Not another self-care post. If you read any blogs or frequent Pinterest then without a doubt, you have seen a billion self-care posts. I feel like everywhere I look, another article about self-care is popping up. Free self-care, 101 self-care techniques, how to practice self-care, why self-care is important, self-care for moms, and so on. No doubt, self-care is extremely important but, isn’t that common sense? What about simple, every day, basic self-care?
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You want to be the best, most badass version of you, right? Constantly we are reading about how self-care is super important and IT IS! Yet, instead of trying to implement new self-care ideas. Here’s a thought? Why don’t we make sure that we are doing basic self-care? Think about it for a second.
What is self-care to you?
For some, it is going out and getting your hair done or having a spa day with the girls. For others, it is going on their dream vacation or indulging in a dozen homemade brownies. We are so worried about the newest, latest, coolest self-care trend that many people don’t take the time to practice simple, every day, basic self-care.
You may think that I’m crazy but, trust me – I’m far from it. Well, maybe just a little. 🙂
As women, we get so caught up in celebrities, the idea of being perfect, supermom, of being the best and trying to show others that we have our shit together. When most of the time, we really don’t.
We get all dolled up on our day off to complete our ever growing to do list that we forgot to take a shower that morning or the night before, our contacts have been left in for 2 weeks, and our bedroom looks like a nuclear bomb exploded. So, while we look put together on the outside and take the time to look the part. The truth of the matter is that on the inside, we are falling apart.So, while we look put together on the outside and take the time to look the part. The truth of the matter is that on the inside, we are falling apart. #basicself-care #improveyourlife Click To Tweet
That essential, every day, basic self-care that is supposed to be simple and routine. Something we do without even thinking has gone out the window. Not doing basic self-care affects our overall well-being. Our physical health, mental health, and spiritual health are all in jeopardy.
So, how do you fix it? How do you make sure you practice basic self-care so that you can improve your life from the inside out?
Obviously, the answer is to START WITH THE BASICS.
EVERYDAY BASIC SELF-CARE
We all have those times where shit just sucks. We are angry, mad, or overwhelmed. So, we happen to skip our shower at night saying we will take one in the morning. Then, the morning comes and shit happens again. Before you know it, you’re trying to make your hair look as non-greasy as possible and you are putting new makeup on top of old makeup. Yes, that shit happens every now and then.
Although, if your not careful and you don’t MAKE SURE that you take care of yourself then, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. A rut of misery, depression, and no motivation. It comes on faster than you could ever imagine. It takes a hold of you and makes it feel damn near impossible to get out of. If you have been there a time or two then, you know what I’m talking about.
Let’s move on to the very simple, every day basic self-care that we need to be doing. Implementing basic self-care can prevent us from getting stuck in that awful downward spiral.Implementing basic self-care can prevent us from getting stuck in that awful downward spiral. Click To Tweet
BASIC SELF-CARE YOU SHOULD BE DOING NO MATTER WHAT
The simple, basic self-care you practice on a daily basis is nothing more than living a healthy lifestyle. It’s fulfilling your body, soul, and minds’ everyday needs.
Do you take care of your self daily?
Are you meeting your own needs?
Now, you may think that this stuff is common sense but, I guarantee, GUARANTEE that you slack on one or more of these things more often than you think. Starting with the first thing.
1.GET ENOUGH SLEEP
It should be no surprise that the majority of Americans are not getting enough sleep. There are much more important things to be doing than taking care of ourselves. Do you really wonder why you can’t seem to keep it together? Or maybe when things are going great, you can’t seem to keep it up. Sleep, my friend. It is said that the average adult should get 7-8 hrs of sleep per night. Well my friend, that has been changed to 10 hrs a night due to how overworked we actually are.
2. WASH YOUR ASS
Are you mocking me right now? Laughing about how it’s obvious that you need to bathe every day but most people don’t. It is normal to take a shower every other day if you don’t get dirty every day. Although, there are two things that YOU MUST DO EVERY SINGLE DAMN DAY. Wash your face and wash your junk. Seriously.
