5 Non-Negotiable Daily Self-Care Practices To Maintain Balance

Whenever our anxiety levels spike, we feel burnt out, our energy is on empty, it usually means that we’re out of balance. This can go on for a while until we realize that we stopped doing the self-care activities that normally keep our tank full. Things like meditating, daily exercise, self-love, keeping in touch with friends, drinking enough water and just generally keeping healthy.

Because these pillars are so essential to keeping ourselves in a happy state of balance, if we keep slipping up on them, then it’s time to move them to the non-negotiable zone.

What does that mean?

Non-negotiable self-care means that we have a few things (ideally 1-4) that we must do every single day to keep ourselves balanced and well-taken care of.

What does it look like?

For me, that means that every day, I must fit in the time for these four things: meditation, exercise (even if it’s only for 20-30 mins), drinking enough water and following my meal plan. It’s something I learned from my therapist and in just a few short weeks of implementing it, I have seen so much progress! I’m happier, more balanced, less stressed and less anxious. I feel in control, healthier and like I am on the right track of my goals. Of course, there’s going to be days where you are busy, so if you don’t have time for a run, you can squeeze in a mini workout session. The goal is to do at least a few things every day to take care of you.

If you’re looking for some inspiration for non-negotiable self-care, here are a few:

  • meditation
  • running
  • journalling
  • gratitude
  • morning pages
  • face mask
  • essential oils
  • calling a friend
  • exercising
  • being mindful
  • following meal plan
  • drinking enough water
  • taking a bath
  • stretching your body

Don’t try to add several things at once. My mistake when it comes to self-care is trying to create a full-fledged morning routine, filled with at least 5 different things, and all before 9 a.m. What eventually happened was I felt more stressed over trying to fill everything in rather than less stressed.

Instead, aim for adding one thing first. Once that thing has become a habit for you, then add another and another, until you have your perfect morning or day routine!

What are some of your favorites?


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