Weekly Self Care Routine

At the end of last year I wrote about how I wanted to go into 2019 focusing more on myself, to discover who I am again and be more open about how I’m feeling and my mental health.

My main goal this past month has been introducing more self care into my daily and weekly routines, which I’d like to share with you. 😊

First, what is self care?

To me self care is making time to take care of yourself, your health (both physical and mental) and to help you feel better. Whether that’s by relaxing you, cheering you up or relieving anxiety.

It isn’t always easy. There have been times when I’ve felt guilty for spending time (or money) on myself. But I’m slowly learning that self care isn’t selfish and it’s important to take care if yourself.


Developing a self care routine

For my own self care routine I’ve been focusing on things that help my mind, such as relaxation techniques and those that help my body, like getting enough sleep!

Of course self care is different for each person. If you love baths introduce that into your self care routine and if you love going for a run add that. There isn’t a “one size fits all”, if it feels right for you and it helps you, add it.

Don’t do something you hate just because everyone else is doing it.

My weekly self care routine

For my self care routine I’ve kept it relatively simple so that it’s easier to implement into my day to day life and so I’m more likely to stick with it.

Morning

I’ve talked about my morning routine before (which you can read here) but there are some things I’ve added with self care in mind.

1. Morning stretches

Working in an office, sat at a desk five days out of the week has left me with upper back and shoulder pain. So taking time to properly stretch each morning definitely helps.

I’ve been following the NHS 5 minute wake up workout (minus the squats) recently.

2. Eat breakfast. Every day.

I certainly eat breakfast a lot more than I used to, especially at the weekends, but there are still some days when I’m “too busy” or forget. Which isn’t good! So, even it’s something small (like a cereal bar) I make sure to eat breakfast everyday.

During the day.

1. Keep myself hydrated by using my ‘motivation’ water bottle (reviewed here).

2. Random act of kindness.

3. Meet Aaron for lunch on weekdays. It’s a great way to break up the work day, vent about our mornings lol (if needed) and refresh before the afternoon.

4. Detach from technology. I’ve been making the effort to turn off notifications (except for phone calls, messenger and WhatsApp, in case of emergencies) during my work day.

Evening

I’ve also talked about my evening routine previously but I’ve added a few additional self care activities.

1. Cook something nice to eat at least once a week. Monday has become spag bol night recently, which is a great comfort food.

2. Relax and unwind. This takes different forms and can be anything from doing something crafty, playing a video game or watching TV (for an hour) and having a bubble bath. But I always make sure to fit in some breathing excercises.

3. Scheduled worry time, which is something I came across during my cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). The concept being that you limit worrying to a certain time every day, usually 15-20 mintues at the end of the day. So that when you do have a worrisome thought during the course of the day, you can postpone it.

4. Journalling. Whether it’s writing about my day, tracking my habits (like weight loss) or noting down any worrisome thoughts, I spend some time writing in my journal.

During the week

Some of these activities are on specific days and some are

1. Excercise 2 – 3 times a week which can include yoga, long walks, swimming or at home work outs.

2. Sit out in the garden and watch the sun set or rise. Admittedly, this is one for the Summer months – so I haven’t put it into practice, yet! But in the past it’s been calming for me so I added it in.

3. Every Wednesday: A relaxing bath complete with music and a face mask.

4. Every Friday: “Posh coffee” day. β˜•

Every Friday morning, some of my colleagues go to the local coffee shop and pick up a coffee. So I’ve decided to join them with a lovely soya hot chocolate, a little treat to myself.

5. Every Saturday or Sunday: Nature walks! This is something I love doing and want to do more of, whether it’s a short walk through one of Cirencester’s parks or a hike through the Forest of Dean. I’ve also signed up for a yearly membership to Westonbirt Arboretum (just waiting on my card to arrive!).

Future plans

As the year goes on I’m sure this list may change or get added to, to fit my lifestyle. One thing I do want to consider adding is to buy myself a treat that isn’t food and not feel guilty about it, such as a bouquet of fresh flowers. Also add in a few Sunday lie-in days. 😊

What about you? How do you practice self care? Is there a set self care routine you stick to? Let me know in the comments.

30 thoughts on “Weekly Self Care Routine

  1. Sara says:

    I love these ideas! You’ve inspired me to make it a priority to plan and schedule more self care. I’m glad you’ve found something that works for you. This often neglected area is so important.

    • Thanks Sara. I hope you do managed to schedule more self care into your routine. Even something small, like treating yourself (in moderation) can help your well being.

  2. I really love this post Kim! We must be in sync as my post today is all about my self care routine, he he. I 100% agree with you, self care is all about what feels right for you, everyone is different πŸ™‚ Although reading your post, there are so many things I enjoy doing too such as having a bubbly bath, doing crafts, yoga, swimming, plus turning off notifications and drinking more water have helped as well. It’s so nice to have things to look forward to each week, hot chocolate sounds like a wonderful treat and Sunday lie-ins sound blissful. Thanks for sharing lovely, fab post! ❀ xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • Haha, I thought the same when I was reading your post too Bexa. There are so many little things we can do more of to take care of ourselves. Thanks for your comment lovely. xoxox

  3. I love the posh coffee bit, little things like that to me are what really make a difference to a day, it’s just a simple act but it is self care and I completely get that!

  4. Great post Kim. I love that you’ve broken it down into when and how you’re hoping to achieve more self care. Personally, I like to read a good book in the bath and switch off from the world for a while.

  5. These are really great ideas! I especially love turning off notifications, and the posh coffee days. I think I’ll have to start implementing those into my own routine. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I always say I need to practice self-care. But fitting things in can be tricky. I know I need to cut down on twitter and internet usage on my phone. I should fit meditation in more and do more yoga. But the little things are important I think. It’s the little things I need to think of.

    • I agree, the little things are definitely important and can make a huge difference to your mood. I’m hoping to fit some yoga into my routine in the future – thanks for the idea. x

    • Thanks Michelle! 😊 It’s definitely a work in progress implementing self care into your daily routines. But well worth it.

    • Thanks Joan. I’m glad you like it and I’m happy to see so many self care posts around recently. Scheduling worry time is definitely a work in progress but I’ve seen a significant improvement in myself since I started.

  7. Jenny in Neverland says:

    It’s great that you’ve found a self care routine that works for you. The beauty of it is that you can change it any time you like to suit your current needs πŸ™‚ When it’s warmer, I always try and sit outside for at least 10 minutes!

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

  8. I love this post, Kim, as I was reading it I kept thinking, Oh, I could do this too, why am I not doing it already? Going for walks and being outside is definitely a proper self-care activity (like my garden) and you’re absolutely right, self-care is not selfish. Oh, and “Posh coffee” day. β˜•” is a must, I’m adopting this one right now! xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • Hehe, glad you liked the idea of “posh coffee days” Lisa. I loved tending to my garden when I had my own place – now I take care of my indoor plants instead. Thanks for your comment. x

  9. Lovely post Kim, you have come up with lots of good ideas for self-care! I resonated with many of them such a walking in the outdoors, I think that would help for myself too so thanks for the tip. I look forward to spring time as I can get back into gardening, the fresh air and being in touch with nature helps me. Fitting things into a routine is such a good one, I might take that on board. I like that you wrote random acts of kindness, I recently picked up a book in The Works sale called The Little Book of Kindness by Bernadette Russell, which I would recommend. Posh coffee Friday, made me smile too! πŸ™‚ xx

    Helen | Helen’s Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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