“How do you start a consistent self-care practice?” is probably the #1 question women ask me.
My answer is simple:
In the morning, do something for yourself.
In the evening, do something for yourself.
I’ve followed this system (can I even call it a system because it’s so damn easy?) for close to 4 years now.
It’s the simplest thing I can think of to make sure I don’t lose sight of who I am and what I need to thrive in a world that pulls on me damn near every waking moment.
What the “AM/PM” routine does is two-fold:
- It powers you up for whatever your day has in store for you. You get in some me-time before work, before traffic, before kids, before whatever stresses pop up in your day.
- It releases whatever stress you may have accumulated during the day so you can rest and actually replenish yourself before bed.
Now, what might that look like in practice for you?
- Yoga/simple stretches
- Morning tea/coffee
- Mirror affirmations
- Silence (Underrated!!)
- Warm shower
- Warm bath
- Self-massage with warm massage oil
- Netflix (yeah it counts but pay attention to how close you watch before bedtime!)
…And really, this is just what my list looks like. These are activities I can turn to again and again to set the mood I desire.
Now, it’s important for you to note that this is not the total of my self-care practice. This is the baseline.
This is for the woman who can go weeks without tending to herself. Sis, you can start here.
Over the next two