Another Monday, another set of weekly goals and probably another long groan of sheer exhaustion. The year is drawing to a close and trust me, I am feeling this year. There has been a lot of tears and prayer ad I am finally starting to see answers. The wait has been long, ad for some things I may have to keep waiting longer, but finally, I see a new thing. But this also means I am working on high gear, which means that my already tired self just became even more exhausted and therefore, I decided to try my long abandoned self-care routine. I’ll share with you the simple things I do to feel more rejuvenated, rested and start my creative juices flowing once more.
My Self-care routine always starts with some really, really good music. Depending on my mood, I either do an upbeat, dance session or go for a mellow(but still cheerful) vibe. The key is to keep your lyrics positive and to lift your spirit. Praise and worship is a good way to start. Music has so much power and it will help the stress lift off and your heart open.
2. Prayer and Meditation:
I go through my devotion like wild fire on some days because I want to just get it done, which is bad, I know. But that is why I schedule an in depth time for devotion, meditation and prayer in my self-care routine. This is because my spirit is running at whatever speed I have set my body to run and even faster. So I turn off the noise, read a small passage of scripture( so that I focus more on understanding and listening than just finishing the long reading) and then I spend 10-15 minutes just meditating on the word, asking God to reveal Himself through it and letting Him interpret it for me. After that I start to pray, nothing religious, just an actual conversation with God; real, raw, deep. I let my worries go,fears and sins go and accept His peace, forgiveness and strength. Try this next time you start your self care routine and see how much better your day, week and life goes after that.
PRO TIP: make this a regular thing[weekly, biweekly] so that your spirit is constantly nourished even if your body is wasting away.
3. Get in a serious sweat sesh:
Now, many times when life gets busy two things always get neglected first: your spiritual life and your physical fitness. To regain balance and refresh yourself, get a workout in for your self care time. Try something that gets your heart racing, your blood pumping faster and enables you to leave it all on that floor. Kickboxing, cycling, running,HIIT, and dancing are some of the simplest yet most challenging ways to work out and there are so many of these workouts available online so get on it, no excuses.
If you have been working out regularly the use that set time for self care to kick it up a notch; increase the intensity, time, repetitions or intervals so that you really work your body over.
4. Do a full skin care routine:
Many of us do the basics each morning(and hopefully evening too); wash, moisturize. A select few manage to tone and exfoliate. I have found that when my skin feels clean, soft and smooth, I immediately feel 20 times better than I did. It’s not just a basic shower, this is like a shower hour, with moderate use of water(#savetheplanet). Get in there and steam, scrub, wash, shave, pluck, trim, shape and clean every inch of your body. Then finish off with a nice and slow moisturizing session where you don’t skip any part, especially your elbows.
5. Spend quality time with mother nature:
I know you have been neglecting her and thus missing out on seeing all of God’s beautiful creation. Go outside and actually spend time there doing nothing but enjoying the view and breathing fresh air. By outside I mean into nature, not the concrete jungle. Go to the park, arboretum, forest, ocean, caves etc and just clean out your lungs and have a quiet and refreshing time. It is truly relaxing.
If you get easily bored, add a fun and relaxing outdoor activity, you ca even invite friends. Try biking, hiking, mountain climbing, team sports, nature trails, hunting, swimming, sky diving, bungee jumping, rafting/canoeing, jet skiing or any other activity that challenges you and gets your blood pumping.
6. Kiss social media goodbye:
Not permanently, although if it is more toxic than helpful then by all means, but for that allocated time. In fact you can decide to not access any social media for 1-3 days every week so that you do less chitchat, scrolling, comparing, criticizing, hating, self-loathing and generally negative stuff and focus on spending your energy on the positive stuff.
7. Take a road trip:
This doesn’t have to be planned or even far, just a small trip to a beautiful place or even just to sight-see along the way and then come back home. Visit relatives who live farther off, try a restaurant that is in another county, visit a park across the city, take a weekend to go to the beach. Road trips don’t have to be elaborate and involve too much planning, just drive around enough for your mind to have time to recuperate.
8. Binge on a series:
Now this can mean watching re-runs on TV, finally getting to that series you saved as ‘watch later’ on your Netflix or getting out your fav book series and just getting lost in the pages. This is to help you zone out for a couple of hours(48?) and just entertain yourself because entertainment in small and moral doses is a great way to help yourself out.
Whether it is at a homeless shelter, a children’s home, your church or going for a missions trip, helping others is the best way to help yourself at times. Ensure that this act is truly self-less and your heart is cheerful and your soul is right so that you get the full benefits of this experience. Putting others genuinely first is a form of self-care that may forget. Don’t do it for the praise, because they asked or because you secretly hope someone will notice, instead do it out of a genuine love for humanity and a need to share God’s love with others. You’ll be surprised how much better you feel after you put a smile on another person’s face.
10. Eat a great meal:
Have you ever been so busy you forget to eat? Or you take a cup of yogurt and a poor excuse of a fruit and call it a meal? Or have you ever just eaten basic food and left overs for a long time because your life was going at the speed of a bullet train? Then the nest self-care for you a a good meal. If you ca’t cook, then treat yourself to some great food from your favorite restaurant. But if you can cook, well, the world is your oyster. Go online and get amazing recipes, get the ingredients and have a nice relaxed session of preparing good food from the comfort of your home and the eat it at a slow, leisurely pace.
Sleep is so underrated. When I get busy, my sleeping schedule gets messed up; I stay awake late, I wake up at odd hours, I don’t sleep well or I don’t sleep at all. So as part of my self-care routine, I set aside a solid 10 hours to get deep, uninterrupted sleep. Sleeping well helps curb cravings, deal with mood swings, take care of exhaustion, refresh your brain and just give your body a break for a minute. So get more than a wink of sleep often and see the huge difference it makes.
Try these and personalize them for your own self-care routine. You can do one at a time, several or just turn it into a self-care weekend and do all the above. Do you have any self care routines that are not mentioned above? Share them in the comment section below. Like and subscribe if this helped you and definitely share this with your friends to better their lives. Stay woke. Love and light to all you fellow sojourners.
Hey there! I am Makenah, a passionate believer, writer, avid reader, poetess, wannabe globetrotter and amateur programmer. I enjoy dancing, listening to music, reading, cooking, travelling and eating.
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