Three Simple Self Care Routines To Nourish Your Soul

What’s holding you back from taking care of yourself? Do you find yourself neglecting your physical and mental health while investing in the care of those around you. This isn’t healthy for you. To care for others you MUST care for you. In this episode of the Routine and Things Podcast, I share three simple routines that will get you started putting yourself top of mind. Tune in to learn simple routines that make caring for yourself your number one priority!

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Ashley Brown 0:00
[Intro] Routines, my absolute favorite word, but you either love them or you're working on getting there. But either way, I strongly believe routines can be a springboard for improving your home, yourself and your life. I'm Ashley Brown. And this is the Routine and Things Podcast. In each episode, I'll share practical tips and simple ways to help you consistently live your happiest life, one routine at a time. Trust me, you're gonna want to keep listening, because you're well on your way to getting and staying happy.

Ashley Brown 0:48
Hey, welcome back. I'm so excited for you to be joining me again for another episode of the podcast. This episode is really focused on self care routines, I am a huge fan of self care, I love the self care routines I have a part of my life and they have really truly benefited me and helped me to feel so much more alive, continue to feel like myself and be able to pour into my family and my home in a beautiful way and just pour into the world in a beautiful way. So I'm really excited to talk about this. Today, I'm going to be sharing with you three simple self care routines that are going to nourish your soul. They are really simple, really straightforward. And I want to share them with you. Because sometimes when we think about self care, we can start to think about the really like tangible things, which I think is really beautiful. Right being able to take a hat bubble bath or being able to get our nails done. I have not gotten my nails done in probably a year. Yeah, it's been a year because once the pandemic hit, I have not gone back and got my toes done. So it's been like over a year. And that's really say. So we could think about those things as self care, like getting our toes done, getting our nails done. And I'm here to share with you that that's not the only way to care for yourself. It's not just a tangible thing. Sometimes it's the intangible things that can really be beautiful. So I'm going to be sharing both with you in the self care routines I'm sharing today.

Ashley Brown 2:30
And I'm talking about self care, because a huge theme of this month for Routine and Things is self love for the month of February. And self love is one of those things I've been working on very highly for the past year or so. And I am still on that journey. But being able to love yourself and care for yourself is so vital. When it comes to you living your happiest life, when it comes to you like having a life that you feel good about and living your life the fullest version of your life. Self care is huge and self love. And so these self care routines are going to help you to love yourself. And please take what you like leave what you may. It may not work for you, these may work for you. But I'm going to challenge you to try at least one of them if you do not have a self care routine.

Ashley Brown 3:21
If your self care routine is on point. I don't even know why you listen to this. Maybe for inspiration. But if you feel like you want your self care routine to be a little bit better, if you want to improve your self care routine, if you want to actually start one, this is a great episode for you to continue to listen to. And when we're diving into these self care routines, these are going to be really simple, I mean straight to the point. Because you may be like, "You know what, Ashley, I don't have the time for self care routine." Maybe that's a reason why you have not actually started a self care routine because you feel as if you don't have the time, I'm here to share with you, your self care routine does not need to be really extensive. It does not need to be like a full blown out 10 to 20 step routine. your self care routine can be two minutes. And that's it. So even if you feel like you don't have the time I'm here to share with you, you can create the time and I'm going to share routines today that actually show you that. That it doesn't take much time for you to care for yourself. It doesn't have to.

Ashley Brown 4:29
Secondly, you may be like I don't have the money. Maybe you're like I want to be able to care for myself in a certain way. But it requires you to have the funds to do that. Yes, we want to do the things like I said, get our nails done, get our toes done, get our hair done. Go to a spa. Oh my gosh, that would be so nice right now to just get a beautiful massage. Right? We want to be able to do those things. But that's not the only self care. You can do self care at your home. You even do your toes and your nails at your home. And your hair, you can do all of it, have your partner give you a massage, have your kids try to give you a massage, right? It's ways that you can do it without money. So even if you feel like you don't have the money, the self care routines today, you don't need money for, they are completely free.

Ashley Brown 5:19
And maybe you don't know what to do. Maybe that's your thing you're like, I don't really know what to do in my self care routine. So this is perfect for you. Because even if it's been a long time, since you cared for yourself, so you're clueless about where to start, or you're confused. And you're like, you know what, I want this to be like a really great routine, I'm going to be sharing with you some actions that you can put into your self care routine that just might be perfect for you. So stick around.

