Happy International Self-Care Day!

Different countries and different cultures have self-care rituals and routines which they participant in, from mountain retreats and hikes in Switzerland, using Ayurveda Oils in India, drinking rose water in Lebanon, to Osen in Japan; creating a culture that values self-care begins with each of us.

How you choose to take care of yourself is a very personal and individualized thing and fortunately, there are many activities we can engage in to take care of ourselves.  Establishing self-care practices is an important part of living a healthy and happy life.  Look closely at your own routines and coping mechanisms used to get through your day. How many of those are truly acts of self care? 

“True” self-care activities don’t have to cost a lot, it can be anything that “makes you feel good”. In honor of International Self-Care Day, I surveyed friends and colleagues from around the world and asked how they practice self-care.  Here are just a few activities that were shared:

  • A midday nap in a calming environment
  • Social dinners
  • Talk therapy
  • Coconut scalp massages
  • Nature escapes
  • Yoga and/or exercise
  • Reading
  • Nightly saunas
  • Learn something new – a new skill
  • Fika (coffee break)
  • Drinking a warm beverage with no distractions
  • Listening to music
  • Dancing
  • Meditation
  • Journaling

It has been identified that through routine practice of self-care activities, you engage a critical tool required for illness prevention, building and maintaining relationships, personal empowerment, and lifelong resilience.

Many people view self care as an act of self indulgence, or “treating yourself”. Trying to shift from viewing self care as an act of indulgence to an act of self care, can be difficult. Here are 12 easy tips to help you get started on your pursuit of healthy coping strategies, continual self-renewal, and stress reduction:

  1. If it feels wrong or uncomfortable, don’t do it
  2. Don’t be afraid to say exactly what you mean
  3. Maintain healthy boundaries
  4. Trust your instincts
  5. Never speak bad of yourself
  6. Never give up on your dreams/goals
  7. Don’t be afraid to say no
  8. Don’t be afraid to say yes
  9. Be kind to yourself
  10. Accept what you cannot change and let go of what you can’t control
  11. Stay away from negativity
  12. Love

Take inspiration from these self-care activities shared by people from around the world and challenge yourself to implement aspects of them into your own wellness practices and routines — whether that’s to have a hot soak, midday nap, or connect with friends. Take a moment to pause and get back to taking care of the only constant in your life, you!

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