Sometimes life gets busy and it feels like we don’t have time for self care routines. It seems like something that is elaborate and fancy. Something that normal people just can’t work into their busy schedule. But the truth is everyone deserves to have a good self care routine.
They don’t have to take up hours of your life either. Just a few small things can make a huge difference. So what can you do to have a great self care routine without giving up too much of your precious time? Let’s talk about five things you can do today that feel luxurious without the cost or the extra time getting too extreme.
1. An Easy Self Care Routine Is To Wash Your Face
Sometimes at the end of the night it’s easy to skip really washing your face. You’re tired and your bed looks so inviting. You may even think to yourself that you’ll skip tonight and do it tomorrow. It’s time to stop skipping washing your face. You deserve to go to bed feeling refreshed and ready for sleep.
Find a few products that work for you and make sure you leave a few extra minutes to get ready for bed. Wash your face well and make sure you’re using products you enjoy. It shouldn’t be a chore. This should feel like you’re pampering yourself. Give it a try and see the difference it makes. It’s a small change but it will matter, we promise.
2. Listen To Music
Music can help you get out your feelings. Sad, happy, pumped up? There’s a song for every mood. Listening to music is a great way to practice a self care routine that doesn’t have to take time out of your day. You can do this one while driving, doing chores, or just sitting down and relaxing.
If you aren’t sure what you want to listen to, don’t stress. Sites like YouTube and Spotify have lists ready to go. Type in a mood and see what you find. If you want relaxing music you can try typing in “music to relax to” and you’ll see playlists pop up with the perfect music for your mood. You deserve to relax and music is a great way to do that.
3. Take A Bubble Bath
You have to take a shower or bath to get clean anyhow, so why not make it a luxirous part of your self care routine? Bubble baths can be relaxing and feel amazing. They can help relax your muscles and just help recharge your internal batteries.
This particular self care routine might take a little longer than some others but it’s worth it. Just make sure whatever you use in your bath is vagina friendly. Try to avoid heavily scented bubble baths. You can even look for vaginal microbiome friendly bubble bath products online.
4. Turn Off Your Phone
Your phone is a huge part of your life. It’s okay. We all use our phones all the time. But sometimes we all need a break too. We all need to put the phone down and just enjoy the things actually happening right in front of us. Enjoy the conversation you’re having, enjoy watching people walk by, or just enjoy the silence that comes with turning your phone off.
No endless notifications coming in to make you feel like you should be doing something. Just give yourself a break. You may have to be picky about what time you turn your phone off. You might, for instance, want to leave it on during work hours. Just make sure to leave a time where turning your phone off is okay. Enjoy the silence and the sites around you.
5. Find A Self Care Routine In A New Hobby
A new hobby can take time to work on, that’s true. But it also can be time that is just yours. You don’t have to share it with anyone and you don’t even have to tell anyone about it. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate. If you like coloring, get some color pencils and coloring books made for adults. It really can be that simple.
You can also take on something more challenging like learning to knit or crochet. There’s a whole world of hobbies out there so don’t feel stuck to one category. If crafts aren’t your thing, give a new sport a try. The point is to have something you enjoy and learn to do well that has nothing to do with your work. This one is all about you and that’s a great thing.
Final Thoughts On Having A Self Care Routine
You don’t have to spend hours or thousands of dollars to have some good self care routines. It’s just about finding what works for you and your life. If a self care routine doesn’t work for you, that’s fine. Just find what does work and enjoy the “me time” you get from it. You deserve it!
Sarah Nelson is a nurse with 15 years of experience working with a variety of patients. She has a Masters of Science in Nursing and has spent a large portion of her career working exclusively with women in an OB/GYN setting.
Nursing is a passion for Sarah but she also enjoys writing and sharing her expertise online with people who need helpful information. Treating patients well and helping them learn more about their own bodies is a key essential to a healthy lifestyle that Sarah truly believes in.