How To Start A Self-Care Routine

How To Start A Self-Care Routine

Routine, routine, routine. You probably have a routine— hence that hateful alarm that begs to be snoozed every morning for reminding you of the 101 things that are expected of you each day, when sleep seems so much more appealing! Not exactly a kick-start to the day when merely waking up is a mammoth task, but why is that? Why the lack of enthusiasm and excitement?

Chances are, as jam-packed as your daily routine is, you haven’t stopped to consider yourself in the equation, and auto-piloting through the days’ obligations with nothing to look forward to doesn’t exactly get you jumping out of bed like toast from a toaster as soon as the alarm sounds (understandably!). Luckily, there is a relatively quick fix to this all-too-common issue.

The Power Hour Method

That’s it— just set aside an hour of your day to gather strength and power and you’re good… sound good? Well, in truth it’s not quite that simple, but it could just as well be.

The basis of the Power Hour method is that you specifically set aside time to establish a self-care routine that focuses on your body, soul, and mind— in 20-minute intervals once a day. To put it in perspective, you will feel better and still have the other 23 hours of the day to do everything else. It’s just one hour– that’s just for you. Once you have an established self-care routine, you will likely find waking up to be easier, along with lower stress levels and increased productivity— basically, in all aspects, the days just become more positive and less tedious.

The Power Hour method doesn’t necessarily need to be done first thing in the morning, nor does it need to be done all at once— there is nothing stopping you from squeezing in 20 minutes wherever you can manage, although it does present an opportunity to get excited about waking up if it means doing something you enjoy.

Getting Started

Step 1: Choose your activities

The first step is to choose three activities, one that stimulates your mind, one your body, and one your soul. Think of things you love, new skills you’ve been wanting to learn, or just something you want to try. Here are a few ideas for each just in case:

Mind:

  • Meditation
  • Learning a new language
  • Journaling
  • Reading a fiction book
  • Sudoku
  • Colouring

Soul:

  • Playing an instrument
  • Cooking and baking
  • Reading a non-fiction book
  • Watching a TED talk
  • Listening to a podcast
  • Starting a DIY project

Body:

  • Dancing
  • Non-running cardio
  • Pilates
  • Yoga
  • Stretching

Step 2: Find the Time

As daunting as it may seem to have to wake up even earlier, it will be worth it when it’s for a reason that excites you and makes you want to get up. After all, the benefits of a good self-care routine far outweigh that extra hour of sleep anyway. 

Step 3: Time Yourself

The three activities don’t need to be done in any particular order– try it out and see which works best for you and establish your own best fit, you can even start small and focus on only one of the three areas for 20 minutes per day till you become more accustomed to the idea, the goal (and the beauty) of the Power Hour method is that each area only requires 20 minutes.

Why not keep track of your progress? Either by planning out your activities for the week ahead of time, or even just writing them down each day after you’ve completed them. As you get better at it you may find that there are activities that could fit in more than one of the focal areas, so it will be up to your own personal interpretation to decide which area they fit for you.

A good outcome is looking forward to getting up each day, maybe even doing some exercise that doesn’t feel like punishment! It also needs to be said that the Power Hour isn’t expecting miracles of you– you don’t need to try something new every day or have something to showcase to justify your time at the end of the week–  it’s for you, your body, mind, and soul.

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