Taking a self care day may make you feel like you’re selfish and that you’re forgetting about the needs of others. I’ve always struggled with the concept of a self care day, just because of that.
I had to learn that for this one day it’s alright to focus on yourself. It doesn’t mean that you’re forgetting about your friends or family at all.
It means that you’re taking the time to revive and reconnect with yourself. It means that even though you may take care of others in your life, you know that you need to take care of yourself as well.
Whether it’s physical, mental, or emotional self care, having a day all to yourself can help you fall back in love with the person you are and take care of your general well-being.
If you’re in need of a self care day, then these simple self care tips I’ve learned will help get you started.
Self Care Day – Physical, Mental, and Spiritual
Physical Self Care
When most people think of self care we immediately think of pampering ourselves for a day. This is actually just one of the aspects of taking care of ourselves.
Our bodies are exposed to injuries and harsh environmental elements that can impact it negatively. If we don’t start taking care of our bodies, then they’ll begin to let us know through illnesses and skin damage.
Some of those things are out of our control, but there are plenty that are within our control. On your self care day, try to take ahold of the things that you can control.
Our physical bodies comprise of five senses (sight, taste, touch, hear, and smell), so you should incorporate each into your self care day.
A simple way of doing so is by beginning your day with a warm bubble bath or steamy shower, while relaxing music is playing. Exfoliate your skin with your favorite body scrub and don’t forget to properly moisturize afterwards.
For the day, wear your most comfortable clothes. If you’re staying at home for the day, wear your favorite pajamas and comfy socks if you want. If you’re heading out, wear your most comfortable outfit.
Cook your favorite meal, order takeout, or go out to eat at your favorite restaurant.
Light scented candles throughout your home or wear your favorite perfume. You can even go buy yourself a bouquet of flowers to add some fragrance to your home.
Watch your favorite movie, visit an art gallery, go for a walk in nature, or watch the stars at night.
Mental Self Care
We oftentimes forget about taking care of ourselves mentally. We’re so worried about not getting physically sick that we tend to put our mental health on the back burner.
This leads to stress, depression, and sometimes worse.
There’s nothing wrong with taking a mental self care day to keep your mind healthy and strong. We exercise our bodies every day, so there’s no shame in doing the same for our minds.
Mental self care isn’t just taking a break from the day to relax and have nothing to think about except the present, even though mindfulness definitely is a part of it.
It includes evaluating what has been stressing you out, what has been an emotional drain in your life, and what hurt are you holding onto that you can let go of.
There are several ways that you can take care of yourself mentally on your self care day.
One of my favorite ways of mentally taking care of myself is to write down my feelings. If I have something I want to express to someone, it’s easier for me to write it in a letter than it is to say it.
Self care journals can also help. Writing down how you feel when you wake up, keeping lists of what you’re grateful for, expressing your dreams, and even writing down random thoughts just to clear your mind may help your mental health.
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Learning to forgive yourself and others should be included as part of your self care plan. I used to beat myself up over trivial mistakes. I also would hold onto anger that I had towards others.
When I began to forgive myself and others and to let go of hurt feelings, I realized that my mind was now free to look at more positive things.
This may take more than one day, but recognizing what is bogging down your mind and establishing a plan to take care of yourself on your self care day is a start.
Some people like to talk with friends and family in order to unload their mental anguish. Find someone who is a good listener and will only offer advice if requested. Sometimes we just need to say our feelings out loud, in order to feel better.
I also want to let you know that it’s ok to see a psychiatrist, psychologist, or therapist if you have a problem that you haven’t been able to work out on your own. They’re trained mental health professionals and will be able to help you, if needed.
Spiritual Self Care
What’s a self care day without taking care of yourself spiritually, as well?
Spirituality can mean different things to different people. For the sake of self care day, I’m talking about it in the manner of reconnecting with your inner self, apart from your body and mind.
Spiritual self care entails finding meaning and inner peace for ourselves.
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You can begin your day with positive affirmations. Here are a few for you to try:
- I believe in myself.
- Unconditional love flows through me.
- Today is my day of happiness and peace.
- My heart is grateful.
- I love myself as I am.
- I am whole and complete.
- I am in perfect balance.
- My love will always shine brighter than my fears.
Meditating on your self care day can help you quiet your mind and promote self awareness.
Personally, I like mindfulness meditation opposed to concentration meditation where I’m focusing on a single point, such as my breathing or listening to a repetitive sound.
Mindfulness meditation allows my thoughts to flow and to let me get in tune with them without any judgements.
You can meditate in the morning, right before bed, or anytime throughout the day. Meditation helps you feel a deeper sense of satisfaction and your life’s purpose by giving you clarity of what’s important to you and in life.
Have you planned your self care day yet? What self care day advice do you have to share?