Let’s face it: we’re all guilty of putting ourselves on the backburner. As a woman, you shoulder a lot of the emotional and physical labor in your household. Contrary to what you may have heard, taking a daily shower shouldn’t be considered your “me time.” After long days of demanding kids, stressful Zoom meetings, and putting yourself last, self-care needs to have more of an impact. Investing in self-care on a daily basis can help bring back your energy and resolve, even if your days feel like they’re on repeat. Try these tips to put yourself first.
1: Drink Up
Partaking in one of your basic human needs shouldn’t be a radical act of self-care, but staying hydrated can really affect how you feel throughout the day. Dehydration can deplete your energy levels, affect your skin, and even disrupt your gut health. If you struggle to drink enough water throughout the day, invest in some ways to make it easier. Try a new water bottle, flavoring drops, or swapping some of your water out for green tea or kombucha.
2: Start With Something Good
Feeling like you’re reliving the same day over and over again? You’re probably not exactly bouncing out of bed to get started. Try scheduling a few minutes to do something you really look forward to first thing in the morning. This can help motivate you to get out of bed and start your day on the right foot. Whether it’s a quick meditation or affirmation session, reading a few chapters of a book, or even just savoring the silence before the rest of your house wakes up, this gives you something to look forward to every morning.
3: Fill Your Nutritional Gaps
Some days, you’re lucky if your diet consists of whatever’s left on your kids’ plate after lunch. We’re all guilty of having a less-than-ideal diet now and again, so take the time to address your own nutritional gaps. Learn about which nutrients and vitamins you may be deficient in and adapt your food intake or opt for supplementation. Taking a multivitamin like SeroVital® AM can help fill in nutritional gaps so you feel better-rested, more energized, and in a better mood overall.
4: Get Moving
The post-workout endorphin rush is real, but exercise can improve more than just your mood. Dedicating at least 30 minutes to moving your body each day carves a little space in your schedule for something that is just for you. Whether you’re working on perfecting your eagle post in yoga, increasing your stamina, or making it to the top of your spin class leaderboard, exercise allows you to focus all your energy on one thing. You can multitask later.
5: Cancel Something
There’s something special about a sudden blank space in your daily schedule, so don’t be afraid to cancel something as a form of self-care. It doesn’t need to be a regular thing—we know things would fall apart without you—but you should feel empowered to occasionally cancel something that isn’t bringing you joy. Reschedule that Zoom meeting. Skip the playdate. Then luxuriate in knowing you’re putting yourself first for a few minutes.
6: Get Out of the House
If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that a house just isn’t a home: it’s a classroom, an office, and a safe haven, too. Staying home all day was a necessity, and now you might just forget to get out of the house even as social gatherings become safe once again. Make a point to get out of your house once a day, even if it’s just for a short walk or to run some errands. Doing so can help reset your mood and help you ease back into a new normal.
7: Create a Sleep Haven
There’s nothing worse than being reminded that you need to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night to function, especially when you’re already tired. Whether you struggle with getting to sleep or you’re waking throughout the night, you might not be able to get a perfect stretch of sleep, but you can make your bed the perfect sleep haven to help. Invest in great bedding that you love, use an essential oil diffuser to make the space inviting, and do your best to keep electronics out of your room. If you need a little extra help sleeping, the Renewal Complex in SeroVital has been clinically shown to reduce the time spent awake at night.* And better sleep is one of the biggest benefits we hear about from our customers!
8: Write a “Ta-Da!” List
We all have that dreaded to-do list that never seems to end. Maybe it’s scribbled on the back of a receipt, written out meticulously on a calendar, or repeated in your head, but your to-do list is always there and can seriously mess with your mood. If you’re stuck on your list or don’t feel like you’re being productive, end the day with a “ta-da!’ list, instead, where you write down all the things you accomplished throughout the day. It’s an act of self-love that helps you realize just how much you got done, even if some items on your to-do list are still waiting for you tomorrow.
9: Treat Yourself
When was the last time you treated yourself? It doesn’t have to be something big, but buying yourself a little treat is a major mood booster and act of self-care. It reminds you that you’re just as worthy of thoughtful gifts as all the other people in your life. After all, you treat your kids, your partner, and your friends. Buying yourself that pricey iced coffee, a cute new shirt, or a book you’ve been eyeing won’t put a huge dent in your budget, but it can be a way of showing yourself love. Treat yourself like you treat everyone else because you’re worth it, too.
10: Schedule Alone Time
Sometimes, just taking some time to be by yourself is a true act of self-care. If you’ve been cooped up and sharing space with the members of your family, you deserve a few minutes to breathe and not worry about anyone but yourself. Take a drive and blast your favorite music or try a solo evening walk. Hop in a long, hot bath or simply sit on your porch with nothing to do. Alone time helps you decompress and adjust your mood before you dive back into home life again.