Ashley is currently completing her Master of Science Degree in Counseling from Crown College. Ashley also obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Crown. Ashley has experience working with young adults, people from different cultures, and has also led a grief support group for people of all ages through Ridgeview Medical Center.
Self Care, But How?
How can I honestly fit self-care into my life? We sometimes sabotage ourselves when it comes to our own self-care. We have priorities, work, children, family, other people we care for, school, the list goes on and on. Like I mentioned in my previous self-care blog: if we are not taking care of ourselves then we are not able to give 100% to those priorities in our life. Sometimes we may feel like we are until all the sudden the burden is to heavy, and we crash.
It starts with a commitment. Everyday I am going to take 15 minutes to do (insert here) this for myself. Small steps towards self-care are easier to take then giant leaps. Pick which area you would like to start to work on first such as your physical, psychological, social, or even your spiritual self-care. List out reasons why you want to be dedicated to your self-care. Is it to live a longer life for your loved ones? Be emotionally more stable? Have more joy? Feel less tired? What is your motivation to stick to your self-care plan?
Other ways to fit in the time for self-care.
- Writing down what motivates to you stay committed can be a good reminder when you feel that you do not have the time for yourself.
- Listing out times of the day when you do actually have a break can be helpful as well. Sometimes when we sit down and think about our day we can look and see that there are times when we have anywhere form 10 minutes to an hour that we truly could fit in the self-care if we chose to do that during that time.
- Putting down our electronics and spending that time on self-care
- Scheduling self-care into your day
- Switching up your daily plans to fit in self-care.
- Delegate responsibilities to others (and if you are one of those people who are always putting others first remember sometimes you need to put yourself first so you can be doing your best)