Ashley Brown 5:45
And let's even talk about guilt. Because one of the reasons I feel like we do not care for ourselves as women, especially moms, we don't care for ourselves is because we feel guilty that we're taking away time from our children, we're taking away time from our family. And these routines today that I'm sharing with you, although they are going to help you lean more into getting by yourself and actually sitting with yourself, all of them today can actually be done in the presence of your family in the presence of your children. But not only just that, these routines are short enough to give you time to be by yourself to do them so that you feel like you're not taking away a bunch of time from your family or your kids, especially if you feel as if you don't get a bunch of time with them anyway. So that is why I thought about these routines. And they are two step routines. So like I said, very simple, straight to the point of care for yourself in a beautiful way. But it doesn't take you much time. And they are not complicated at all.

Ashley Brown 6:51
Because I want to share a little story with you. I'm going to share this with you briefly. And this was me when I did not have a self care routine. And this was probably around the time that I came home to be a stay at home mom. And I was not caring for myself because I was so focused on trying to keep my home together, which I was not excelling at at all. And so I was focused on that. I was focused on a food blog that I had started at that time. And I was just moving. I was just doing doing doing but I was not doing for myself at all. And at this point, I started to really lose sight of myself. And that made me very, very moody. I'm already a cancer so we can be moody in general, for any cancers out there. But I was even more Moody, I was frustrated by just small things that my baby girl would do. I was like snapping on my husband, he was like girl, you better go sit down. And so it just was not a pretty picture. When I started a self care routine, when I started to become very intentional about creating routines for my home and for myself, I started the self care routine. And after some weeks, I started to feel myself just feel lighter, I started to feel like I was more present, I started to become calmer. I started to become more relaxed. And I didn't find myself snapping on my children or on my husband as often. It really made me feel like you know what, this is so important for me to continue to care for myself. And so it did take that part of my life to really wake up And see the value in self care. Although I knew it was important. I wasn't living it.

Ashley Brown 8:37
And that's the thing we have to go from knowing things are important to actually living out the things that we say are important to us, right? Bring forth that value of self care, especially if that is something that you are really trying to hold strong to and if that's something that is extremely important to you. And so today's episode is going to help you with this. And I'm going to go ahead and dive into the three routines that are going to be really helpful for you and that you should actually think about trying out if you don't have a self care routine, or if you just are looking to improve your own. And these routines do have titles to them. So I did name these routines just to make it simpler as I was going through them. But all of the routines that I that I'm sharing with you, all three can be done at any point. They can be done morning, noon and night, but I did name a few to be in certain time zones throughout the day.

Ashley Brown 9:34
So let's start with the first routine. So this is the mindful morning routine. Going to nourish your soul girl, it really is. So this mindful morning routine includes a gratitude practice and meditation, gratitude practice and meditation. So step one is practice gratitude. Step two, meditate. Simple, straight to the point. What I love about this mindfull morning routine is that the gratitude practice. Oh my gosh, it just like when you wake up, it just brings you right back to the present. What are you grateful for? Because you know how we can do, we can wake up in the morning and then we start thinking about what we need to do in the day. Right? We start to be like, okay, so what's the plan for today? We jump into our phones, which I'm not saying that's the worst thing to do, especially if you have inspiration on your phone. But sometimes, even in looking at your phone, we can then start to like project into the future and just start doing instead of remaining present in that moment. So gratitude practice really helps with this. And gratitude practice has been everything for me in my life, it has been extremely helpful in me just being able to keep perspective, because perspective for me is one of the ways that I stay super intentional, as well as grounded in my life. And so gratitude practice is awesome, so awesome.

Ashley Brown 11:01
Also meditation. So meditation is something that I have included in my life as well. Meditation, I meditate mostly at night, but also sometimes I meditate in the morning, as well. And it just grounds you, like just helps you to sit still, because I struggle with sitting still, I'm not gonna lie, I really do. Like I'm a doer. So it's like, I want to go. Right. So meditation. Awesome, so awesome. So even if you haven't tried meditation, even if you're a little bit hesitant about meditation, I would say give it a try, you're not going to feel like oh my gosh, this was extremely powerful probably the first time you do it, maybe not even the second or third time you do it. But after some time, you are gonna start to feel like you know what, oh my freaking Gosh, this felt amazing. And I actually slept better. Or I actually was able to stay more focused in my day. Or I actually set an intention and that intention proved to come out throughout my day. Like meditation is so so beautiful. So I would say, try meditation once in your life. Well, I would say try it at least three times in your life, before you just write it off as something that isn't really helpful for you. So that's the first routine, mindful morning routine. Gratitude practice and meditation.

