LIFESTYLE

My Thoughts on Self-Care for the Mind, Body, and Soul

I feel like ‘self-care’ is a phrase that’s been thrown around a lot lately. And just like trends in fashion, everyone has their own way of interpreting it and definite what self-care means to him or her. Overall, it’s something that you do that takes care of YOU. I spend a lot of my time doing things for other people.  Between my family, my team and everything in-between- I don’t get many chances to spend much need (and much neglected) “ME” time. So today, I wanted to share with you some tips on self-care for the mind, body, and soul that I’m making more of an effort on incorporating into my life.  As they say, you have to make sure you’re 100% before you can be 100% to anyone else.

1. Make Healthy Choices

Making healthy food choices is easier said than done. But making a conscious effort to grab fruit instead of chips, or some berries instead of sweet can really make all the difference! The important thing is to hold yourself accountable, but don’t lock yourself in that box. Being able to indulge every once and a while can keep you sane!  Remember when I challenged myself to quitting sugar? It was a lot easier to do than I thought!

2. Affirmations 

You’ve heard about the power of positive thinking, right? Well, affirmations are like taking that positive thinking and putting those thoughts into tiny bite-sized phrases that you can repeat and remind yourself of throughout the day. Some of the girls on the CINCteam write down the affirmations on post-its and stick them throughout their apartment- so it’s always front of mind. Something we picked up from my girl, Jana WilliamsOne of my favorites (that the entire team loves as well) is ‘I accept and expect abundance.”

I really am an LA girl, through and through. That’s why as cliché as it may sound, my go-to breakfast is avocado toast! It’s super fast and easy to make, and it helps keep me full. I like to add some yummy grains (like I talked about here) or for a little spice- some red-pepper flakes! Already knowing what I’m going to eat helps streamline my mornings and lets me spend more time with Chloe!

4. Alone Time

Having alone time is such a foreign concept to me sometimes. Between being a mom, a wife and running my business- sometimes it feels like there’s no time left for me! Recently, I’ve made it a point to wake up a little bit earlier before Allen and Chloe so I can have at least an hour of peace and quiet. Weather I use that time to do some of the things on this list or just sit in silence- having that extra time to gather my thoughts really helps me keep my head on straight and prepare me for whatever comes my way.

 

I’m a firm believer in face masks. They make your skin feel great, they feel like a mini spa, and it’s a great way to take even 10 minutes to pamper yourself. If you’re in a pinch, this DIY mask of yogurt and honey is super easy to make, leaves my skins super glowy and refreshed.

Taking time to read and study is a great way to learn something new and wind down before bed. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m on my phone or laptop way more than I should. Being attached to a screen for that long and that late can really disrupt sleep. So instead of being sucked into my screen, I’m trying to take at least 30 min every night to read!

7. Take A Break

Like I said above, I’m on my screen A LOT. So much so that I can easily lose track of time. So during long work days, I set a reminder on my phone to take a break and step away. I have the girls at the office do this too! Looking away from a computer or phone screen even for 5 minutes at a time can make you feel so much better. This is especially true if you’re prone to headaches! Just take a second to step away. Your eyes, optometrist and entire body will certainly thank you!

8. Journal

Journaling is something I’ve just picked up. Whether chronicling your day and thoughts, writing down some of your favorite quotes or even doodling. I’ve found that getting things out of my head and physically onto paper is extremely cathartic. Plus, having an excuse to pick up a cute notebook doesn’t hurt 😉

9. Podcasts

I don’t think I can say this enough but I LOVE podcasts. I think my team is sick of me talking about them so much but with my long commute to and from the office, I have a ton of podcasts that I listen to on rotation. Some of my favorites right now are Accidental CreativeThe Hidden Brain and Magic Lessons with Elisabeth Gilbert! I got really tired of listening to the same songs over and over again and have been taking full advantage of that commute to make it have a really positive and meaningful impact on my mornings.

 

The best advice I can give you is to GET MOVING! Taking a walk, a hike, a run- anything to get your blood pumping! The activity is going to help clear your head and make you feel better. I try to work out at least three times a week, or go for afternoon/evening walks with the family! I think I get some of my best ideas when I work out. Plus, there’s nothing like a good run to blow off steam and clear your mind!

Just like anything, committing to these self-care tips take time. Though I wish I could tell you I have it all figured out- I don’t! Just like you, I’m learning and growing every day. So if you have any self-care tips that you swear by, I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment below and have a great day!

sigxo_chriselle

29 Comments
  • Devina says:

    Thankyou CINC team for sharing this posts!
    So helpful and remind me as well to do a self-care

    Been enjoying every of your blog post Chriselle!

    your loyal reader from Indonesia here 🙂 #StayChic

    Devina Mardiputri
    https://www.defineyourstyle.net

  • Tanja says:

    Wonderful Tips!
    Happy Day…
    xo Tanja
    http://www.tbfashionvictim.com

  • Alison says:

    This post was just what I needed. I have been forgetting to take care of myself far too often as of late, all of these tips are great reminders to try to be the best version of myself.

