What do you do on a daily basis to support your well-being? Do you prepare healthy meals? Go to the gym? Meditate? Drink plenty of water? Daily self-care rituals help you stay focused on your health goals. My clients call me the queen of self care rituals because all I do is focus on my recovery and wellness goals. I refused to relapse like I did in back in 2013 due to burnout, overwhelmed, and feeling exhausted. Today I'm doing all I can to stick to and maintain my sober lifestyle free of codependency people pleasing, sugar addiction and emotional binge eating. This year I'm celebrating 7 years in full remission living life in recovery.
In my opinion, practicing routine self-care in a constructed way helps to release stress, learn new habits, and reach your goals. There are three main things I see in my counseling and coaching practice that make people have a bit of difficulty with this:
1️⃣Not Selecting the Correct Activities
Your chosen activities should directly address your stressors and fit your lifestyle. They should feel fun and interesting to you.
2️⃣Not Having an Intention
Your intention helps to guide the direction and the focus of your practice. It helps you to stay grounded.
3️⃣Not Practicing in a Structured Way
Your self-care routine should have a set time and space. This creates the framework for consistency and ease.
If you, IN ANY WAY, associate ‘Self-Care’ with ‘Chore’ then you’re doing it wrong.
Your self-care routine should not feel like a list of chores. There may be a time in life when you feel very excited about the idea of practicing meditation, journaling, going for daily walks, and eating better. You begin to tell yourself you’ll do a brisk walk in the evenings —every evening, then you’ll do some skincare rituals before bed. After a while your self-care routine begins to feel like a list of chores.
Your self-care practice should be one that calls to you not something you do because you feel like it's something you should be doing. You should want to engage with it. It should be fun for you. I love to put my Avon Anew Gel Cleanse on my face every morning and night because I love the way it makes my face look and feel afterwards. My middle daughter does the same rituals. However my hubby only like to use the Anew exfoliate scrub about two times a week. My oldest daughter only want to use the charcoal mask. My son don't want to use anything but has too due to the acne skin that high schoolers usually go through. My youngest daughter prefer warm water only. Self care is a personal choice just like food preference. This is why in my wellness workshop last weekend with my Skincare classes participates for my Avon Customers I talked about creating a self-care routine for the fall and winter I gave you these suggestions:
1. Start Slow
You don’t have to do walks every day at the end of the day. Three times a week would do. You don’t have to start off doing a two mile jog. You can start with a long walk to relax the day away.
Choose practices that call to you and that fit your lifestyle. Don’t do something you’re not excited about, that doesn’t fit you, or that you really don’t want to do.
Choose products you love. Even if that means using only warm water like my daughter. Everyone skin is different. Do what is best for you.
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🍁If you want to live life in recovery like me think about the three statements I mention above and make adjustments to improve your daily habits. Happy Holidays Guys!
Help Developing A Plan For Self Care
Do you want help developing a self care plan that works for your own busy schedule? Do you want accountability implementing a self care plan? If you or someone you love is struggling to maintain optimal mental and emotional health, consider reaching out to Spiced Life Conversation Art Wellness Studio and Botanica. We are a Metro Atlanta, Conyers Georgia area. We are a coaching and counseling practice with empathetic, skilled counselors and recovery coaches who can help you set goals, develop a self care routine and move forward to build a more fulfilling life. Our team would be happy to work with you either just for a couple of sessions to develop and implement a Self Care plan or longer term to work toward overall better mental health within our membership site or other programs.
About The Author:
Dr. Nikki LeToya White MSEd-TL, Ph.D. RHN is the founder, director and a full time board certified trauma-informed nutritionist, folk herbalist, and wellness consultant at Spiced Life Conversation Art Wellness Studio and Botanica. She created Spiced Life Conversation, LLC
Art Wellness Studio and Botanica to provide the Metro Atlanta area with a counseling and coaching services where clients are carefully matched with the right program for healing abandonment and childhood emotional neglect trauma that cause codependency, emotional eating, financial stress, and imposter syndrome as it relates to fear of success and being abandon. We help you begin your emotional healing journey with ease. Recently, we have expanded to include online membership site so we now provide support to people living all over the world. All of our recovery coaches provide at least one evidence based treatment to assist in your recovery. Dr. White is a big proponent of self care and helping people live a fulfilling life! She has been in full remission with both codependency and emotional binge eating disorder since 2016. In live a life in recovery from sugar addiction. Loving her low sugar balance lifestyle.
Dr. Nikki LeToya White