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Revitalize your routine: A week of self-care tips for sustainable well-being


Self-care is more than just an occasional indulgence. It’s about incorporating simple, sustainable practices into your daily routine to ensure you’re not just surviving, but thriving. Kiaundra Jackson, a renowned family therapist, emphasizes the importance of routine self-care to maintain our ability to care for others.

Day 1: Set yourself up for self-care success

Reflect on your motivations for self-care. It’s crucial for those who constantly give to others, ensuring you have the energy to continue doing so. Make self-care a regular practice, not just a crisis response.

Day 2: Block off your calendar

Reserve specific times for self-care in your schedule. Whether it’s a few minutes or an entire day, dedicate this time solely to activities that rejuvenate you.

  • 5 minutes: Take deep breaths, hydrate, or dance to a favorite tune.
  • 30 minutes: Enjoy a walk, listen to a podcast, or organize your space.
  • 1 hour: Engage in a hobby, read, or watch a beloved show.
  • All day: Explore nature, reconnect with friends, or dine at a new spot.

Day 3: Give yourself a hug

Embrace yourself literally and metaphorically. This simple act can be a profound reminder of self-love and acceptance.

Day 4: Thank yourself

Reflect on your weekly achievements and show gratitude towards yourself, acknowledging your efforts and accomplishments.

Day 5: Stimulate your senses

Engage all your senses to ground yourself. This can be especially calming during stressful times and help maintain mental focus.

Day 6: Practice breathing exercises

Try the 4-7-8 breathing technique to reduce stress and refocus. This method involves breathing in for four counts, holding for seven, and exhaling for eight.

Day 7: Enjoy a moment of calm

Even a brief period of relaxation can significantly impact your well-being. Take a moment to enjoy a soothing visual or auditory experience.

Integrating these practices into your life can lead to profound changes, not just in how you feel day-to-day, but in your overall health and well-being. Remember, self-care is not selfish; it’s necessary.