    Thank you, Chriselle! <3

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  • Ashley says:

    Wonderful tips! I need to get back into my podcasts 🙂

    XOXO,
    Ashley | r e a s y u m e
    http://reasyume.com

  • Daniela H. says:

    Definitely trying the yogurt face mask! Thank you for sharing all your tips. I’m attending my first semester as a junior at CSUF and on my free time I really enjoy reading your blog or seeing your Instagram posts!! 💌 You are very inspirational. Xox

  • Christiane says:

    I Love this post!!! Especially your podcasts suggestions, I am always looking for new ones so thank you!!

  • Elizabeth says:

    Yes, self-care really is such a trend lately, but everyone really does have their own take on it! <3 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing all of these great tips!

    XO, Elizabeth
    http://clothestoyouuu.com/

  • Nicolette says:

    I love all your tips. I do a lot of this on a daily basis. My favorite podcasts are tony robbins and I try to journal on a daily basis.

    http://www.fashionworthknowing.com

    xoxo,
    Nicolette

  • Gabby says:

    This is a beautiful post and I love all your tips!! I’m an avo toast lover as well, maybe I’ll even have it for lunch today!! 🙂
    -Gabby
    http://www.orcuttfamilydentistry.com

  • Hanka Gerretsen says:

    Thank you for the very useful tips! The ones of reading/studying and writing inspire me a lot to get peace of mind.

  • Julia Comil says:

    Love all those tips! Taking time for yourself and reading more are definitely on my list!

    Xoxo
    Julia Comil
    HouseOfComil.com

  • great tips Chriselle. I do struggle to find any free time to myself torn between my corporate job and blogging, however this is so important to take that one step back at times and just relax in your own company.
    I’m also a firm believer in face masks and I’m always on a lookout for some great new products. Thanks for sharing and have a fantastic day
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  • Hi Chriselle, I really liked this post and it is undoubtedly important to take some time just for us. I try to read every day, but it’s been difficult lately because after a long day at work I just want to get home, take a shower and sleep … but I’ll make time for myself. I also introduced the avocado into my breakfast and I have adored it, it is a very health food. Thank you for your inspiration.

  • Natalia says:

    I love these tips and have included some of them into my routine. A very impotant step for me is sleep! I know it is hard sometimes, but I try to keep a sleep routine so that I am not tired throughout the day. Thank you for sharing your great tips!!

  • Steffi says:

    I love these and have been practicing these this year too! I feel like affirmations have really made a huge difference in my life and day-to-day emotions.
    Another great podcast you might like too is “How I Built This”- it’s about how entrepreneurs built their businesses.
    So glad you’re encouraging others to take care of themselves- I’m definitely gonna have to whip up a DIY face mask tonight too! 🙂

    http://honeyandginseng.com – natural & kbeauty obsessions

  • Magda says:

    Great post! I love avocado toast for breakfast too! 🙂

    http://www.gloryofthesnow.com

  • mel says:

    Loving all of these tips and know that I definitely have to start implementing some of them. I love the idea of keeping a journal! So cute!

    xx, mel
    http://melinspired.com/amazon-beauty-must-haves-under-20/

  • Diana says:

    Great tips!! I’m currently in the process to doing a deep cleanse of what I eat. It’s hard and a learning process but I’m going to add the affirmations to my routine. Positive thinking 🙂

    || The Neon Factor, by Diana ||
    http://www.TheNeonFactor.com

  • Megan says:

    Yes… this is so important. For me, going to the gym is my way of chasing alone time. I catch up on podcasts while running on the treadmill, zone out while lifting weights, or meditate and practice affirmation in a yoga class. Plus I’m lucky my gym has a nice sauna! It’s not even about managing my weight or figure… it just feels good! Thanks so much for sharing.

    x Megan
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/blissus

  • Natali says:

    Alone time, eating well and being active are tree most important components in keeping my mind and body sane and in good shape!
    Self love is great and the more we realise how much benefits we get from taking care of ourselves the more we will make it a priority
    to never loose the track of “looking after ourselves”.

    https://lartoffashion.com

  • Kim says:

    I definitely need to try reading more.. I’m so bad about always looking at my phone! These are great tips!

    Kim

    http://trendkeeper.me – Sweater weather!

  • Marianne says:

    A very beautiful post!
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts 🙂 <3
    xx
    http://mariannelle.com

  • Mireia says:

    Absolutely love it!

    Mireia from TGL
    https://thegoldlipstick.com/

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