Self-care is a hot topic these days and I personally have been learning in the past year as a new mom of 2 and while being thrust into a pandemic at the same time, just how important it is to think about self-care. Unfortunately, though self-care has a lot of baggage with it especially for moms and for women. So I connected with my friend and Holistic Health Practioner and Educator, Randi Kay in Fargo, ND. We sat down and chatted on the podcast about the issues we face as women in the journey of healing from pregnancy and labor and the expectations we place on ourselves. Most importantly though she gives some amazing self-care ideas that are easy to implement without feeling like it is heavy or unachievable or carry baggage. They are simple and approachable.
Easy to Implement Self-Care Ideas:
- Make What You Already Do for Yourself a Self-Care Practice:
This sounds vague but anything you already are doing right now such as taking a shower, watering your garden, anything like that can become something special and that can feed you. By utilizing rituals, positive conversation with yourself, and being willing to reflect in those meditative everyday things, you can feed and heal yourself little by little.
- Body Oiling Ritual after a Shower or in the Morning:
We are moisturizing our bodies every day so make it really nourishing in more than just a moisturizing way by thanking your body for its hard work and what it is doing. Doing this repeatedly can shift how we see our bodies and ourselves. It is something we already are doing but bringing intention to it will add a level of connection and comfort with our bodies. You can even try this body scrub DIY to get started.
- Focus on Natural Rhythms:
Trying to doing things with the right expectation for the season you are currently in. Instead of trying to do something that isn’t natural or feels very against the grain for the current state of life or season you are in, find something that easily integrates and feels natural for you. For instance, growing a few herbs in the summer will feel life-giving instead of doing it in the winter. Eating fresh summery salads is best in the summer instead of the winter. Focusing on rest in winter rather than summer.
- Open Yourself to Play and Sillyness:
Allow yourself to relax into play and being yourself. Think less about what others will think and more about what brings you joy. Clean while listening to your favorite song and dance. Listen to your instincts more. Do things that feel full of play.
Self-care doesn’t have to be complicated. It doesn’t have to be an outward thing others see or experience. Self-care is about you and how it naturally fits into your life.
Randi offers an amazing community where you can explore other ways of healing and self-care in approachable ways in her membership community if you are interested in exploring new ways to build your confidence in your journey.