Just like it's important to update your skincare routine, it's important to update your self care practice. Things often work well until they don't. Which means it's always a good idea to check in and see what's really lighting your fire, and what's become a chore.
Take a Look at your Current Practice
Before you start making adjustments, it's important to take stock of your current routine. Write down everything you do to practice self care. Ask yourself what's working and what's not.
Make sure to ask yourself why things are or aren't working so you can get to the root of the issue – is it the actual activity? Or is it the time of day? Could you move it to another time? Could you do it more often or less often? Could you change something about it to make it more enjoyable?
Take Away What You Can
If something isn't serving you, get rid of it. Cross it off and don't think twice. Your self care practice is all about taking care of you so you can be your best self. There's no point if you're not going to enjoy it.
While it may seem like you shouldn't take things away from your self care – if it's not working, it's best to take it out. You'll be left with more time to do what really matters.
It's also important to note that it's okay if things stop working. You're changing and growing every day, so there will be times when you need something out of your self care practice, but in three months, you might not need it any more, and that's totally okay.
Keep What You Want
If something is working well, keep it. Make time for it in your self care practice so you don't miss out on something you love.
Add Something New (or Not)
If you've crossed off a couple of practices, you're left with some empty space. You can fill it up with your most loved practices – maybe read more books, listen to an extra podcast, or have an extra bath.
You can also try something new. Venture out of your comfort zone. Try adding daily walks, take more time to enjoy your coffee, or try a new creative class.
Or not. There's nothing wrong with having empty space in your daily routine to just breathe. If you find you're often overwhelmed with things to do, maybe it's best to take a step back and do a little less. Self care is about doing what's best for you.
Updating your self care practice is really important for ensuring you're really, truly taking care of yourself. How do you update your practice? How often do you do it?