Ashley Brown 12:27
Before we continue today's episode, I want to share the free morning routine roadmap that's available for you. If your mornings are feeling rush, chaotic or uneasy, this roadmap can definitely help you cultivate a morning routine that starts your days off on the right foot. To grab this awesome guide and get started creating a morning routine your love, click the link in the show notes or head to routineandthings.com. Let's go ahead and get back into today's episode.

Ashley Brown 12:54
Now let's get into the second routine. And this is the midday momentum routine. Midday momentum routine which is going to help you gain some momentum, is going to nourish your soul. And this routine is play a song and dance. Boom, straight to the point, simple. Play a song and dance, turn on a tune and dance to that tune. That is the routine. You want some midday momentum and you want to get yourself pumped up? Play you a hype song and dance to it. You don't have to play a hype song, you can play whatever song feeds your soul. I'm going to share with you a song that I absolutely love. It is such a vibe. And I hope that you check it out. It's called Sleepless Nights. It is on iTunes. I'm actually going to pull it up right now as I'm talking to you because I want to share with you who the artists are for this song. And so it's called Sleepless Nights. And when you look it up, it's going to say featuring Pheolix. This is such a beautiful song that I love to put on for midday momentum, especially if I want to like pump myself up. I'm like oh my gosh, this is such a vibe so I would definitely go and check out that song Sleepless Nights on iTunes. It's probably available some other places but that's where you can start. So midday momentum routine, very straightforward. So what does this do for your soul? It gets you moving. It gets you moving and puts you back in a happy place. Because you know how it feels when you play your favorite song you'd be like oh my gosh, like I have so much energy right now. Other songs I love to play are like 90s music. I am a huge fan of 90s and early 2000 music, it's insane. My jam. So that is another routine that you can try out.

Ashley Brown 14:54
And then last but not least is the relax and release routine. And this is such a beautiful routine for whenever. You can definitely do this in the morning, you can do this in the midday, you can do this at night, it doesn't matter, but it's just relax and release going to nourish that soul of yours, girl. And so this routine consists of stretching, and mindful breathing, stretching and mindful breathing. You have some movement in there. And then you have some mindfulness in there. Right, relax and release. So nice. Stretching, I don't know if you ever stretch. But like, you know how it feels when you yawn, and you put your arms up, and you're like, oh, that felt good. Do that type of stretching, put your hands up over your head, bend to the sides, you know, bend forward, if you can touch your toes, sit there for a minute. Stretching is so nice because it gets your blood moving. But then it also just makes you feel a lot more relaxed, instead of that tension that can build up throughout the day. And just we can have even when we wake up in the morning. So stretching is nice.

Ashley Brown 16:08
And then mindful breathing. So I love mindful breathing. This has been a very tried and true technique that I use, especially when I feel myself getting anxious, when I feel myself getting really tense, when I feel like I'm about to start getting stressed. mindful breathing really helps you get back to the present. Because when you connect with your breathing, you connect with yourself. And it helps you to be still. And stillness is everything if you're trying to relax and release. So that is the final routine, relax and release routine, which includes stretching and mindful breathing. Those are the routines.

Ashley Brown 16:49
Like I said, these routines are really straight and to the point, right, because if you feel like you don't have any time, you still can do these routines. If you feel like you have no money, you still can do these routines. You don't know what to do, I just gave you a whole bunch of actions you can put into your self care routine. You're feeling guilty about taking time out for yourself, screw that, like these are quick enough for you to get done. Plus, they're gonna help you be your best self. So why not do them. And some of these you can actually do with your family. Like the midday momentum routine, bring your kiddos in the living room, have y'all a song and dance party and jam it out. You can even get your children to stretch and to do mindful breathing, all of these will be very helpful for them. Right will show them things that we didn't have when we were growing up that might have been helpful for us. So yes, so these are the routines I want to share with you today, self care routines that are going to nourish your soul.

Ashley Brown 17:48
I hope that this was helpful for you today. Let me know if it was please shout me out on Instagram at Routine and Things. Tag me. Let me know if you're going to try any of these routines. And be sure to follow along there on Instagram as well if you are not already following along. So that's it for today. Before you leave, let me share some routine wisdom with you. And that is self care is the best care. Self Care is the best care. You have probably heard me say that before. But let me say it one more time for those in the back. Self Care is the best care. Take care of you girl. Make sure that you are loving yourself. And until next time, I hope that you continue to enjoy wherever you are, and whatever you're doing, stay happy and I'll talk to you next week.

Ashley Brown 18:36
[Outro] Thanks for listening. If you enjoyed today's episode, take a screenshot and share it on social, I would love to know you're listening. And for tools to help you start maintain and enjoy your routines. Be sure to head to routineandthings.com. Here's to staying happy.
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