and watch Netflix, which is okay too! <3

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Nichole

These are great tips! I think it’s important to have balance, for me especially. I think staying active would really help. I keep making myself try to accomplish 800+ things a day and forget about taking care of myself. Great reminder 🙂

xo nichole / thedailypursuit

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Sepideh

Happy that you enjoyed it Nichole! I think we all need the daily reminder to prioritize self-care. Staying active is also one of my favourite ways to take care of myself!!

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Kristen

Yes yes yes! I completely agree with these self-care tips! Especially spending more time getting ready and taking deep breaths throughout the day! I’ve been trying to do both of these recently and it has helped a lot 🙂

Also, lots and lots of yoga always keeps me calm!

Kristen | http://www.sophisticatedgal.com

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Sepideh

That’s great to hear Kristen!! Isn’t amazing how easy it can be to instantly feel better?! And I love yoga! I need to do more of it!!

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Kiara

I love these tips you have here. Ummm fortunate enough to have a job where I do walk quite a bit each day, so it’s nice to move around throughout the day. I also find doing my hair and makeup alway makes me feel good along with eating well. But I would like to work on breathing exercises and meditation more; and positive self talk. Needless to say, there’s always room for growth!

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Sepideh

Sounds like you’re already on the right path Kiara because you know the things that already help! So keep on doing that and try to start incorporating breath work!

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Leslie Soto

These are such great tips! I truly believe that how you look on the outside changes how you feel on the inside that’s why I do my hair and make up everyday, even if i’m putting on yoga pants and working at home.

I’ve recently started doing deep breathing more lately and it helps so much! It’s pretty amazing and powerful that something as simple as breathing can change us and make us take better care of ourselves.

I’ll need these reminders often so I pinned them on my bloggers inspiration board. @Peaches_Willow.

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Sepideh

The instant effects of breath work is INCREDIBLE!!!! I’m at a point where I do it without thinking!!

And thanks for pinning <3

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Latonya

Wonderful tips and reminders! I enjoy exercising, taking moments to think and read, and shaving my legs as part of my self-care ritual.

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Mistle

All great tips!! Practicing self care is so important. I am all about some me time when I get the chance to have it. Working out always makes me feel better too!

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Sepideh

Me-time is great!! I try to carve out even 5 minutes every day to just wind down and reflect on how my day went and how I was feeling.

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Anonymous

Great tips! I feel like I live by these – so much is focused on being busy now days a lot of people lack in the self-care department.

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Sepideh

Definitely!! And I think we need to be intentional about how often we practice self-care but also HOW because it can be as simple as breathing deeply throughout the day!

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Joanna

Great tips! I feel like I live by these – so much is focused on being busy now days a lot of people lack in the self-care department. (previous comment was me, forgot to put my name!)

http://www.joannapop.com

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Marie Ndiaye

I love this list. One of my resolutions for 2018 is going to be putting self care on the forefront!

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Sepideh

That’s great Marie!!! Set specific ways that you want to practice self-care and be consistent with it until it becomes a habit <3

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Carolina

I always forget to take deep breaths during the day. Just by reading your blog post and breathing deeply I felt a little bit more relaxed. Thanks for sharing your tips! 😀

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Sepideh

That’s awesome Carolina!!!! Your comment made me smile!!! (I also reminded myself to breathe deeply as I’m reading your comment!)

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Gabby

Self care is so important! I always do better when I set aside time to check in with myself and take care of my own needs.

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Laura @ The Mindful Mom Blographer

Great tips! I try to include all of these in my self-care routines. I find that if I start slipping on one (example eating well) then my exercise starts to slip, and so on. More motivation to stick with it!

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Sepideh

Oh yes, it can be a slipper slope! The same way that doing one will encourage you to continue with the others. It just takes discipline and building a habit <3

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Deanna

First of all I love that little infographic you made! #goals it’s so cute! Second, you know I’m all about self care so I absolutely LOVE this post and how you depth you got with each tip. I love how you mentioned positive self talk because I think we seem to forget that it’s actually part of self care. We have to be nice to ourselves 🙂 I personally want to work on incorporating meditation into my days more and I think I’ve been putting it off for the same reason you said you weren’t consistent with it. So i love how you said meditation really doesn’t have to complicated and time consuming. So true!

Dee // http://www.morningcoffeewithdee.com

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Sepideh

Awwww thanks Dee!! I’m glad you liked the infographics!! (I wasn’t sure if it was useful so that’s great feedback!)

I want to meditate more often too! <3

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Lisa

I do yoga at least once a day, it forces me to slow down and focus on my breathing, relaxation and exercise all in one, which in turn keeps my body and mind healthy! Love your post, pinned it so I can refer back to it and use these suggestions to take care of myself.

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Olga

I love these tips and I try to follow them all. I’m having a hard time with the eating part at the moment and finding me time, but I’m slowly building it!

Love,
Olga from Myme

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Sepideh

At least you’re aware of what you want to work on Olga, that’s already a great start! Just stay patient and consistent and you’ll get better with time! <3

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Kate @ Layered Indulgence

I love, love, love all of these tips! They’re all so important to keep in mind on a daily basis. I especially love the reminder to take deep breaths. It feels SO good to do this and can totally change how you’re feeling if you start to feel anxious or overwhelmed!

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Melanie

YESSS!! I especially resonate with the positive self talk and taking the time to reflect. It’s only this year that I started making a conscious effort to practice positive self talk and celebrate the small wins. As a super ambitious introvert, I tend to be very hard on myself and I never thought anything I did was good enough. These two tips are SO important for self care but also for good mental health. Thanks so much for writing this post, loved it!

~ Melanie
http://www.imagineyou.co.za/

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Sepideh

That’s so lovely to hear Melanie!! Thank you for the encouraging words! And it makes me happy to hear that you have been more conscious about positive self-talk! I’m still working on quieting my inner b*tch but it’s getting better and like you said, it’s so important to recognize our own progress !

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Sepideh

Such a good point Elise – we are so busy it’s easy to get caught up and just go-go-go. It’s so important to stop and talk to ourselves in a positive and encouraging and kind manner!

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