If you feel like you’ve been running a million miles a minute and haven’t created enough (or any) space for self-care, this blog post is for you!
I’m Ashley, one of The Wildflower Company Co-Founders, and I’m determined to help you get your self-care back on track. That’s what Wildflower Company is all about—we provide resources like our planner and workshops to help you cultivate an intentional, aligned lifestyle that feels genuinely good. And of course, self-care is a huge part of building a more mindful life; self-care allows you to take care of yourself and others in a meaningful way!
So, with all that said, here are 5 ways to reprioritize your self-care and get back on track:
1. PRIORITIZE SLEEP
One of the most critical ways you can take care of yourself is by getting enough sleep. Sleep is essential for maintaining your mental health, and lack of sleep can lead to a whole bunch of things you don’t want, including fatigue, irritability, and a weakened immune system.
I know that it’s easier said than done, but maintaining a good sleep schedule is absolutely imperative. Or, at least, trying our best to maintain a good sleep schedule *most of the time* is super important!
SET YOURSELF UP FOR A GOOD SLEEP ROUTINE BY:
- SCHEDULING enough time for adequate sleep each night. This means planning out each day with the priority and intention of getting enough sleep.
- STICKING to a consistent sleep schedule as much as possible. Science shows that consistency in sleep really matters, and will set you up for greater sleep success.
- REDUCING your screen time. I know, I know, a good TikTok moment (or hour) before bedtime can sometimes be exactly what you need… but not always! Reducing your screen time especially before bed will help your body relax into a peaceful sleep.
2. INVEST IN A PEACEFUL ENVIRONMENT
One of the things I am personally most proud of is the space I’ve created for myself as an adult. I have invested in plants, candles, a nice couch, and so many other pieces that truly bring me joy and peace.
The comfortable environment I’ve created physically has led to mental safety and true relaxation when I’m in my apartment.
Obviously, cultivating a space you love takes time, but you can get started today. I suggest spending some time on Pinterest to gather images of homes you really like, so you can better understand your decor preferences. Or maybe head over to TJ Maxx to buy a piece that speaks to you. It’s a process for sure, but you can start that process right now.
3. SCHEDULE THE APPOINTMENTS YOU'VE BEEN PUTTING OFF
Take a moment right now to pause. What appointments have you been putting off? A dentist appointment? An OBGYN? Perhaps you’re due for a vision exam? Write down all of the appointments you’ve been meaning to get to, eventually…
and tomorrow, let’s get to them. We made the list of appointments today and tomorrow we’ll reach out and schedule them.
4. PRIORITIZE CONNECTION
I believe that social connections are an essential part of self-care. I personally feel my best when I’m connected to the people who matter most to me. There’s nothing better than a long Facetime call with my best friend Maddie, or a wine bar date with a close friend.
Who would you love to grab coffee with? Who would you love to go on a walk with?
Reach out to that person right now. See if you can set something up for this week or early next.
And perhaps, if you’re feeling extra ambitious, you make that coffee a monthly coffee chat, or a weekly! Whatever feels best to you and your schedule.
5. TAKE CARE OF YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
Simply put, mental health matters.
My question is: How can YOU personally practice better mental health?
- Can you practice a bit more compassion with yourself?
- Is it time to look into therapists in your area?
- Can you forgive yourself for something you’ve been hard on yourself for?
What is something you can do today to practice good mental health—either in the short-term or the long-term?
As we wrap up, keep in mind that self-care isn’t a one-time thing, it’s an ongoing process. Incorporating self-care into your busy schedule may take some time, but it's worth it. By taking care of yourself, you'll be better equipped to handle the demands of your day-to-day life and be more present for the people and things that matter most to you.
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