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Self-Care: 20 Ways to ‘Fill Your Own Cup’

20 ways to fill up your cup

What is Self-Care?

Self-care is exactly what the word says. It is caring for oneself. In today’s day and age, our lives are so busy, and we are expected to do so much in a short period of time, that often we don’t even consider taking a moment to ourselves. Eventually, we burn out. Sometimes, we are able to recognize that, and take some time for ourselves. Other times, it may lead to more serious circumstances such as mental health illness and depression.

You probably have heard the ‘overflowing teacup’ analogy. In order to help others, we first need to fill our own cup. We need to be well ourselves, to have the strength and energy to give what’s overflowing to those around us. If we gave what is in our cup to others, our own supply of energy will be depleted much faster, and we won’t be able to help ourselves, never mind those we love.

I like to think about self-care, as nourishment of my body, mind, and soul. So here are some little, free or inexpensive things you can do, to care for yourself for just a few minutes a day. Because many of these ideas don’t take much time, many experts recommend doing several of these things over the course of the day. My advice would be to try and do at least three things, one from each of the categories below. Nourish all three; your body, mind, and soul every day, and you will see the difference in no time.

Nourishing Your Body

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This component of self-care focuses on taking care of your body. When we think about nourishing our body, most often two things come to mind: exercise and food. Below are a few ideas to get you started.

  • Go for a walk
  • Replaced the doughnut with fruit
  • Drink a glass of water right after you wake up
  • Take a yoga class
  • Take time to eat your dinner, don’t rush
  • Stretch for five minutes
  • Try a new smoothie
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Truly savour your dessert
  • Try a new exercise video

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Nourishing Your Mind

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Nourishing your mind is all about forgetting about the stresses of the day and taking a minute or two to allow your mind to relax. Often times it includes reading, listening, watching things that bring us pleasure, or talking to people whose company we enjoy. All that to take our mind off of the daily hurdles. Here are a few examples of things you can do to nourish your mind:

  • Listen to an inspirational podcast
  • Watch a movie
  • Read for fun
  • Call a loved one
  • Attend a workshop at your local recreation centre
  • Write a journal
  • Learn a new skill
  • Pick up a new hobby
  • Go for a coffee with a friend
  • Search for pictures of things you enjoy on the Internet and then browse through them
  • Plan your next vacation

Nourishing Your Soul

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A big part of nourishing your soul is based on gratitude, service to others, and truly getting to know yourself. All those things help us realize, that we are just a little speck in this universe, connected in wonderful ways to everything and everyone around us. There are many different ways to nourish your soul. Some of them include:

  • Meditate for five minutes
  • Play with your pet
  • Write down five things you are grateful for today
  • Do a random act of kindness
  • Attend prayer service
  • Close your eyes and take 10 deep breaths
  • Donate to a food bank
  • Cuddle with your children
  • Write a note of encouragement for someone who may need it
  • Pay it forward at a drive-through window

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Other Ways to Nourish Your Body, Mind, and Soul

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There are many other ways to nourish your mind, body, and soul. Some of the activities relax you in more than one way. Self-care also includes pampering yourself in little ways. You could try one or more of these to start with:

  • Sleep in
  • Get a spa treatment
  • Enjoy your favourite gourmet tea or coffee
  • Sing along to your radio while driving
  • Skype or FaceTime with a friend who lives far away
  • Take a bubble bath
  • Play board games with your kids
  • Go for a drive in the country
  • Go on a hike
  • Visit a farmers market or a craft fair
  • Watch the sunset
  • Hug someone

Take the Self-Care Challenge

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Regardless of what you choose to do, take a few minutes each day for yourself. I am well aware that it is not an easy task at times. One strategy I have used in the past during my busiest moments, was to actually schedule me-time. It could be a one minute deep breathing session every hour during my workday or a one hour exercise class. Sometimes it is a lunch hour coffee with a friend or simply taking extra 10 minutes to enjoy my dinner. We all have different schedules and different demands on our time. But in order to keep going, to stay positive, and to keep our body, mind and, soul healthy, we need to take care of ourselves.

So I invite you to take a one-week self-care challenge. Print the self-care challenge card found below and see if you can cross out each and every one of the squares within a week. It would mean, that you need to do about four little things for yourself each day. Feel free to swap the ideas on the card with your own or with the ones listed above.

Let me know how it went.

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Cheers to a happy and healthy life!

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51 Comments

  • Reply
    Dalene Ekirapa
    April 23, 2018 at 7:22 am

    As people get more and more busy, they tend to forget the need for self-care or perhaps, they tend to allocate less time to themselves even though it is very important. I like how you split the self-care tips into sections. I can say that in a way, I think I’ll need to do more of soul nourishment myself.

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    Rachael Schirmer
    April 19, 2018 at 7:05 am

    This is sooooo important! I’m 27 and I’m finally realizing this now…how so many of my problems in life were because I didn’t take the time to nurture myself. Kudos to you!

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    Nidhi Thawal
    March 7, 2018 at 1:24 am

    A very good morning read! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    Agness of Fit Travelling
    February 21, 2018 at 9:14 am

    I couldn’t agree more with all these tips, Mira! Self-care is so important and essential if you want to grow as a person. My favorite part is probably nourishing my soul! 🙂

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    Tanya
    January 29, 2018 at 9:42 am

    This year is definitely my year for self care, I’ve taken on a new hobby, organised lots of friends days and I’ve splurged on myself more than I would. Some great tips here to further this

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    Laura | What's Hot? (@WhatsHotBlog)
    January 28, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    I’m trying really hard to savour dinner time and not to rush through it. It’s a time of day that everyone has to spare a few minutes for and it’s a great excuse to relax a little and refocus.

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    Helen Costello
    January 28, 2018 at 5:48 am

    I like the sound of the one minute dee-breathing session – Great for time strapped people.

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    Angela Milnes
    January 28, 2018 at 2:04 am

    What an awesome post and I enjoy to read this so inspiring and I really want to focus on my self-care I want to relax when I’m going to bed.

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    Angela Ricardo Bethea
    January 27, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Such a great ideas.. I will try one-week self-care challenge into your self care bingo. I’ve been busy this past few months, burnout, lack of sleep and no time for myself because of my work. This may help me a lot.

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    Alison Rost
    January 26, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Self care is something that I’ve neglected for years and now I’ve realized just how important it actually is. I think these ideas are wonderful, they cover everything that you need to take care of.

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