First of all, self-care is not selfish. These things are NOT guilty pleasures. Sure, maybe they are pleasures in your life but you should never feel guilty about them. Nor should you feel guilty about any sort of self-care. There are self-care habits everyone should have that don’t mean by doing them you are being in any way selfish. By doing them you are in fact making yourself happy which will make everyone else happy too.
Self-Care Habits Everyone Should Have
A good skincare routine: I shudder to think of the times in my 20s I went to bed with makeup on and didn’t bother to wash it off or wash my face. Ugh gross. About 10 years ago I started to get really into skincare and focus on my skin’s needs. Since then I have religiously (even when I was in the hospital post-c-sections) done my skincare routine morning and night.
Taking time for yourself first thing: I try to wake up before my kids as much as I can. Some days I do my workout or walk with friends. Some days I just read with my coffee. Some days it’s just enough time to do my skincare routine without a kid asking for a snack! I think taking a few minutes for yourself every morning is just the thing to start your day on a non rushed note.
Finding a workout you love: When we got a Peloton in 2021 it truly changed my life. I know that sounds weird but it did. This was a year into the pandemic and while I was doing a good job working out at home I wasn’t feeling challenged. I had never really enjoyed spin before and now here I am almost 700 rides in. I do some sort of Peloton workout every day and it has been the best thing for me. Such a great variety and truly something for everyone at every level.
Connecting with your loved ones: This can be as simple as a walk with a friend or a Facetime chat. I do Marco Polo with my closest girlfriends basically every day. We have girls nights in and out. I also love spending time with my parents. I am VERY close to both of them and it really fills my cup.
Having a tidy space: Again, this may be a personal preference. I love having a clean space. I am one of those people who can’t go to sleep unless things are in their spot. I will never have a dish left out in the sink overnight, etc. To me, cleaning and organizing are self-care.
Hygiene: I remember when I was pregnant and people would say “enjoy those showers.” As if once you have kids you can’t shower. I have never missed a day of showering. Tweezing my eyebrows, shaving my legs, making sure you are taking care of yourself first is so important.
I want to reiterate that self-care is NOT selfish or something you ever should feel guilty about. You have to put yourself first sometimes and there’s nothing wrong with that.
What are some self-are habits Everyone should have that come to mind for you?
This post was written in 2020 and has been updated for 2023