Did you know September is Self-Care Awareness Month? As a new Self-Care blogger I was not aware of this until someone posted it on social media. I also learned well after the date that June24th-July 24th is Self-Care Month. The World Health Organization made it official in 2019. Since I am a self-care blogger, I felt I needed to do something to honor Self-Care Awareness Month, but I feel like I already do that with my Sunday post and the infographics I create each week. What else is there to do? I was also torn between whether I wanted to post something every day this month or once each week. I clearly wasn’t prepared for this lol but I still wanted to do something so I decided I’m going to post something every Saturday (on my social media platforms) on the benefits of self-care. If you’re not already following me, my social media names are at the end of each of my Sunday blog post.
With that said, Happy September! This month our self-care focus is Personal Self-Care. I think all forms of self-care is personal because it’s an act that we perform that benefits us personally in some way. My goal for this month is to make sure that there is a way I can make each challenge I present creative and much more personal than the ones I’ve posted in the past. As I thought about the post I wanted to write this week, it made me realize we only have a little over 3 months left in the year and not only do I not have any idea of what I’m going to do to honor Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas on my blog. I have no idea what my Sunday and Wednesday blog post will be like in 2022. I’m sure I’ve mentioned in one of my post a few months back that I don’t want my blog to become predictable or boring, therefore I don’t want to go into the new year with the same blog ideas that I’m currently doing for Self-Care Sunday and for Wellness Wednesdays. But I digress. If you have a consistent self-care routine, this week I want to provide some personal self-care ideas that you can incorporate in your current routine.
In the previous paragraph I mentioned that I think all self-care can be personal because it’s an act we perform that benefits us personally. But for this week’s post I want to provide self-care options that’s best performed alone that will help you feel better about caring for yourself. All of these options may not be for you, and as always, I’m encouraging you to take what you need and leave the rest.
A NIGHT TIME ROUTINE many of you may already have one but I know there are a handful of you who probably don’t. I’m sure you’re already familiar but just in case you’re not, a night time routine is a list of actives you perform each night before you go to bed. This will look different for everyone and can include a variety of things from your skincare routine, your shower/bath, reading, meditation, brushing and flossing, going to bed at a certain hour, etc. I know someone who steams her PJs and wears a different perfume to bed each night. The point is to develop your routine based on your own personal wants/needs/likes. Having a routine helps build structure and could potentially help you sleep better at night.
A MORNING ROUTINE very similar to the above but obviously this act will be performed when you wake up. Just like the above, it can include a variety of things and will differ based on your own personal interest. Most people wake up early, meditate, workout, journal, etc before they get their day started. I think these are all great ideas but I want to encourage you to include something unconventional if you choose to adopt a morning routine. Some examples of unconventional ideas are: call a different person in your contact list and have a quick chat, tackle a small chore like rearranging one cabinet, rotating the clothes/shoes in one section of your closet, or invite your spouse to engage in your morning routine one day during the week. Unconventional will like look different for everyone, I just gave some ideas that wouldn’t normally be apart of someones routine.
A BRAZILIAN if you’re not familiar with this act, it’s a full frontal wax of your lady parts. This will definitely not be everyone’s cup of tea lol but it is a very personal act of self-care that you can incorporate in your routine. Depending on where you go, they can be pricy but Groupon usually has deals and this act is usually only performed on a monthly basis.
SELF-LOVE/SELF-CARE PODCAST we are all flawed, and I know we all have things going on internally that we don’t share with others. Keeping things bottled up is not healthy especially if it’s eating us alive. There are a lot of resources out there that we can use to help us work on building our self confidence and the love we have for ourselves. If you choose to use this option, you can incorporate it in your day or night time routine. Here’s a podcast on Self-Love and one on Self-Care to help get you started.
POSITIVE SELF TALK do this all day. If you’re always hard on yourself or talking down to yourself, give it a rest and be gentle with yourself. If you find yourself saying something negative, immediately follow it up with something positive. I know for most of us, negative self-talk is embedded in our vocabulary, we’ve done it so much that when it happens we don’t realize it because it’s become second nature for us. But you attract what you say and what you believe. I mentioned in an earlier post that our words themselves are affirmations so if you say it enough, you will start to believe it and attract it. Start replacing your “I can’t’s, and “I’m not’s” with “I am’s and I wills”.
DETOX I think a detox should be done routinely. It doesn’t have to be a detox from eating junk food, you can detox your words, mind, body, and soul. I wrote a whole blog about these forms of detox months ago. Check the post out HERE and select one(s) that you think will work best for you and add it to your personal self-care routine.
SELF-CARE DATE NIGHT I’m defining this as a date that you will go on alone. I know a few people who aren’t into doing things by themselves but I think it’s really important for us to enjoy our own company. This doesn’t have to be eating out a restaurant or going to a movie. There are a lot of other options that I’m sure you can find in your area for you to enjoy alone. This can be a weekly or monthly date but I definitely encourage it, especially if you’re the type who’s around people consistently. Get to know yourself without the distractions of others.
Self-Care on the go are essentially bite size versions of my self-care challenges. It’s open to anyone but it’s specifically created for moms and other working women; who may not have time to participate in all (or any) of the challenges that I provide weekly because of their mommy duties or busy work schedule. You can access the infographic HERE. I’ve been posting them every Sunday since the beginning of the year and I really enjoy creating them. If you’re one of my readers who participate in, or enjoy these options because you find them convenient, leave a comment and let me know what you like about them or what you think I should change. Thanks for going on this self-care journey again with me this week.
By the way, if you’re interested, my Newsletter and Self-Care Accountability Worksheet is now available. The worksheet will act as a supplement to my daily self-care challenges. The purpose is to help you stay on track with your daily self-care routines. If you’re interested in receiving these items weekly, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The self-care worksheet is FREE, but will only be available to my Newsletter subscribers. I will NOT spam you, I will only email once per week.
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