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This post shows 5 holistic factors that will help you create the best personal self-care routine. Also, included are free Self-care tips, ideas, a checklist & a bullet journal.
Creating a personal self-care routine is one of the best things you can EVER do for your own general health. The first thing you have to do is really answer this one important question: What does a self-care routine mean to you?
What does a self-care routine mean to me?
To me, self-care is anything that brings me joy and peace. Any activity that adds value to my overall wellbeing. Self-care is not necessarily about having brag-worthy expensive products nor trips. As much as I would love to have a luxurious self-care routine, I have to use what I have and can afford at the moment.
Being Present In The Moment is Self Care
Oh my, it took me a really long time to realize that I was doing self-care all wrong. I used to think that having a social media-worthy routine was self-care. So I’d end up spending more time taking pictures/ videos of my routine for social media, than being present with myself/surroundings. I’m I the only one who experiences FOMO? lol!
Hear me out, taking cute pictures/ videos of your routine here & there may not be a bad thing, because you’re positively inspiring other people to do a self-care routine. However, the main problem is actually making sure that you’re being present in the moment. This is the biggest part of self-care.
For content creators, the best way to combat this problem is to be intentional with what your routine is for. Just a self-care routine tip: Is your routine for content purposes or is it for you? If it’s for content purposes, set a specific date aside to solely do content. On the contrary, if it’s for you, take the time to soak in and enjoy the routine. I usually might take a pic or two but no more. Sometimes I just set the phone aside in a different room, with no notifications.
Now that we have tackled the big elephant in the room, we can go ahead and create our self-care routine.
The 5 steps to create a perfect personalized self-care routine
1. Physical Self Care Routine
Take the time to write down all your physical body self-care needs such as beauty regimen, skincare, and exercise. Moreover, think about self-care needs starting from head to toe. Simply, what do you need to feel and look your healthiest self? Be as specific as possible.
Physical Self-care Routine Ideas, Tips, Checklist & Examples
- Abs workout 3 times a week.
- Getting your hair nicely done once a month.
- Doing a face mask once a week.
- Getting a Pedi-mani every three weeks.
- Doing a full-body Himalayan salt body scrub once a week.
- Getting your eyebrows tinted every month.
- Getting a bikini wax once a month.
- Eating fruits and veggies once a day.
- Hydrating 64 oz per day.
- beauty self care routine
I could go on and forth but think about You, Your specific needs, and Your personal budget. (Five Simple and Fulfilling Physical Self-Care Ideas)
2. Mental Health Self Care Routine
The second step is all about mental health self-care routine. Therefore, think about all the activities that reduce stress and bring peace into your life.
Mental Health Self-care Routine Ideas, Tips, Checklist & Examples
- Sleeping in on Saturdays (no alarms)
- Alone time once a week (setting boundaries)
- Journaling & Meditation every day before bed (practicing gratitude)
- No social media first thing in the morning until after breakfast
- Taking a break from social media to be present with yourself
- Reading a self-improvement book every month
- Listening to a podcast about positivity
- Collecting vision board worthy magazines
3. Social Life Self Care Routine
For social life self-care needs, the first thing you have to consider is if you are introverted or extroverted. Some people thrive in having a social life, going out to restaurants, and meeting with friends as much as they can. On the other hand, for introverted people, social life may drain them. They completely enjoy solitude or being around loved ones like family or significant others.
However, having good relationships is part of self-care. This is because, at the end of the day, everyone needs to be surrounded by good friends and family. In addition, I strongly believe that nobody should ever ride solo in life.
Social Life Self-care Routine Ideas, Tips, Checklist & Examples
Genuinely ask yourself these 3 questions:
- Who are your top 3 most genuine friends/family? ( Mutual relationship. They want to be your friend as much as you do. They treat you more like a sister. You can also talk about everything. Call/text them first. You trust them and their advice)
- Who are your acquaintances? (It’s always an amazing time hanging out, but there’s nothing more to it. Mutually distant. Hang out once in a while. Rarely text/call)
- Toxic relationships (They drain you in one way or another. Always negative. Cannot be trusted. Talks badly about everyone including you. Always digging. Jealous. Gets on your nerves. Never a good time when you hang out. Does not align with your goals/ standards)
The big question now is: How many times a month can you hang out with your three kinds of friendships, without feeling drained?
My perspective on social life self care routine
Firstly, with my top friends/ family members, I can hang out with them anytime because I don’t have the pressure to look/ act perfect. They can also exist in my presence, we can talk about just any conversation that goes absolutely nowhere. And most of all, I can be socially awkward around them without feeling embarrassed.
Secondly, for my acquittances, I can hang out probably once to three times a month. This is because I feel like I have to prepare myself mentally to entertain and act a certain way. I also tend to be reserved in nature, so being outside my comfort zone tends to be a little bit draining for me. But, regardless, I absolutely treasure & enjoy these relationships.
Thirdly, I don’t have any toxic relationships, because I tend to avoid those kinds of people from the beginning. The best thing is to immediately set clear boundaries and move them to a distant acquittance category. Moreover, you don’t have to be rude but, do not involve yourself with them in any way.
4. Spiritual Self Care Routine
For believers, this means any activity that brings you closer to God and keeps your faith strong.
Spiritual Life Self-care Routine Ideas, Tips, Checklist & Examples
- Reading and internalizing the bible every evening before bed
- Watching a preacher every morning before work
- Practicing your faith
- Journaling and meditating on the greatness of God
- Praying every morning and night
- Joining women of faith discussion group
- Fasting one day a month
5. Environmental Self Care Routine
This is my absolute favorite kind of self-care because I absolutely love everything about aesthetics.
So think about any environmental factor that makes your self-care routine appealing, soothing, and better overall experience.
Environmental Self-care Routine Ideas, Tips, Checklist & Examples
- Lighting vanilla scented candles in your freshly cleaned home.
- Planting a mini garden on your patio.
- Taking a trip to the city just to see the skyline view at night.
- Going for a nature trip, just to breathe nice fresh air.
- Reading by the beach while listening to the ocean waves.
- Decluttering your home.
- Going to the mall to see and try new products.
- Going to a fun tiki bar for a nice cocktail with a friend.
- Traveling to a beautiful resort twice a year.
In conclusion, take the time to create a routine based on your availability. Self-care Sunday is a real thing but, self-care doesn’t have to be on a Sunday only. It’s about having your own specific YOU time day. It could be once a month, but always dedicate time for yourself. Take the time to create a monthly calendar in advance and schedule appointments ahead of time. Be intentional.
Nevertheless, set a budget. REMEMBER! Self-care should not necessarily be expensive. It is what you make it to be. It could be as simple as rest. Smart financial health moves are also self-care.
Lastly, I hope this blog post helps you create your own personal routine that fits your specific needs physically, mentally, socially, spiritually, environmentally, and financially.
Question: What is your most favorite self care routine?— Let Me Know In the Comments