• Ashley Turner

Taking care in September // Self-Care Awareness Month

Updated: Sep 9, 2020

Happy September, friends! Time feels like it’s flying by, I’ve been keeping busy every way I can, and now I'm starting to feel super drained. Mentally, emotionally, and physically. I’ve been so consumed in making sure I “didn’t waste this season” by filling my time and trying to accomplish so much, that I’ve forgotten to take care of myself.

Luckily, September is Self-Care Awareness Month, and it’s the perfect reminder to put ourselves first this month, and every single day. This month, I’m challenging myself to get back to my normal routines of how I like to practice self-care. For me, self-care is bigger than getting my hair and nails done (two things I love and do reguarly), but it’s really about connecting with myself and my needs. Here are some ways I’m taking care this month, and hopefully some inspiration for you as well!

1. Self-care journaling

By now you know journaling is my jam. It’s one of my favorite forms of self-care, because it’s my way of releasing and reflecting on life. I’m really into using journal prompts these days, and one of my favorite people, Alex Elle sends out monthly themed journal questions that are always so good! I highly recommend subscribing to her email list.

2. Practice your love language on yourself

I read about this on Instagram not too long ago, and I think it’s such a good way to practice self-care. For example, my love languages are quality time and words of affirmation, so I take myself out on “dates” as much as a I can (getting my nails done, going to the movies, or treating myself to dinner), and I created an affirmations word wall in my room for encouragement and to remind myself of who I am.

3. Incorporate “play” time into your daily/weekly routine

In an article I recently read by Kendra Austin, she talks about the many ways she takes care. She breaks her days into work, play, restoration, and me time. The play time component is where she dives into something new like cooking a new recipe, or nurturing her inner child with an activity like coloring. I love this so much! I started scheduling reminders in my phone to “play” for one hour every day.

4. Turn off the noise The noise, that is social media. I recently completely disconnected from social media, deleting all the apps on my phone and it’s been so liberating. There’s this pressure or need we feel to stay up-to-date on literally everything, and that can be so mentally draining. Give yourself permission to take a break. I promise you’re not missing anything.

Reflection Questions:

How are you currently practicing self-care? What could you be doing more of?

What's one way you can continue making self-care a priority in your life?

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