Women often neglect their self care practices during busy seasons like back-to-school and holidays. Your energy is put into the children, the shopping, the cooking, the cleaning, or any number of other necessary tasks.
As we go into the last quarter of the year, it will become especially hectic and busy so I’ve compiled a list of 50 simple and essential self care reminders for every busy woman.
There are so many incredible reasons to fall in love with taking care of yourself. Be sure keep these reminders in a safe place and refer back to them often.
What is Self Care?
Let’s be sure not to confuse self care with self indulgence or selfishness because it’s quite different. Self care means taking care of your physical and mental health needs so you can live a life of wellness.
You must also take care of your social, emotional, and spiritual health in order to live your best life on a daily basis. Our world is full of stressors that can take a toll on our wellbeing so we need to take good care of ourselves.
These are some important aspects of self care:
- practice good hygiene
- visit your doctors regularly
- eat nutritiously
- take time to recharge
- avoid unsafe behaviors
- reduce stress
Self care means you take care of yourself the same way you would your best friend — with love, compassion, and patience — so you can do your job well, take care of your loved ones, and enjoy your favorite things in life.
There is a term, positive selfishness, that refers to self care practices that help you become the best version of yourself so you can be your best for those you love. It’s also called self kindness and positively selfish.
Positive selfishness gives you permission to practice good self care habits so you’re able to cope with stress and anxiety and live your best life.
When you practice good self care, you are demonstrating self love that reflects you are important and worthy. So please use these simple self care reminders for self-love and self-care to be sure you’re taking good care of all your health needs.
You should make self care a priority 365 days a year! It’s not something you do occasionally like get a massage or relax on the beach.
I challenge you to do a 30 day self-care challenge to help focus on your self care and self love. It will help you get in the habit of practicing good self care habits everyday.
Why is Self Care Important?
Good self care will help reduce your stress, anxiety and possible depression. It will help you improve your concentration and the amount of energy you have to enjoy life.
Self care helps increase your happiness, productivity, and success because it puts you in the driving seat of your life and demonstrates your worth. It also helps you manage your frustration and anger.
From a physical health perspective, good self care helps to reduce heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
And from a social and spiritual perspective, good self care helps ensure you are grounded, stable, and have a strong support group around you.
Considering the fast-paced and hectic world we live in today, the benefits of good self care practices are clearly valuable. Always remember, self care is not selfish — it’s essential.
50 Simple Self Care Reminders for Busy Women
Use these daily self-care reminders to help you focus on your own self-worth and self-love. These are simple and practical reminders about your self care that will let people know you value your own happiness and peace of mind. Make yourself a priority so you can be your best self for the world around you.
- Get proper sleep… 7-8 hours per night.
- Move your body… get exercise.
- Pause… Breathe… Relax.
- Forgive yourself.
- Celebrate yourself.
- Self care isn’t selfish.
- Give yourself permission to stop when necessary.
- Maintain your boundaries.
- Care less about what others think.
- Declutter your life and your spaces.
- Minimalize and simplify.
- Let got of toxic people.
- It’s okay to not be okay.
- We all need a pick-me-up sometimes.
- You’re already stronger than you think.
- Find a new mindset, if necessary.
- Be mindful and present.
- Maintain an attitude of gratitude.
- Recharge as often as necessary.
- You are enough. Stop being so hard on yourself.
- Schedule times with friends.
- Take a digital detox regularly.
- Get outside.
- Eat your vegetables.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Travel more… it keeps you young and healthy.
- Enjoy your hobbies regularly.
- Smile more.
- Laugh more.
- Let go of guilt.
- Take a nap.
- Apologize if necessary.
- Listen to your body.
- Pay attention to your intuition.
- Do something that makes your heart happy.
- Take your meds and vitamins regularly.
- Love big… show your love to the world.
- It’s okay to say NO or cancel plans.
- Clean up your email and social media.
- Stop overthinking.
- Embrace what you love.
- This too shall pass.
- Journal everyday.
- Say your self-care affirmations.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself.
- Read your favorite book.
- Give yourself a facial.
- Dance like no one’s watching.
- Diffuse some essential oils.
- Buy flowers for yourself.
Self Care is For Everyone
Self care is essential for your mental health. But it’s not just for women. You can be an advocate for self care by encouraging everyone around you to practice good self care habits. Most all of the things in this list can be applied to anyone — self care for students, self care of men, self care for the elderly, etc.
Help change a life by promoting and modeling good self care practices for those around you. There are self care apps you can use and share and self care products you can buy.
You can demonstrate to others that you practice good self care habits every time you say “no” to something that doesn’t serve you well, or every time you take some private time for yourself, or even when you retreat to a quite place to read your favorite book.
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Self Care Quotes to Inspire You
These inspirational quotes offer great words of wisdom about self care and self love. Use them to inspire you to practice great self care habits every day because you are worthy and important.
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” — Anne Lamott
“Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.” — M. Scott Peck
“Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.” — Buddha
“Every one of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.” — Princess Diana
“Women need solitude in order to find again the true essence of themselves.” ― Anne Morrow Lindbergh
“If you don’t love yourself, nobody will. Not only that, you won’t be good at loving anyone else. Loving starts with the self.” — Wayne Dyer
“Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” — Hermann Hesse
“Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.” — Parker Palmer
“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” — Oprah
“Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.” — Brené Brown
“There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling leaves and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by myself.” — Brian Andreas
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” — Buddha
“Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.” — Christopher Germer
“Allow yourself to enjoy each happy moment in your life.” — Steve Maraboli
“It is so important to take time for yourself and find clarity. The most important relationship is the one you have with yourself.” — Diane Von Furstenberg
Final Thoughts about Self Care
I hope you use these daily reminders for yourself right away and start living your best life. As women, we generally neglect our own personal needs first, but that’s no longer an acceptable way of life.
Today we know that self care is a priority, not a selfish act. So learn to believe it and live it! You are worthy:)
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Love to ALL! ~ Susan