Slow Down, Sis: A Self-Care Check-In
Before you think this is one of those home-spa-day-drink-water-do-yoga types of self-care articles, I want you to really think about the meaning of self-care. While I do advocate for many self-care practices, I also accept that self-care is not limited to daily/weekly practices or defined by the action. Rather, it is a way of life.
Self-care involves mental, emotional, spiritual, and social activities and practices we engage in on a regular basis to reduce stress and enhance our well-being. You can count a pampering session, learning a new language or taking a break from social media as acts of self-care. However, there are many daily, weekly, and monthly self-care practices that you can incorporate to live your best life. But, it starts with you.
How do you practice self-care?
As a wife, dog-mom, graduate student, and a busy career woman, admittedly I struggle with balancing time for self-care. I am always on-the-go, making checklists, checking my email, and attending meetings. Like you, I do my best to keep my head above water. My traditional 9 to 5 has transformed from a 4 in the morning to a 7–something at night. Making time to study, complete classwork, prepare dinner, and squeeze in some cuddle time with Caleb and Chanel my dogs is challenging and sometimes overwhelming. And let’s not forget the curveballs life tosses from time to time. Whew! Often, I look in the mirror and say, “slow down, sis!”
After a few years of trying to balance it all, I learned a few lessons. As an ambitious undergraduate, one of my favorite professors told me, “There is time for some things, but there isn’t time for everything.” I slowly began to apply this saying to my professional and personal life.
To be at my best, self-care is a priority I must practice every day. Sometimes, we think self-care includes a full-blown routine that takes hours, but practices of self-care can take less than 5 minutes a day. A few of my daily self-care practices involve praying/meditating, talking to a family member/friend, reading a personal development article, writing words of affirmation, drinking a warm beverage in bed, and laughing. I always make sure to laugh throughout the day.
Needless to mention, it is vital to do self-care check-ins with yourself to maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Often we are wired by our busy lives with work, school, family, and friends. Furthermore, with technology, we are more accessible; this has its pros and cons. Ultimately, it is crucial to unplug and be still. This can be a time to release stress, focus, reflect, and rejuvenate.
Here are a few self-care check-in ideas to get you started:
– Pray and meditate
– Eat well-balanced meals
– Write your thoughts, feelings, and ideas in your journal
– Read a book or article
– Have dinner with close family/friends
– Create small goals with a plan
– Learn something new (ex. language, recipe, attend a museum)
– Sign up for a painting or sculpting class
– Dance to your favorite song with friends or alone in the living room
– Take a walk outside
– Purchase your favorite body wash and body scrub
Your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health matters. I encourage you to take the necessary steps to incorporating self-care into your daily routine. Take charge! It all starts with you.
I am rooting for you, sis!
Chasity Griffin | DPW Guest Writer
Chasity is an advocate for grateful living and self-care. Her love for people is ingrained in her purpose and she embraces discomfort with courage. As a wife and dog mom, she values families, friendships, and sisterhood.