I don’t know about you but I’ve already started coming up with goals and my game plan for 2017. I’ve got big plans and I’m so excited to rock this coming year. However, all of this planning would be pointless if I didn’t have a solid self-care game plan in place first.
Remember that you are the foundation for everything in your life. If you’re not taking care of yourself first, everything else in your life will suffer.
Whether your goal for 2017 is to implement more self-care into your life or you just want to step up your self-care game I’m going to give you a bunch of ideas to help you hit the self-care ball out of the park this year.
Put Together A Morning Ritual
The time you spend when you first wake up sets the tone for your entire day. What you choose to fill that time with is very important.
Instead of spending an hour scrolling through social media, opt instead for a well curated morning routine. Choose a couple things you want to get done every morning and put together your morning routine.
My ideal morning routine looks something like this: wake up, stretch, meditate, go through my Good Morning Beautiful e-mail, drink a glass of water, write up my to-do list for the day and get to it.
If you’re new to self-care and morning rituals, the Good Morning Beautiful emails are a great place to start! These emails package up everything you could possibly need in a morning routine and get sent to your inbox bright and early to help you wake up the right way.
If you haven’t signed up for the Good Morning Beautiful emails yet, you NEED to! I’m not even saying this as someone from the yes supply team but as a self-care fanatic and true morning ritual connoisseur, these emails are thebomb.com !
Take Time For Affirmations
Whether you’re working to manifest your yes or you just need a couple words of encouragement to yourself, affirmations are the bomb! They’re exciting and powerful and can help you literally manifest anything you want.
Fit a couple minutes into your morning routine to sit with your affirmations. Say them out loud to yourself. Write them down and keep your affirmations in your pocket all day. The power of your affirmations will help you manifest whatever you want into your life. They also work as a perfect little motivational kick in the butt whenever you may need one.
Start A Self-Care Piggy Bank
This one’s pretty self explanatory. Start saving money in a jar specifically for self-care related things.
At the end of the day put any spare change in the jar. Whenever you find yourself with a couple extra dollars, add it to the jar. Every month or every couple of months, dip into your self-care piggy bank and treat yourself to something self-care related. Book yourself a massage or buy that big fuzzy robe you’ve been eyeing. You deserve it!
Get Serious About Journaling
Let it out girl! Let it all out!
Journaling is so underrated. I always thought journaling was dumb until I really gave it a shot. It’s an outlet for you to get everything going on in your head out of there. We all know how crazy we can drive ourselves by keeping things bottled up or going over the same situation in our heads a million times.
Grab a notebook and a pen and go to town. I love journaling when I find myself trying to sleep while my mind races a mile a minute or when I’m trying to work through a problem. It’s a great way to get your thoughts out of your head and down on paper where you can actually see them in front of your own eyes.
Allow Yourself To Veg Out
You are a hard working girl boss who is killing the game. You’re allowed to take a break!
Plan a day where you completely veg out. Stock your fridge with your favourite foods or maybe order yourself a pizza. Get cozy in your bed or on your couch and get the Netflix going. Spend the day absolutely vegging out!
Take the day to be a little bit brainless and reset. Don’t think about any commitments you have. Your commitment right now is to yourself and to your right to veg.
Make Time To Meditate
Even just thinking about meditating makes my heart feel all warm and fuzzy. Lots of people get intimidated by meditating because it seems so simple yet so incredibly difficult. Well, it doesn’t have to me.
Meditating can be whatever you want it to be.
Maybe meditation for you is sitting cross-legged on a yoga mat with your hands on your knees while you chant mantras. Or maybe meditation for you is throwing your headphones in and hitting the gym for a good old sweat sesh. Whatever it is, reward yourself with that you-time.
Whatever your meditation is, take the time to just be quiet. Alone with your thoughts. Focus less on thinking of nothing and more on letting your thoughts just pass through your train of thought naturally.
One time in a transcendental meditation class, we were told to imagine meditation as your time to let your thoughts digest. We spend all day taking in information, we need time for it to digest. You’d be surprised what parts of your day pass through your train of thought when you get quiet with yourself.
Detox All Aspects Of Your Life
Detoxes are all the rage these days and for good reason. Instead of sipping on detox tea that could keep you running to the bathroom all day, opt instead for a little detox in all aspects of your life.
From your emails to your friends lists, do a bunch of little detoxes in all aspects of your life. This can literally span to any part of your life.
Maybe think about the people you spend your time with, are all of them worth that time? Go through your closet and pick out the pieces that no longer serve you. Your list of goals from last year? Clear out the goals that no longer fit your yes to make room for goals that will truly move your towards your dream life.
Take the time to clean out the little dust bunnies in all corners of your life.
Do What Truly Makes You Happy
Words to live by. The best way to live your best life is to do what truly makes you happy. Don’t do the things that don’t make you happy.
Do the things you want to do and don’t do the things you don’t want to do.
You are not obliged to do things you don’t want to… So don’t!
As soon as I experienced how good it felt to make moves based on what I truly wanted to do and what really made me happy there was no turning back. It’s not selfish. It doesn’t make you a bad person. You do you and put yourself first!
Do A Digital Detox
Technology is a wonderful and magical thing. Taking a break from it all is even better!
These days our lives are so consumed with our phones and computers and notifications and likes that it’s so important to take a break from it all. Just like meditation, taking a break from technology gives you that much needed time to digest everything you’ve consumed.
These breaks from the digital world allow our brains to become creative and innovative. It’s in these breaks where we think our own thoughts in a clear space which allows us to create.
I read once that it’s impossible to consume and create at the same time and as a creative it’s crucial that half of my time is spent creating. Find balance between consumption and creation to maximize your relationship with the digital world.
Create An Emergency Self-Care Game Plan
It’s important to always be prepared in case of any emergency. In this case, it’s important to be ready for any scenario where you might need some emergency self-care.
Start by coming up with a plan. Think about certain instances where an emergency self-care plan would come in handy. For example, say you’re having a really bad day and you need some self-love time to get yourself through. This will basically be your self-care 911.
The point is to have everything in place for when crisis strikes and you need immediate self-care.
You can simply come up with a little routine that includes taking a bath, picking up your favourite food for dinner, and meditating for an extra ten minutes. You could go as far as putting together an emergency kit for these critical times. Maybe your kit will have a chocolate bar, a face mask, a bottle of wine, and a big cozy blanket.
Get creative with it!
Set yourself up to ROCK this year! Pick one or two (or all of them if you’re wild) and implement them into your every day life. Just a few simple changes can have the biggest impact on your life!