Practical Tips to Create a Self Care Routine
I feel like 2017/2018 have been the years of self-care & thank goodness for that! Personally, my life changed for the better when I started listening to what I needed to take the best care of myself. The cool thing about self-care is that it looks different for everyone. The way I care for myself might not resonate with you… and that is the beauty!
When I started to dive deeper into manifesting the life of my dreams, I came across Danika Brysha. If you have no idea who I am referring to right now, stop reading & go follow her on Instagram! Danika is a self-care enthusiast, Founder/CEO of a multi-million dollar meal delivery service called Model Meals, and Founder of The Brunch Series. Oh, and she has a 200 pound English Mastiff named Kingsley who is pretty comical.
While all of those things are equally impressive, Danika has created a movement with #TheBrunchSeries bringing this amazing event on tour all over the country and Canada. When I saw Charlotte was a stop on the tour, I knew immediately that I needed to attend. See all the stops & if The Brunch Series is stopping in your city here.
On Brunch Series day, 35 women gathered in the home of a local Charlottean and bravely spoke about their struggles with self-love, self-care, and the other things we are sometimes too scared to say out loud. It was a powerful day full of tears (happy & sad), incredible discoveries, and learning how to create the life of our dreams.
Danika speaks about the self-care checklist she created and how it played a huge part in her recovery from self-loathing and debt to reaching happiness and success. You can read her blog post for a more in detail about the self-care checklist here.
The idea of the self-care checklist is to complete it as soon as you wake-up. It consists of a Monthly Challenge, Top 3 To-Do’s, Morning Routine of gratitude, affirmations, movement, and a biography from your future. Now, the key is not to give yourself unattainable goals. As an example, my June Monthly Challenge is to stretch everyday. This is something that can take anywhere from 5-30 minutes, but something that can easily be checked off each day. At the end of the month, you can decide to keep that habit or not, and then add something new in. Before you know it, you are creating healthy daily habits that cultivate self-love and self-care.
What is an affirmation? Here is an example: I am healthy. I choose to eat foods that nourish me. I prioritize my health. I sleep well. I practice self-care daily. These “I Am” statements are seriously so powerful. You might be hesitant like I was, but I have reaped the benefits of manifesting what I want in life. I encourage you to try it!
The biography from your future is just a fun little paragraph and can really take on a life of its own. Close your eyes and imagine yourself 5,10,15 years down the road. What are you doing? What successes have you had? What passions are you living out? Danika describes this as a time of play. Just have fun with it, don’t think too much about it, and see what you come up with!
We covered SO many more incredible things during The Brunch Series, this just scratches the surface. It was a magical day filled with empowering each other, cultivating community, and building confidence.
It is not selfish to care for yourself. Pour into yourself so you may then pour into other people!
"A great life is just made up of a series of great days. If we can just focus on building a plan for a great day, we'll soon find ourselves looking back on a great life." -Danika Brysha
MACY VONDERSCHMIDT / @MINDFULLYMACY
I am a social media influencer/blogger part-time and full-time marketing professional. I love being a dog momma to Milo (Aussie) and little Harley (Tibetan Mastiff). After years of yo-yo dieting and 2+ hour workouts, I found a way to stay healthy and also sane. I strive to live a healthy life, but I never turn down ice cream- ever! My passion is inspiring women to live a life full of self-love and finding their bodies perfect resting place. I take a holistic approach to health and believe you have take care of your mind, body, and soul in order to truly live well. I spend my weekends buying fancy lattes, taking the pups on long walks on the rail trail, and creating content for my Instagram and Blog.