3. TEETH + MOUTH
Do your dentist a favor? Floss and brush twice a day, every single day. As your dentist says, you only have one set of teeth so you need to take care of them. Not to mention, if you practice proper dental hygiene then your breath won’t be stinking. Plus, being able to flash a smile full of bright pearly whites makes you super confident. Very true!
4. FLAUNT YOUR STYLE
Whether you love to be girly and wear dresses or you are a t-shirt and jeans kinda gal. It doesn’t matter. Even if you work at home or have a day off, get dressed every day. Don’t lounge around in your pajamas. That does nothing but make you feel tired and shitty. That’s a bit of personal experience. Even if you throw on a pair of leggings, shirt, and throw your hair up into a messy bun. Changing out of your PJs will always make your day better.
5. YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
Who hasn’t heard that one? While having sweets every so often is perfectly fine. You still need to mind what you eat. Your food gives you energy. If you put nothing but pure junk into your body then you are going to end up looking and feeling just the same. Like total junk!
6. BUST A MOVE
Not everyone follows an exercise routine which isn’t necessarily a problem. But you can’t just lie around on the couch all day binge-watching Netflix. Even if you take the dogs for a walk each day, DO SOMETHING! The more you lie around, the more tired you become. So, if you are ever feeling down, get out of the house for a bit. Once you get up and moving, I guarantee you will feel better. If you don’t want to walk. Spend 15 minutes each day, dancing naked around your living room. Play duck, duck goose with your kids. It doesn’t matter what it is as long as you bust a move!
7. CLEAN UP
As kids, we were taught from an early age to clean up our mess before we start on something else. The same principle applies to adults. Dead serious. If your room, office, or your home is nothing but clutter. Your life will feel the same. A big mess. Keeping things tidy is a form of self-care. It makes you a more positive person overall.
8. Simple Routines
How can a routine be considered self-care? Well, let me explain. To go along with the above self-care practice of clean up – Each night you should tidy before you go to bed. Don’t leave a sink full of dishes, set the coffee pot, and have things ready to go in the morning. It takes 5 minutes to do this. You will feel so much better and be able to start the day off right if your morning runs smooth. Keep the chaos away. Then, in the morning, have a simple routine to start your day. Easy, peasy! There is no better way to stay organized and motivated.
9. Write Everday
I actually have a Pinterest Board titled Write Everdayunkiefied’s Resource UnjLibrary and you will find a lot of journal prompts to help you out. That is just how super significant this point is. To me, writing is one of the most valuable forms of self- care that there is. It’s a way to free your mind of all the turmoil floating around inside of you or to share your happy moments when you don’t physically want to tell anyone. It’s great. If you need a little help to start journaling, check out this post or simply sign up below for access to Unjunkified’s Resource Library and you will find a lot of journal prompts to help you out.
10. HELP SOMEONE
Doing something for someone else makes you feel good inside. Not to mention, it’s nice. It’s a great form of self-care. I say it is food for the soul. How good does it make you feel when someone smiles or is extremely grateful for something that YOU did for them? Your damn right, it’s a wonderful feeling. I am a strong believer in karma so, what goes around comes around. If you are helpful, generous, and caring. Then, you will get the same treatment from others.
FINALE NOTE ON BASIC SELF-CARE
If you really think about it, almost everything that we do can be considered a form of self-care. What do you think? Do you know the definition of self-care? Self-care is anything you do that benefits you emotionally, physically, or spiritually. Think about that for a second.
Of course, there are things that happen to us that are out of our control but, everything that WE do is for ourselves. We eat to satisfy our hunger. We go to parties to enjoy yourself. Attending school or work is to make money or further our education. There is always a mean to an end. Anything and everything we do is to ultimately take care of yourself in some way.
On the other hand – true self-care is doing something for ourselves that makes up happy, leaving fulfilled, relaxes us and so on. It happens as we are performing the act.
What basic self-care do you practice? Let me know in the comments.