Unconventional Self-Care Practices You Need to Add to Your Routine
Let me start this off by saying that this post does not contain your traditional self-care practices.
You’ll hear nothing about rest days or spa nights, because while taking care of yourself in that way is “self-care”, there are also other ways to practice self-care that don’t involve expensive skincare products and steamy showers.
I want to talk to you about practical self-care. This is a form of self-care that involves picking yourself up where you need it most. While self-care nights filled with face masks and good music do hold a place in my routine, my practical self-care routine is far more important.
Practical self-care is all about taking care of areas in your life that you might overlook on a day-to-day basis. Your finances, your health, your home’s cleanliness, etc. Because at the end of the day, self-care is the practice of taking care of yourself - and that includes ALL of yourself.
So, here are three ways I practice self-care in a practical way.
Take care of your financial health.
Now you may be thinking, what does budgeting or money have to do with self-care? Well, a lot actually.
We often focus on our physical health when we think of self-care. We take care of our skin, our bodies, etc. While doing this, we tend to overlook our financial health.
We must learn how to budget and manage our finances. Practicing budgeting can be a key step to getting your financial health in order - and staying that way.
But budgeting isn’t the only thing we can do to take care of our financial health, here are some other ideas:
Review your purchases for the past week. Ask yourself if whatever you bought was worth it - why or why not?
Have a no-spend day. Get creative and spend your time doing things you enjoy instead of spending your money.
Couponing! One of my favorite things to do while watching a movie or a show is scanning the internet for coupons that I might like to use. Not only does this save you money, but it also helps you get a better understanding of how much your essentials actually cost you (financial awareness is SO important!)
The next self-care practice that you can incorporate into your routine is gentle movement. If you’re someone who prioritizes movement in their daily life, then you might already be doing this!
On the other hand, if you struggle with getting some exercise in every day, I would encourage you to try out gentle movement.
Gentle movement can be anything from going on a walk to doing some yoga in your living room. The idea is to move your body in a way that makes you feel good!
Weekly “get back on track” days.
This is my favorite way to practice self-care! Every Sunday, I do my reset routine. This routine covers everything from organizing mail to vacuuming my home. I deep clean the bathrooms, do some laundry, and close out any emails that I missed in the past week.
It’s super important that you give yourself a few hours during any day of the week to get back on track. Our lives are busy, and we need to make sure that we are setting aside time to keep everything in order.
Dedicating time to staying organized and on top of all your responsibilities is a form of self-care that prevents burnout AND overwhelm - so you’re going to want to try it out!
I hope that helps you start adding practical self-care into your life. It changed the game for me, and I hope it does for you too!