Thank you to Kellogg’s Special K for sponsoring today’s post and encouraging women everywhere to make self-care a priority.
Is your schedule packed with so many activities it’s hard for you to even breathe, much less enjoy your day-to-day life? A lot of us think of self-care as something we should only do when we get everything else done. And if you’re like most of the women I know, the very last person you take care of is yourself.
Because our lives are so busy, it’s not always easy to make time for yourself, but it’s important, and you’re worth it!
Today, I’m sharing a few of my favorite ways to sneak in some moments of self-care throughout the day, but first, let’s start out by making sure we are clear on one thing. Self-care is about making your life easier, not harder. Make sure self-care is not just one more thing you feel like you have to do “right” or “perfectly” or even that you have to follow some specific plan. The most amazing thing about self-care is that it can be whatever YOU need it to be.
Self-care is simply about remembering that we deserve to take care of ourselves, and when we do, it not only nourishes us, but also allows us to be available for important things in our lives.
What exactly is self-care?
The term “self-care” refers to anything we do intentionally to care for our physical, mental and emotional health. The key word there is intentionally. You might trip across a self-care practice now and then, but it’s critical to schedule it in your day–it’s that important!
Here are a few of my favorite ways to add bits of self-care throughout my day:
Morning routine – I wrote an entire post about my morning routine, so I won’t repeat that here, but check it out if you want to see what my routine involves. Let’s just say that it gets my day off to a great start. I actually look forward to getting up in the morning!
Exercise – Working out is part of my morning routine, but it’s worth mentioning on it’s own. There are many reasons I exercise, but the main reason is because it makes me happier.
Planning my Day – I always have my day planned ahead of time in my bullet journal. I find that writing things down helps free up my mind so I can focus and be more present.
Journaling, Tea, and Snacks – I love to take a few moments out of my day to write in my journal while having a cup of tea and a yummy snack. This isn’t a typical “Dear diary…” kind of journal where I write down what’s happened during the day. I get real inside this journal. I write about my fears, frustrations, and things that are bothering me. I find once I put something difficult into words, it seems to lose a bit of its power and I can handle it better. I sit down and just let the words spill out of me with no judgment and no editing. It’s amazing how refreshed I feel after this simple self-care routine of journaling, tea, and a snack. I look forward to it every day. It’s a little refresher that goes a long way in helping the rest of my afternoon go smoothly.
One of my favorite snack picks are the protein snack bars from Special K. I love that they are made with real, visible ingredients, and the protein boost mid-afternoon is usually just what I need.
The protein bars come in two flavors: Caramel Pretzel Cashew and Chocolate Cherry Nut. They are super convenient and packaged in the perfect portion size, making them an ideal snack for my afternoon self-care break or to throw in my purse when I’m on the go.
The Snack Bites are also delicious and come in the following flavors:
- Caramel Nut
- Peanut Butter Chocolate
- Blueberry Almond Quinoa
- Dark Chocolate Pistachio
For more information about Special K’s new Nourish and Protein Snack Bites, or new Snack Bar varieties, visit Special K and follow @SpecialKUS on Facebook and Twitter.
Reading – Since I was a very little girl, I’ve escaped into good books. I like the break it gives me from my own life, and I love learning new things.
Quiet time – My kids think I’m crazy, but I never listen to music in the car. I actually love driving my kids places and having the time alone as I drive back home to think and reflect and just enjoy a few minutes of quiet with no electronic distractions!
Daily Reflection – At the end of each day, I use a reflection page in my journal to write down highlights from the day. I include wins, challenges, my favorite moment, and key lessons from the day. I’ve found this practice really helps me recognize all the good things happening in my life, and make adjustments where necessary.
Make Yourself a Priority
Start by getting enough rest, exercising, eating wholesome food, and adding a little fun and joy to your schedule, and you’ll actually become a better partner, parent, and friend.
As you can see from my list, the possibilities are endless. This is where self-awareness comes in. Only you can know what recharges your battery and it’s your responsibility to build that into your life. Never forget–YOU matter!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kellogg’s Special K.
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