Today I want to share with you 5 easy & doable life-changing self-care tips. These aren’t like others you have read about like going to the spa every chance you get or treating yourself to the newest Louis Vuitton. No, these are free, they are obtainable, and they are (mostly) effortless in that all you have to do is do them, and they work.
February, for many, is all about Valentine’s Day. In the past couple of years, I have tried to focus Valentine’s Day not only on loving others, but on loving myself. Part of self-love includes self-care. (If you want to know about me, Leslie W., you can go here.)
Self-care is “the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health,” according to the Google Dictionary. I love how the definition doesn’t say “physical health” or “mental health” – it just says “health.” That’s because self-care is all-inclusive of every type of health: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
BONUS: As a thank you for reading today, I am going to include a totally FREE self-care printable at the end of this blog post. This printable goes over the 5 tips I list here in a super easy to read format. I hope you enjoy it, friends!
5 Life-Changing Self-Care Tips | Easy & Doable Self-Care Tips
1. Early Morning “Me” Time
This one is easy, friends. Starting your day off with time for yourself is one of the best things you can do to achieve everything you want to achieve this year. It doesn’t have to be complicated: set your alarm to rise a mere 30 minutes before your child and take those minutes to take a quick shower, get ready for the day, write in your journal, and sip coffee completely silently and at peace. It makes a huge difference in your mental health and overall attitude throughout the day!
2. Get Active Once A Day
All it takes is 20-30 minutes of your day. That’s it. Make it a point to do something active at least once a day. This could mean going for a walk with your child (strolling or otherwise), doing a 10 minute at-home workout while your child naps, or aiming for 2,500 extra steps a day. It doesn’t have to take long & it doesn’t have to be a “workout,” you just need to get in some active time. The biggest reason for this, other than the physical health benefits? Activity increases serotonin which makes you feel good.
3. Read One Book A Month
Reading one book a month is so much easier than it seems. Read during the evening’s quiet hours, or in car pickup line. Read as you’re going to sleep, or first thing in the morning. Read any time you have spare time. Reading does great things for our bodies including providing mental stimulation, stress reduction, and improved focus and concentration! Not to mention, it gives us joy. If you like audio books, you should check out Audible by Amazon. They are an excellent source for listening on the go!
4. Budget & Save For Something You Really Want
This is probably the easiest (debatable!) one of all, in that all you have to do is determine what you want to save for and then not spend money in order to save said money. Is that Louis Vuitton bag calling your name? Are you really wanting and needing a girl’s weekend in Tahoe? Start budgeting and saving a little each payday (hello cash envelopes!) for the things you truly want to do and need to do for your own sanity and overall life satisfaction. The time is now. The pleasure you will get from actually saving the money for this thing will bring you immense joy & confidence. If you are interested in seeing how I budget, check out my YouTube video here and also check out The Budget Mom here.
5. Take The Leap
Friends, I’ve saved the best for last. Let’s face it: we all have dreams. Dreams that have yet to come to fruition. But guess what? Now is as good a time as any. Life is too short to not do what you love – or to not at least try. Always wanted to write a memoir? Start now! Want to try out for that little theatre play? Do it! Always thought you’d be good at dancing? See if you are! Life is too short to not chase after your dreams. Mom or not. Period. (Stay tuned later this month for a blog post that will go further into the topic of following your dreams.)
Well friends, that’s all for my 5 Life-Changing Self-Care tips. I assure you – if you actually do these, they will change your life. Start with just one – baby steps – and see how you do and how you feel.
Make sure you let me know in the comments below which one you are most excited to implement this month.
As promised, go here to get your FREE self-care tips printable. I know you will love it! Also, check out my last blog post by going here. I talk all about my current favorite things! There’s still time to enter my February Valentine’s Day Giveaway by going here or here.
Thanks so much for reading, and as always, take care.