When it comes to finding your happy place, we all have our methods. Maybe it’s hiking, working out, cooking, or simply finding a calm and relaxing place to rest. But no matter how you find your zen, it’s easy to slip up on actually taking advantage of it. But no worries, we’ve all been there. Life can easily get the better of us, and after a while, the lack of self-care and ever-worsening habits start to take their toll. And at a time like this, when nearly all of our everyday routines have been shaken up for so long, we could all use a little help. So if you’ve been finding yourself asking “How can self-care help me find my happy place?” we think this post will make you smile.
What Is Self-Care and Why Is It Important?
We define self-care as any activity performed with the express purpose of taking care of your mental, emotional, and physical well-being. There’s no one right answer that everyone will find soothing. But finding what counts as self-care for you and you alone is the key to living a happy and well-balanced life. So here’s to you for making sure it is not overlooked.
What Causes a Lack of Self-Care?
Many events in life can cause us to start slacking in the self-care department. Perhaps it’s just a natural waxing and waning, or triggered by a redirection of interests after a new job, a promotion, relationship, child, or other life change. Or maybe because of a more serious event, trauma, or onset of anxiety or depression. No matter how it started, it’s important to know you don’t have to find a solution all on your own. There are plenty of resources to help you begin your self-care journey. But in addition to these, finding a self-care routine you enjoy is one of the most effective ways to make sure you stick to it in the long run.
The Power of Self-Care Routines
While routines in general get a bad rap, they’re actually incredibly important when it comes to controlling your own destiny. Creating a consistent, easy-to-stick-to routine can help you bring structure into your life, increase efficiency, ease stress, avoid roadblocks, and prevent bad habits from creeping in. All of these are essential prerequisites to finding your happy place, at least in any meaningful and sustainable way.
How to Begin a Self-Care Routine
Here are a few simple rules to keep in mind as you begin your self-care routine:
- Keep It Simple
Don’t overload yourself with overambitious goals. Start with something that’s attainable to start, and then you can always add in a goal or two once you’ve got a good routine going. Don’t worry if it takes a few tries to figure out what an attainable goal for yourself actually means.
- Plan Ahead
Take an active part in setting your self-care routine. Don’t just “let it happen.” Add activities to your calendar, let others know about your plans so they can help keep you accountable, and consider keeping track of your success. For example, if you plan to work out three times per week, use an app like Productive to add a check on any day you actually follow through on your workout.
- Remember Why
Hold on to what sparked your interest in starting a self-care routine to begin with. Repeat it to yourself on a daily basis so you don’t lose sight of your motivation.
Visualizing Your Happy Place
If you aren’t quite sure what your happy place looks like or where it is, there are some visualization techniques that may help. Think of places that please your senses. Maybe the sounds of birds, a babbling brook, or the sounds of the city. Or perhaps the smell of your favorite dessert or flower, or even the sight of an open wilderness, expansive blue sky, or glowing screen with your favorite game or movie. Can a person be your Happy Place? A person certainly can be a part of it, but placing too much of your happiness on anyone else’s shoulders is bound to backfire. So we recommend a routine where you alone have full control.
Recommended Self-Care Routines
Remember that any activity performed with the express purpose of taking care of your mental, emotional, and physical well-being counts as self-care. So make up your own, or try working a few of these self-care ideas into your daily routine.
- Staying Active
Whether it’s walking around a nearby park while enjoying your favorite music, podcast, or audiobook, going for a run, or trying a new workout routine, make sure you do something active each and every day. And if you can’t do it in the morning, try a lunch break or as soon as you get home. Kids making it a handful? See if you and your partner can alternate days and give each other space to stay active and keep each other accountable.
It’s amazing how much joy can come from taking the time to write down whatever you’re grateful for that day, what thoughts may be bouncing around in your head, and writing without any specific destination.
- Personal Time
Do you love hiking, meditation, makeovers, massage therapy, yoga, video gaming, movies, art, or just mindlessly surfing YouTube? Perfect. Set aside some time every day just for that. Even if it’s just five minutes, making sure you do whatever you find fulfilling is a great way to practice self-care and keep your routine sustainable.
- Eight Hours of Sleep
No surprise here. While you may be used to four, five, or six hours every night, research shows that eight is the magic number. So put your phone down a bit earlier, set that alarm, and catch those elusive Zs.
- Meal Prepping
Making sure that what you eat is more than just a haphazard decision is a great part of many people’s self-care routines. If meal prepping scares you, or feels like too big a task to commit to, start by planning just a few snacks, then move up to lunches, and take it one step at a time.
- Full-Spectrum Hemp-Oil
It goes without saying, but what you put into your body is extremely important to how you will feel. Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil is a great place to start. Why? Because it retains all the beneficial nutrients of the hemp plant, not just the CBD. This can lead to all types of wellness benefits for your body. We’ll explore a few of those benefits, and how they can help you find your happy place.
How Synchronicity™ Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Can Help You Find Your Happy Place
Synchronicity works with your endocannabinoid system to achieve homeostasis or balance. That means it makes a wonderfully simple addition to any self-care routine. Simply add a drop or two from a tincture to your morning beverage, sip down a capsule, or rub on some body butter. You’ll enjoy benefits to your sleep, stress and anxiety levels, joint and muscle pain, acne, skin care, and overall mood. Then, use the extra clarity to focus on the activities that make you the happiest. What more could you ask for from a daily self-care routine?
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