Make yourself a priority
One of my favorite quotes I have seen about self care is "You have to nourish to flourish!" I wasn't good at self care. As a matter of fact, I love giving other people gifts or encouraging them to care for themselves. But I had to learn to put myself first through treatment. I had to learn to nourish. But, self care is important for anyone. So, I thought I would compile a list of ideas for self care, and share them. I hope you can find some that you can put to use.
When you just have a few min:
Make your favorite drink
Do 5 min of focused breathing
Buy yourself some flowers
Put on a beauty face mask
Take a cat nap
Listen to relaxing music
Defuse some essential oils
One of my favorite things to do to center myself when I have just a few minutes is to journal. I try really hard to focus on the good and gratitude! I have found some fun journals ... I might be in the habit of collecting journals. Here are some of my favorites:
Good days start with gratitude: https://amzn.to/3pc4tAb
100 Days of Grace & Gratitude: https://amzn.to/39ReiwU
100 Days of Joy & Strength: https://amzn.to/3sQD48T
When you have more time:
I am not going to lie, I think I try to save self care for times when I have an extended amount of time and I probably should take some of my own advice from above. But here are some of my favorites cause I like having plenty of time for self care:
Spend time with a friend
Go for a walk
Bake something yummy
Read a book
Get your nails done
Do your nails... I am a big fan of Color Street!
Take a bubble bath
Go on a solo date (roam target or TJMaxx)
Splurge on something for yourself -my favorite is a new outfit or shoes!
Get a massage - or get yourself a foot massager! https://amzn.to/39a0UVn
I was recently at my friends house and her little son brought me this contraption in the picture, and told me to put my feet in it! He is a rowdy little boy so I was skeptical hahaha.... But once I finally trusted him, it was AMAZING! It was foot massager with a heater... a foot heater for a cancer patient is THE BEST! Neuropathy makes your toes HURT.. and it is worse when it is cold! This is such a gift for the cancer patient! If you know someone this is a great gift... kind of expensive but worth it!! It also had settings to make it massage soft or harder. It would be the perfect self care item... Netflix and Chill with this hahaha!
The thing that I always tell myself about self care is that it is not selfish! Taking care of yourself is important. It is imperative to healing - no matter what you are healing from.