Use Your Intuition for Better Self-Care
Have you found yourself rolling your eyes as a glittery bath bomb fizzles in the tub during a sacred “self-care” session? Did your back massage, (in the name of self-care), leave you more tense than relaxed? If you’ve ever felt foolish or annoyed after indulging in a sworn by piece of self-care advice that was more of a flop, you’re not alone. It seems as though we’re given a million tips for practicing self-care (something as unique as our individual needs), yet it’s never suggested that we use our intuition for better self-care.
After all, who knows you better than you?! Self-care can be excellent when done right. The truth is that the perfect self-care for you is simply a matter of using your intuition. Here’s how you can use your intuition for better self-care.
About three years ago, I made a conscious effort to step up my self-care efforts. I went for pedicures, took bubble baths with fizzy scented products, and began taking the time to do my makeup.
Guess what. I felt like the pedicures were a waste of money. I became anxious in my “relaxing” baths, thinking of all the things I could and should’ve been getting done. Can you guess why my initial self-care was backfiring on me? I wasn’t using my intuition (or self-awareness)!
These were all things that I never wanted to indulge in before, yet I was cramming them into my already busy schedule. Realizing I’d taken popular advice from articles of self-care, (rather than using my intuition), I injected my self-care with a dose of intuition.
I realized that there was an aspect of self-care I was indulging in daily (even in doing dreaded chores).
Rather than adding to my to-do list, I became intentional. I realized that in cleaning my home, I was contributing to my mental clarity, and ability to function smoother.
Listening to music or a podcast while I clean, using non-chemical cleaning products, and diffusing essential oils as I’m cleaning, are all acts of self-care. Here’s another great tip for practicing self-care without adding another to do to your list.
I was already going to the gym regularly as a stress reliever. I realized that our self-care activities don’t necessarily have to be on a separate list. Intuitive self-care may not feel obvious, since it may be things you already do without taking the time to appreciate their impact.
There are no hard fast rules for self-care, other than the fact that you must be the direct beneficiary of your self-care activities. What are you currently doing for your enjoyment? Those activities are likely part of your intuitive self-care. These activities may be so common that you don’t even think about it.
You can go down a list that’s a mile long on how to care for yourself, but using your intuition (and self-awareness), you realize you truly know yourself best). This intimate knowledge of yourself allows you to understand what self-care looks and feels like for you!