Hi, Support Squad! My name is Carolina Russ, I am here to share some tips on self-care and connection while Melissa Carter makes her way to Bali!
Let's talk; why self-care? In order for us to be able to show up in our lives as the best version of ourselves, we have to make sure we take the time to care and connect to ourselves before we open the space to others.
While this sounds easy enough, it is a big commitment to day in and day out, make the time to love yourself. Here are my six tips to keeping self-care consistent:
Tip # 1: Keep it simple
We are really great at over-achieving, even when it comes to our self-care routine, keep it simple. Breathe for 5 minutes before you jump out of bed and engage with your electronics, draw a bath before your day begins, light a candle and set your daily intentions.
Tip # 2: Keep it exciting and enjoyable
Have fun with it, and get super creative! Self-care should be exciting and a moment we look forward to! Incorporate your favorite things, for example, if you love tea or coffee, make it your morning ritual, sit outside and take mindful sips as you look out into nature and feel gratitude.
Tip # 3: Make it beautiful
What does beauty mean to you?
For me, beauty is the reminder that everything comes from the same source of love and beauty. As part of my own self-care, I have lots flowers, plants, and things that I think are beautiful, adorned around my space to remind me of why I need to take care of myself in the first place. Beauty is the eye of the beholder, adorn your space and yourself with treasures that remind you that you're worth taking care of.
Tip #4: Be easy on yourself
This is your moment, self-care is a designated time when you get to disconnect from the world and check in on you. If you don't get to it one day, that's okay, you will come back to your self-care commitment when you need to fill up. Be easy on yourself.
Tip # 5: Timing is everything, take it slow
I wake up 2 hours earlier than I need to, in order to make sure I have a lot of time to spend with myself. While 2 hours is a long time, make a commitment to yourself to wake up 10 minutes earlier and set that time apart for self-care. This creates a really nice habit, that way, you always have time. Also, take your time slow, pause before you pick up your cell phone and read your emails, soak in the daylight and space around you, engage with your creator abilities, set your intentions, and care for yourself. Then.. get on with your day!
Tip # 6: When it is not working, change it up!
If you find your daily practices or self-care practices are draining you and no longer serving you, it is time to recreate your rituals. So get your creative juices going and change it up, and refer back to the first 5 tips, especially number 2: HAVE FUN WITH IT, you are here to enjoy the life you live, so don't delay and enjoy the ride.