10 Ways to Incorporate Self-Care Into Your Daily Routine

January 20, 2020 3 min read

10 Ways to Incorporate Self-Care Into Your Daily Routine

According to The American Institute of Stress77% of people in the United States have reported regularly experiencing physical symptoms caused by stress and 33% of people feel they are living with extreme stress. Our fast paced society encourages being on the move constantly which is resulting in people stretching themselves too thin trying to keep up with this accelerated lifestyle. Remembering to slow down and make time for self-care is crucial for living a healthy and balanced life.

What is Self-Care?

So what exactly is self-care? Self-Care is a broad term used to describe caring for yourself. According to clinical health psychologist, Helen L. Coons, PhD, "Self-care is one’s action around our physical, emotional, relational, perhaps professional, educational, and, for some people, spiritual well-being that reflects the way that we take care of ourselves on the most fundamental levels."

You might be thinking that sounds great, but who actually has the time for self-care? Self-care doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming. You just need to be intentional and consistent with small efforts of caring for yourself. These small efforts over time will pay off in a big way. Keep reading to find out how you can incorporate self-care practices into your daily routine.

Make Sleep a Priority

Several studies have reported that American’s are not getting enough sleep resulting in serious health consequences. According to the American Psychological Association, Americans would be happier, healthier and safer if they were to get an extra 60 to 90 minutes of quality sleep each night. Check out these 6 tips to get a better night’s sleep.

Woman sleeping with her pug dog

Schedule Time for Self-Care

It may be tempting to skip out on self-care when you’re busy and on the go but it’s important to set aside time specifically to recharge your batteries. Even if it’s only a few minutes of intentional acts to care for yourself a day you will be much better off than if you wait until you’re completely burned out.

Eat Healthy

Choosing to eat healthy is a great way to practice self-care. Giving your body healthy and nutritious food will not only give you more energy but also has long term health benefits. Because self-care is all about doing things to care for yourself avoid crash diets that are too restrictive or extreme and stick to a mentality of choosing healthy food and drink options. 

Move Your Body

Being active is a wonderful way to be kind to yourself. Not only does exercise have numerous physical health benefits it also improves your mood and overall mental health. If you’re out of shape, start small and gradually increase the amount of time you are active and the intensity. 

Woman doing yoga

Unplug from Electronics

Because of the advancements of technology it can be tempting to be “on” 24/7. Constantly receiving emails, text messages, and checking your social media can be mentally exhausting. Taking time to unplug reduces stress and allows you to be more present in your life.

Make Time for Nature

Numerous studies have reported the many benefits of spending time in nature. Spending time outdoors is connected with so many health benefits such as improved memory, focus and feelings of happiness

Practice Meditation

Meditation is the act of practicing mindfulness while concentrating on your breathing. Meditation is a great form of self-care due to the many benefits on your physical and mental health. You don’t have to be a pro either - simply get into a comfortable position and focus on taking deep breaths. You’ll feel more relaxed in a matter of minutes.


You’ve heard the old saying… Laughter is the best medicine and it really is! Laughter triggers the release of endorphins giving you an instant mood boost. Cuddle up with your most cozy blanket and watch a funny movie, in the name of self-care, of course.

Woman watching something funny and eating popcorn

Learn to Say No

One of the most underrated ways to practice self-care is learning how to say no. We often take on projects, social interactions, and other commitments that we don’t want to do but do anyway because of social pressures. Learning how to set boundaries and say no to people and situations is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

Make Time for a Hobby You Enjoy

Hectic work schedules and responsibilities at home may have made having hobbies a thing of the past. But scheduling time for hobbies and activities you enjoy is important. Not only does having hobbies allow you to unwind and recharge they also allow you to explore your talents and abilities

Also in The Southshore Blog

4 Reasons You Should Make Your Bed Everyday
4 Reasons You Should Make Your Bed Everyday

May 28, 2021 2 min read

Did you make your bed this morning? If not, you’re not alone… According to a survey conducted by hunch.com; 59% of people admit that they don’t regularly make their beds, 27% of people do make their bed on a regular basis, and 12% of people pay a housekeeper to do the task for them. While making your bed is a task that is often looked over, there are many reasons why you should set aside a few minutes to do it. Keep reading to find out why completing this simple task each morning can improve your health and overall well-being.

Easy Ways to Create a Cozy Meditation Space in Your Home
Easy Ways to Create a Cozy Meditation Space in Your Home

May 20, 2021 2 min read

As the world becomes more chaotic and stressful the number of people turning to meditation has increased exponentially. According toGood Body since 2012, the number of people practicing meditation has tripled! It is now believed that globally, 200-500 million people practice the art of meditation. Meditation can be practiced anywhere, but you may want to consider carving out a tranquil sanctuary to pause and enjoy a quiet meditative space in your home. Whether you have an entire room to dedicate or just a cozy corner nook, we put together these simple tips that will take your zen space to the next level.
10 Easy Ways to Create a Beautiful Backyard Oasis on a Budget
10 Easy Ways to Create a Beautiful Backyard Oasis on a Budget

May 12, 2021 3 min read

It’s beginning to warm up and the weather outside is gorgeous! Now is the perfect time to give your backyard an upgrade. Although taking on such a project can seem overwhelming, creating your very own backyard oasis doesn’t have to be difficult and costly. The best part of designing your backyard is that it’s completely up to you to create a space that is as original and unique as you are. We put together these simple tips and ideas to get you inspired to create your very own outdoor paradise.