You have a lot on your plate. A rewarding job that keeps you busy. A partner or a family that you adore, and want to do everything you can to show your love towards. A social life that sometimes results in one too many glasses of wine while celebrating—or consoling. With so many people and projects vying for your attention, it’s to easy forget to take time for you. But the reality is, that unless you take time for self-care, you won’t be able to care for all the important things in your full life. And while we can’t all take a month for an overseas journey of self-exploration, we can take the time to recalibrate, recharge, and relax, so that we can bring our best self to the table, every day.
If you have 1 hour:
Stop reading and turn off your phone (and if you’re reading this on your phone, well bye!). Then, think of something that would reinvigorate your day, that you can do just for yourself. Maybe it’s:
- Going for a stroll in your favorite neighborhood
- Taking a yoga class you can never seem to make it to
- Grabbing your current book (or a favorite) and reading it while sipping a coffee or tea in a local coffee shop
- Getting a manicure, pedicure, facial or massage
- Sitting on a picnic blanket in the sun and writing out some of your big, hairy, audacious life goals
- Journaling, drawing, painting, taking photographs or another way you tap into your creativity
If you have 1 day:
Pre-plan your perfect solo adventure. Maybe it’s packing up the car and going on a day trip. Maybe it’s committing to seeing 5 (or 2 or 10) new places in your city). Maybe it’s a day-long workshop on a topic that inspires you (anything from yoga, to Thai massage, to nutrition, to cooking, to continuing education, to underwater basket weaving).
If you have 1 weekend:
Extend that day-trip into a weekend trip. Book an extended session at a spa. Go somewhere new. Spend time planning your next big to-do. Take a nap. Sleep in or wake up to see the sunrise. Do any of the things you would do if you only had 1 day, but devote twice as much luxurious time to them.
If you have 1 week:
A week devoted to you is a splurge worth taking. Some options to consider:
- Buying a plane ticket and exploring a new location as a solo traveler
- Booking an airbnb and taking a vacation or a staycation devoted to self-development and growth
- Spending a week at a retreat
If you’re into yoga:
- Find a style of yoga that fits your needs, and preferably a teacher that you feel a strong connection with.
- Use our friend Google and online review sites to find one that meets your needs, is with a teacher you love, and in an accessible location (which could mean down the street, or across the globe). YogaJournal.com is also a fantastic resource for finding a yoga retreat—either one they sponsor or one they can recommend.
If you’re not into yoga, but still want to take care of you:
(Note: there are so many retreats and resorts throughout United States and Canada, and the world that I couldn’t possibly make this list extensive enough. These are some that have stood out to me).
- A spa or resort near you that you’ve heard from a friend or family member is absolutely incredible.
- Kripalu, Massachusetts, United States of America. A health and wellness center (that does include some yoga) with programs on everything from a holistic approach to digestive health to building resilience in your life.
- Green Mountain at Fox Run, Vermont, United States of America. If you’ve ever struggled with your weight, body image, or intuitive eating, Green Mountain at Fox Run is the perfect fit.
- Shambhala, Colorado, United States. 600-acre sanctuary does offer yoga and meditation classes, but it’s more about tapping into yourself, while you wander along stunning mountain trails, 2 hours from Denver, Colorado.
- Esalen, California, United States. Both a retreat center and an educational institute in beautiful Big Sur California.
Taking the time now to take care of yourself, will pay off big in the days, weeks and months to come. Don’t forget to take these self-care breaks regularly to stay recharged!
How do you take care of you on a regular basis?