A question I hear often is how to create a consistent self-care routine. The key to this question is how we're viewing self-care in the first place. Does it feel like an obligation, or like sacred time with yourself that you look forward to?
In today's blog post, I'm going to share my self-care tips to help you create a more consistent self-care routine.
Creating a consistent self-care routine
In our Facebook group Dwell in Magic (come join us if you haven't already!) one thing I've been seeing consistently...is people saying they want to implement self-care consistently 🙂
I've thought about it a lot and have come to the conclusion that if self-care is both enticing and easy-to-practice, self-care will inevitably become a consistent staple in your life.
Here are the things I have done that promote a desire within me to practice self-care consistently.
1. Create a sacred space
One reason I love to practice self-care all the time is because I have a space that is all my own and beckons to me to come and sit with it.
Do you have a space in your home that is all yours and that brings you relief when you sit down near it? Merely walking past this space every day constantly reminds me that there is Divine connection waiting for me.
My self-care space is my nightstand. I have string lights hanging up, a salt lamp, crystals, oracle cards, incense, aromatherapy sprays, candles, my books and moon binder that houses all of my self-care and mindset worksheets. You can click here if you'd like to see a list of everything I have purchased for this space.
Create a sacred space just for you. It doesn't have to be fancy. It just needs to make you feel connected.
2. Make your home self-care friendly
I have soft lighting set up throughout my home. String lights over my sofas, on top of my kitchen cabinets, around my bed and winding up around the posts of my lamps. I have wax burners in the bathrooms for the soft lighting they provide.
I have essential oil blend roll-ons on my living room end tables, on my nightstand, and in my bathroom. I also keep my journal and mindset planner on my end table so that it's right there when I sit down to have coffee in the morning or wine in the evening!
Having all these self-care reminders around my house makes it easy to incorporate self-care throughout my days. If all of your self-care tools are put away out of sight, they'll be out of mind as well.
3. Have enticing self-care tools
Speaking of self-care tools, make sure you have some on hand that entice you to want to spend time alone in self-care. As I mentioned previously, I have a moon binder which houses more than just my moon worksheets. It holds my calendar, a running list of ideas, other mindset worksheets, and a section that is just inspirational quotes I've collected over the years.
Create a binder full of things that help you connect and get in that magical space. For a long time, all I used was a blank notebook. I wrote down my intentions, inspirational quotes, dreams, and gratitude lists. I still carry around the same things, they're just a bit more organized now.
Healing books (think Louise Hay and Brene Brown), beautiful journals (Target carries beautiful ones), a special pen or pencil, a special mug for coffee or tea in the morning, incense...what entices you? What excites you and makes you want to connect? Go get that and keep in plain view so you're constantly being invited to spend time with yourself.
4. Plan for it
Think about your average week. What times are optimal for scheduling in a date with the Universe? There is a mom in my Facebook group who says she does her moon work with her baby sleeping in her arms; I thought that was so beautiful. Self-care doesn't have to be perfect or resemble what someone else's self-care time looks like.
For a long time I did my morning self-care check-in with a nursing toddler in my lap. Sometimes the only free time in a day that I get is sitting on the edge of my bed with just my salt lamp on and rolling an essential oil blend onto my wrists, along with some deep breathing.
Sometimes our days and weeks don't flow how we expect them to, and when that happens you can always find small pockets of time to just ground, be still, and feel that connection.
But it is helpful to think and plan for certain days and times that you will devote to yourself and your self-care practice. For instance this year, I plan on doing self-care moon rituals four times a month on the new, waxing, full, and waning moons.
You can read more about my new self-care plan here. But this way, I have certain times of the month that are definitely planned and set aside for self-care.
I love dwelling in magic. Therefore, I keep magical reminders all around my home, a magical space that calls me to come sit, tools that excite me, and empty spaces on my calendar that I set aside for connecting with the magical side of life.
If you have a consistent self-care routine, how do you implement it? Me and others reading would love to know, please leave a comment below!
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Jessica Dimas is the author of Self-Care for Moms Guide + Worksheet Bundle.