How To Start A Self Care Journey (9 Steps)

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For those of you that don’t know my story, 2021 was a super rough year for me. My personal life had been extremely stressful for the ten years prior, and the stress at my high-pressure career in the health field was only increasing. 

I reached my personal rock bottom when I began experiencing panic attacks at work and at home, and was put on a six-month stress leave from my job. I was burned out and broken and I didn’t know if I was ever going to be okay again. 

Luckily, I began to seek help for myself, and one of the first things I realized was that I didn’t love myself, and I sucked at taking care of myself. Knowing what I know now, I am surprised that I lasted as long as I did in that state.  

However, hitting my personal rock bottom propelled me into my own intensive self-love and self-care journey, which has completely transformed my entire life and inspired me to start this blog.  

But what exactly is a self-care journey and how do you start one?  

In this post, we will go into exactly what a self-care journey is, what the benefits of a self-care journey are, and how you start a self-care journey.

What is a self-care journey? 

Self-care means taking the best care of yourself possible. And according to the dictionary, a journey consists of experiences that someone has over time that change someone.  

So a self-care journey means that you begin to experience self-care and it changes you (for the better )
  

What are the benefits of a self-care journey? 

The benefits of a self-care journey are endless, but self-care can help: 

  • Eliminate or decrease anxiety and depression 
  • Reduce stress 
  • Prevent burnout 
  • Improve concentration 
  • Increase energy 
  • Minimize frustration and anger 
  • Increase happiness 
  • Extend your life 

And more! 

Who wouldn’t want just one of those benefits let alone all of them? It seems like a no-brainer to me. 

How to start your own self care journey

1) Recognize your need for better self-care 

The first step to embarking on your own self-care journey is accepting the fact that you need to up your self-care game. If you are reading this post right now, you are probably already there. Finding things that you need to improve on is never a bad thing. It’s what life is all about. 

2) Educate yourself 

Again, if you are reading this post this is probably what you are already doing, so great job! By educating yourself on all things self-care, you will learn exactly what you need to do to improve. 

3) Get to know yourself 

This can actually be one of the hardest steps in your self-care journey. Many of us think we know ourselves, but that usually isn’t the case.  

This can be done in a number of ways: 

Self-awareness is such a huge part of loving yourself and becoming a much happier person.  

[Check out this previous post for a much deeper look at how to accomplish getting to know yourself better, and more ideas on how to do this] 

4) Start small 

You don’t want to overwhelm yourself, especially if you are new to self care. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of self care activities, and trying too many all at once will not be effective and could actually frustrate and overwhelm you and make you want to quit before you have begun. 

5) Decide what activities recharge your batteries 

If you have truly gotten to know yourself, you should have a rough idea of the types of things that recharge your batteries and make you feel good, and the types of things that drain you. This will help guide you through your journey.  

6) Work those into your routine 

Once you find activities that you really enjoy, you should find a way to work those into your normal everyday routine. It could be as simple as making sure you get to take a bath once a week, or setting aside ten minutes at night to journal before you go to sleep. 

7) Check in with yourself 

After you have picked a few new activities and worked them into your normal routine, it would be a good idea to check in with yourself by examining the activities and how you feel. 

You can ask yourself questions like: 

How did I feel before this activity? 

How do I feel after? 

Did it make me feel recharged?  

Can I see myself adding this to my normal routine? 

8) Add in more activities in areas you feel you need it 

After you have checked in with yourself you may find that you feel there are still parts of your self-care routine that are missing. Maybe you picked a few activities like taking a bath and using a face mask, but you are still not eating great and you notice you still feel sluggish and gross.  

This can be a sign that you need to now try to add more physical self-care activities into your routine. 

9) Repeat 

A self-care journey isn’t one where you reach a destination. It is a never-ending journey. The things self-care helps and prevents, like stress and burnout, will always be in your life, and there will always be a need for you to take care of yourself. There will always be a need for you to check in on yourself and tweak your self-care routine depending on what is happening in your life and if your needs change. 

However, before long these self-care activities will begin to blend into your normal routine and will start to feel like things you will have always done.  

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