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How Self-Care Has Made Me More Productive

Updated: Jul 18, 2019

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation.”

Audre Lorde

Self-care is good for you - inside and out. 

Self-care includes any intentional actions you take to care for your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

Pampering yourself may not lead to immediate improvements in your overall health like diet and exercise, however, a massage and mani-pedi may revitalize your energy and "refill your cup."

Fortunately, there are many ways to approach self-care, most of them free!

Everybody likes free refills!

Since beginning my practice of self-care, my productivity has drastically increased.


By giving myself some time and space to settle, I'm more than ready to tackle what's on my

to-do list.

Here are some of the basic ways I have refilled my cup and increased my productivity in the process:

Physical Self-Care

Basic grooming, eating right, exercising and getting to bed early are all simple and easy steps to take in bettering your physical self-care. 

So take a shower, eat healthy foods, get your blood pumping every day, and don’t stay up too late!

Emotional Self-Care

Showing kindness to yourself is a good place to start when it comes to emotional self-care. Don’t be so hard on yourself that you can’t enjoy the process; cut yourself some slack. 

Journaling your feelings daily is a great “at-home” therapy. 

If “at-home” therapy isn’t enough, find a counselor. There is no shame in needing help.

Mental Self-Care

Mental self-care has a lot to do with managing anxiety. Making a schedule of all commitments (personal and work-related) has helped my stress levels, and has been a huge form of self-care for me. Google Calendar has been my “go-to” app with it comes to organization. Here is a previous post of mine on how to build your own. 

Once finding where you have some free time in your schedule, plan on doing some of your hobbies. This can include reading, catching up on that TV show you love, cooking a meal for your family, coloring, or even learning a new skill.

Spiritual Self-Care

Find your “church.” 

Take some time every day to visit with your ‘God.’ 

Meditation/Prayer, practicing yoga, spending time in nature, speaking positive affirmations, and practicing gratitude are all wonderful spiritual self-care practices. Take some quiet time, wherever it may be, and have some self-reflection.

Self-care is not a reward and is not an option. 

YOU are always a priority, no matter what else you have on your plate.

It is important to remember this and to always prioritize your personal needs even when drowning in real-world responsibilities. 

If you don’t take care of yourself, no one else will.

By taking care of yourself, you can increase your productivity just like me!

To conclude this post, I attach the following quote from Donna Meagle and Tom Haverford from the TV sitcom, ‘Parks and Rec.’ 


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