There are times I’ve fallen short of taking care of myself. It seems almost ironic that something so vital to our overall well-being is often difficult to achieve. I’ve found there are some things that I’ve incorporated in a routine that have helped me on my path to better self-care.
I am the type of person that never drinks enough water on my own and needs to be reminded to hydrate throughout the day. Matt bought me a water bottle that lights up to remind me to drink water every half an hour. It definitely helps! I make a point to fill up my bottle in the morning so there’s really no excuse for me to not drink it during the day. You can check out my water bottle here.
Setting Up a Routine
Our bodies thrive on routines. I’m the kind of person who requires a solid night of sleep to function properly in the morning. I’ve found that if I start to unwind around the same time every night, and get up the same time every morning that it’s easier for me to fall asleep and wake up! There are times in my life when I just can’t follow my routine (late nights coming home from weddings, early morning sessions, a night out with friends) but I try to stick to my routine as much as I can, especially during weekdays!
When I was in high school and college, I suffered from frequent migraines. One of the first things my doctor wanted me to do was have blood drawn to see if there were anything obvious causing my migraines. When my results came in we realized I was deficient in a number of key vitamins. She prescribed me a few OTC vitamins that I now take daily. I’ve noticed a huge difference! While I know taking my vitamins daily is a huge part of my self-care routine, you should check with your doctor to see which vitamins (if any) you should be taking!
Reading is one of the biggest things I do for my mental health. There are so many benefits to reading, I could go on about them or you could just see for yourself here. I try to work reading into my bedtime routine. I usually spend about 25-15 minutes each night reading before bed.
Meditation is something I wish I did more of because I know how important it is. I’ve dealt with stress and anxiety throughout my life. I’ve tried other courses of care but have found that meditation is what works best for me. I used the app ‘Headspace’ and follow along with guided meditation (which is great for beginners!!).
It can feel overwhelming trying to make time for everything. Work, friends, your partner, family, yourself, etc. But you have to manage your time effectively. When I first started my photography business, I struggled with this. When I began to pursue photography, something just clicked and I wanted to spend all of my time building my business. Now, a few years into it I’ve learned to set aside time for the other areas of my life- not just my business:)