Welcome to 2021 (bless), which brings promises of new beginnings. While resolutions may vary from person to person, some iteration of self-care is almost a universal goal. Ironically, it’s easy to forget about yourself when attempting to accomplish things for yourself. Here’s 7 steps to practice self-care when starting afresh:
- Purge– Whether it’s your closet, skincare routine, thoughts or relationships, let go of the things that don’t fulfill you anymore; the process can be tedious and difficult at times, but it leaves more space in your life to grow from.
- Reflect– Take some time to reflect on the goals you want to achieve, and the aspects of your life to focus on. Reflect on the things that bring you joy and create your goals and routines around them.
- Create Rituals– Focus on creating rituals rather than habits. The longer your rituals are, the less likely you are to maintain them, so keep it simple! Whether it’s brewing a cup of tea in the morning, a simple skincare routine of cleansing and moisturizing (ahem Romer!), a quick stretching routine or even a few minutes of meditation or journaling – any of these can be so beneficial. Taking the time to be present in these moments allows you to invest time and effort into yourself, which brings us to the next step.
- Work yourself into your schedule– It’s easy, especially now, to get lost between the different roles we play in our lives, so schedule in some time for yourself. Take a moment to put on a face mask (we obviously love our Romer Treat mask), watch a movie, or soak in the tub with a great playlist on in the background- whatever calms and enriches you.
- Explore– Discover passions you may not have realized you’ve had by exploring new hobbies. The internet makes it easy to explore from the comfort of your home (read: in your pjs). Take an online course on something you’ve always wanted to try (or maybe something you’ve never even heard of) and allow yourself that investment into yourself. Our Founder Lauren is taking Bridge Lessons. Anyone else out there a soon-to-be cardshark?
- Have fun with it – While you’re in the mode of sticking to your resolutions, remember to make those changes in the context of things you genuinely enjoy doing. For example, if you’re attempting to work out every day, don’t force yourself into intensive HIIT exercises if you don’t enjoy them. Instead, find a workout that’s fun; whether that’s Yoga, Pilates, or even a dance class, contextualizing your resolutions to be fun makes them more likely to sustain. Try the Treat mask while working out- productivity at its finest.
- Take it slow– Real talk-this time of the year is ripe with opportunity but also brings huge amounts of stress to revamp and achieve every goal possible; social media makes this pressure even more prevalent, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. The most important aspect of self-care is being kind to yourself, which is so important during the restart process. You’re probably going to default on your resolutions at least once, it may take you longer to achieve your goals than you initially thought, and there may be bumps in the road ahead. That’s totally okay and expected. No one can take care of you better than yourself!
We hope you have a fantastic year ahead. One that’s filled with love and growth. Cheers to 2021!