Solo Self-Care Routine: How to Take Care of Yourself When Living Alone
Living alone is a wonderful experience, but it can easily go downhill if you don’t take care of yourself.
You are met with many opportunities to improve your physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. Self-care is very important, and there is no better time to devote time to it than when living alone.
In this article, we will cover some things you can do to ensure that you don’t just live on your own, but thrive and improve your wellbeing.
So, whenever you’re ready to learn about the very possible future of your solo life, keep reading.
Discover Who You Are
Everybody has lived with other people at some point, and that’s fine. Everybody has to do it at some point. No matter if you’re in college, home, with roomies, it’s very hard knowing who you really are.
This is even harder if you’re a people pleaser. In any case, being different around your friends is not bad, it’s still part of who you are. But there’s something special about living alone that allows you to experience who you “truly” are.
You can find what you spend your time on, what you think about, how clean you are when alone, what shows you watch, what hobbies you pick up, and so forth.
It’s essential to have friends and socialize, especially when living solo, but you should also make great use of the alone time that you have. After all, you will decide what you get to do with it and how you make use of it.
Follow the Passion
Living alone gives you lots of time to do what you like or the exact opposite of what you like. Living with others takes away some of that opportunity because there’s simply another energy, another life, another purpose, other thoughts around you.
Your roommates are making lunch together. Your housemate is chilling in the backyard. Your friends come over for a show binge. Everybody enjoys life, so you probably won’t pass up on these experiences.
But when living alone, these distractions glide into the background. You’re on your own and you get to choose what you do.
To take care of yourself, all you need to do is find out who you are and to follow the passion of that which you are. Both of those things go hand in hand. Now let’s get into some of the actionable things you can do for your self-care.
Yoga is just that good. Yep, you’ve probably heard about it time and time again, it’s a cliche to some degree. But It’s a great way to get energy or calm yourself, or both.
Practicing yoga at home means you don’t have to waste time with some creeps looking at you during public class. Yoga is great in many ways, so don’t miss out on the easy opportunity to get in shape and have fun.
There are very few drinks that are better for your body than tea. Loose-leaf tea can be bought in large quantities very affordable. Buy it by the ounce, and have it in your cupboard for weeks on end.
Teas are and were prescribed for a variety of ailments, starting with energy problems, sickness, sleeping issues, cramps, and much more. The list is pretty much endless.
Having a daily routine, such as tea preparation and drinking can be great for your overall wellbeing. Before drinking any special tea, check a 24 hour medical answering service so that you avoid any counter-indications with medication or conditions.
Journaling is an amazing activity that takes up little time but makes all the difference. Buy yourself a $5 Moleskine journal and do whatever you want with it. Your writing style will probably change over time, you can write affirmations, journal about experiences, write down thoughts.
You can also keep track of your mood and emotions. It’s up to you, whatever you might need at the moment, you can do that. However, starting is the hard part.
Adopt A Friend
Did you want a pet when you were younger, but your parents refused you? Well, you live alone, so you might one to consider getting one.
Most people don’t just want a pet, they need one. Pets are great for our sake, and their sake as well. Living alone can get lonely, it’s in the word. If you sit alone all day, it does not matter how much yoga you do or how much you write, you will get lonely at some point.
The best solution to this is a pet in many cases. First, it’s a responsibility – you have to take care of them as much as they take care of you, if not more. Pets can help you cope, rethink things, and get out of your own head.
Not only are plants great for improving air quality, but they also change the entire atmosphere. Go to your local plant store, look for plants that are resilient and do well with little sunlight and water.
You can also look for air-purifying plants that will improve your household even more. Take care of the plants, let them flourish, and watch your living space transform. Plants are responsive to the environment, so you will easily know if something is wrong with your home.
They can tell you if there is too much bad energy if there is a water problem if there is not enough light, and much more.
Meditate and Take Care of Yourself
You’re no longer in a dorm, and you’re not sharing a room with your siblings. If you have not invested time into meditation, you have not invested much time into living. Meditation is a process of return to our natural states of being.
Light some candles, dim the room, use some incense, and close your eyes. Meditation is not hard, it’s the process of meditation that is. But that’s also the problem, meditation is not a process.
It’s a state of being. There are many ways to approach meditation, such as breathing meditation, walking meditation, so on and so forth.
Spice Up Your Environment
Your household says a lot about you. You can always spice things up by adding some wall art, which does not add clutter to desks or drawers, but still beautifies the home quickly.
There are so many ways to spruce up your home. Lights, rugs, smells, colors, fabrics, textures, etc. Look for inspiration on Etsy, Pinterest, and Society6. You can find some great prints, items, and other accessories to make your home reflect your being.
Your Self, Your Care
Now that you know how to take care of yourself, you can start to implement these simple self-care activities in your life. It takes time to see change, but it’s well worth it.
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