Is anyone else a little tired of how glamourous self care has become?
I already feel bad that I spend too much time on my phone or that I’m stressed out over work, and it seems a little off the mark that the idea of self care can make me feel inadequate.
What I mean by all of this is that I just don’t relate to the picture of self care that is rampant across social media - like, indulging in a massage, making myself the latest superfood smoothie, or laying in the tub with an eye mask on.
Now don’t get me wrong, these things sound pretty damn awesome (I mean, if I’m ever offered a pampering massage and I turn it down, please do me a solid and send me for professional help!)
BUT, in all seriousness, don’t they also sound like a little bit too much? A little too major or a little too time consuming? It feels like something I need to pencil into my already packed to-do list for the day, and what should be a moment for peace and grounding myself becomes a task I chastise myself over if I fail to do it.
So, I’m here to help you shake things up a little.
I want to make self care more accessible, simple, and more effing FUN.
Self Care Tip #1: Shake that a$$
Without further ado, let me introduce you to my preferred brand of self-care.
I want to see you shaking that tailfeather just like P. Diddy instructed us to do all those years ago.
I find it so freeing and uplifting to just move my body and DANCE. To let loose. If I’m feeling tired or worn out midday, I like to take a 5 minute pause from my work, put on reggaeton or good ole Abba, and just dance around and have a good laugh at myself. It also can make me feel sexy and confident, which never hurts!
And while this midday dance break may be more appropriate for the work from home crew, I recommend this form of self care during any activity.
Dance while you’re cooking your dinner, shake it out while you brush your teeth - just find a time that works for YOU.
Take 5 minutes every day to put on your favourite music and feel that positive energy flow through you.
When I lived with roommates, I’d make them dance along with me to Ring My Bell by Anita Ward while we brushed our teeth. It became our odd little nightly routine and it was so damn FUN.
Self-care doesn’t have to be complicated.
Self-care is whatever you do that makes you feel good, and helps quiet stress and worries.
For more fun and out of the box self-care ideas, take a look at the Self Care Bucket List. Self care is what you make it, and this might be just the thing you need to find what works best for you.
Enjoy creating your own dance floors!