As a mental health professional, self care is paramount to my well being and ability to do my job well. I often say that I won’t preach what I don’t practice, so I wanted to share with you five of my self care rituals.
1. Sleep. My sleep is mandatory and highly schedule! I typically allow for 10 hours of sleep each night, knowing that sometimes it takes 15-20 minutes to unwind and fall asleep. The longer block of time also allows for me to wake on my own (BEFORE the alarm startles me awake). If my body happens to need more sleep, it is not difficult to get it with a 10 hour block.
2. Skin. I use a lot of lotion! I have a large bottle at every sink in my house, on my dresser, on my nightstand, in my purse and work bag, at my desk, etc. I find putting on lotion to be a kind gesture to my body; whether it’s hands, elbows or feet. It also allows me to pause for a moment several times a day just to reflect on the sensation.
3. Scents. I am an avid candle burner. One of the first things I do when I get home is light a bunch of candles all over the house. The warmth, flickering light, and scents are all very relaxing to me. I also choose my body wash wisely, using a citrus in the morning and lavender in the evening.
4. Music. I always have music on. Records, playlists, Spotify, Pandora, radio, etc. Music to me is very soothing, both listening to it, searching for it, etc.
5. Me time. To me, this means scheduling time to explore. From new stores, the library, trails, taking the scenic route or walking around the block. I love to spend time exploring and learning about new places, people, and parts of the city I live in.
What do you do for self care?