It’s hard to find time for daily self-care when you have SO much to do every day.
In fact, I’m pretty sure there aren’t possibly enough hours for you to accomplish everything you want to accomplish.
We’ve got that out of the way.
Look, it doesn’t matter how much you can do in a day – how much you can clean, how much you work, how many extracurriculars you and your kids participate in, how many bake sales you manage, or how many social events you can throw – if, at the end of the day, you feel beat.
You have to start taking care of yourself every. single. day.
I know. You’re a mom. Or a dad. Or a college student.
You work SO hard.
And that’s amazing.
But you won’t be able to continue to work toward your dreams and goals when your body decides it needs a break and you’re wiped out for a week due to sickness or exhaustion.
So let’s chat a little bit about how to start taking better care of yourself on a daily basis.
You won’t find a list here of different actions you can do for self-care. You can find some great ideas from this post.
Instead, I want to show you how to make daily self-care an actual part of your life.
Everyone wants to talk about how a bubble bath or pampering time once a week or so is the key to being your best self.
It may help, but it’s not going to change your life.
If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed… If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.
William H. McRaven
Seems pretty simple.
If you want to begin to change your life and start building the life of your dreams, you HAVE to start with tiny, DAILY actions.
It’s the actions you do consistently over time that build the life you end up living.
Think about it.
Going for a run once every few months isn’t going to do anything for you, but if you start running 3-5 days a week consistently over a period of weeks, months, and years, you will see some sort of change in your mentality, endurance, and physique.
To pull it together with what McRaven said, when you make your bed every now and then it’s not going to do you much good, but as you make your bed every morning, you’ll start gaining that small sense of pride that will affect other areas of your life.
You’ve got to determine what your ideal life looks like.
A simple example: if you struggle with flossing your teeth before bed, make it a point to brush (something you always do), floss (new habit), and then apply chapstick (something you always do).
Established Habit + New Habit + Established Habit
Sandwich the new activity in between the tasks you always do no matter what.
I used to have a hard time keeping up with reading my Bible daily until I started combining it with my morning coffee.
What are your established daily habits?
I’m sure you already do a few of these:
Brush your teeth
Put on shoes
Use the bathroom
Change into pajamas
Get into bed
Go to sleep
Why am I stating the obvious?
I want you to see that attaching new habits to established habits isn’t hard.
There are things that you must do or choose to do every day.
When you attach the new habit to the existing habit, your daily self-care will start falling into place naturally.
Track It, Baby, Track It
I’m a big fan of using my planner to track everything.
It’s not pretty, but it keeps me on track and accountable in a way I’ve never experienced before.
(I’m working on a post to give you guys a peek into my planner. You’ll get to see how I track exercise, teaching, blogging, bible reading, memories, goals, events, bills, birthdays, daily habits, cleaning schedule, daily to-do’s, and more)
Here is a planner that is nearly identical to what I use every day, as well as the supplies I can’t live without:
And before you know it, you’ll be 6 months down the road and realize that the task that used to be such a chore for you is now something you can’t live without.
And isn’t that the point?
When you put the actions that drive your life FORWARD in a place of priority in your life to the extent that you can’t imagine life any other way, you have no choice but to move toward the life you want.