Truth about me: I hate baths. There I said it. I’ve only ever used our tub to wash our kids or our dogs.
Whenever the conversation of practicing self care surfaces I cringe. Like most people, I’m uncomfortable with things I’m not good at. But this acknowledgement got me thinking.
Why does it always have to be a bubble bath?! Or a manicure? Or work that is supposed to make me feel better, but requires some level of discomfort to execute?
Like somehow if it doesn’t make me better tomorrow, it’s not worth doing today.
What if instead of committing to self care that actually feels like work, I just tried to do something that made me 1% happier *in the moment* EVEN if said act had exactly ZERO return on my investment future 🤔
Don’t misunderstand, I am still all for growing through experiences like learning to meditate, managing meal prep and scheduling workouts - those count too.
But what if I can galvanize myself with the simplest of efforts too?
Here are some ‘radical’ self care ideas that came to my mind for me...
Getting rid of anything that’s not my favorite; I’m talking easy stuff like sheets, pjs, pens, socks, mugs so I’m only surrounded by what I love.
Ignoring the call, the text, the (heaven forbid...) doorbell.
Wearing the unsexy underwear that looks like grandma’s but feels like heaven.
Skipping the 5-step skincare nighttime routine.
Not washing my hair.
Buying the magazine because it feels good in my hands even though I can read it all online.
Pretending I’m asleep.
Disturbing up the pet that’s in my favorite spot.
Laughing too loudly.
Taking the long way home.
Smiling at a stranger through my mask.
Making snack plates for my kids dinner.
Breathing in the sun for 5 minutes.
Saying yes where I’ve been saying no.
Saying no where I’ve been saying yes.
Does any of this resonate with you?
What if our commitments to self care were RADICALLY smaller, simpler, and as built into the day as breathing?
What if we are making lifestyle stress management harder than it needs to be?
What would a ‘radical’ form of self-care’ look like for you? Think small