True self-care isn’t necessarily about a spa day or a special one-off treat. It’s a long-term habit that includes making daily choices that support our authentic health and happiness. Meeting our own self-care needs also allows us to better care for others.
While there is an abundance of super convenient daily options for how we eat, drink, relate, move our bodies, and even how we think, they don’t necessarily support a holistically healthy life. It takes practice to cut through the noise and really listen to our deeper needs. Sometimes it takes bucking the status quo to make choices that are genuinely rooted in self-care.
Here are a few ways we can play with discovering what we really need in the moment:
Subvert Mindless Scrolling – A bout of mindless scrolling can attack at any time. We’re particularly susceptible to it when we’re tired, bored, lonely, procrastinating, or overstimulated. Sometimes scrolling is exactly what we need to regulate our nervous systems. Often, it is an energy and time drain. If you find yourself in a mindless scrolling trance, try putting down your phone (or turning it off!), changing your posture, and taking a few breaths. Notice how quickly the urge arises to pick up your device. Move your body (jumping jacks will do), drink a glass of water, go outside and connect with nature — all of these things will put you in contact with what you actually need in the moment (which, typically, has nothing to do with the IG story of an influencer living in Byron Bay).
Choose the Right Fuel – It’s easy to go for sugar or caffeine when we need energy. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a treat every once in awhile, it’s rare that our body’s deepest need is either one of those. Often we need rest, hydration, connection, or a healthy snack that offers more sustaining energy. When we meet our deeper needs consistently, we begin to appreciate what it feels like to feel good - and our baseline for energy, vitality, and joy becomes much higher.
Practice Resting – Rest is essential for recovery and recalibration, yet, culturally, we seem to be allergic to it. When we’ve been moving too fast for too long, our nervous systems get amped up, then, when we finally pause, it can feel truly uncomfortable to sit still, relax, or chill out. Often when we slow down is when we notice that there is stress and anxiety playing like unwelcome background music in our awareness. Happily, rest is available just on the other side of that revved up feeling. Lying or walking barefoot on the earth (a practice called grounding or “earthing”) helps us reset our nervous systems. It also reduces anxiety, depression, and inflammation, all of which makes room for rest.
Target Your Skincare – Loving the way you look is self-care! We’ve curated a collection of targeted Skincare Sets to help you effectively address your skin concerns and bring out your healthiest-looking glow. Not sure where to start? Take our Skincare Routine Finder Quiz.
Happy World Caring Day! We hope you take this as an invitation to slow down, drop in, and give yourself what you really need most.