The Importance of a Balanced Self-Care Routine

Blog post written by Sheila Olson from

Most of us have known someone who complains that something is missing from their lives, that they have an empty space inside that leaves them unhappy and feeling incomplete. People who struggle with such nagging self-doubt may live for years without identifying the root of their problem. It’s interesting to consider how much good an understanding of self-care and an acceptance of its importance could do someone who suffers from such uncertainty. After all, self-care encompasses mental and emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. Its aim is to feed all of your needs so you aren’t left feeling as if something’s missing from your life. That’s why it’s important to develop good self-care habits that serve your overall wellness.

Healthy Diet

Even if you’re not trying to lose weight, eating a well-balanced diet is an important component of your overall self-care. Aim to load the meals and snacks you eat with fresh fruits and vegetables, lean sources of protein, and healthy fats. If you’re short on time to shop for and prepare your own healthy meals, there are convenient, off-the-shelf options that are actually healthy. You just might have to think outside the box to get the right balance of macronutrients your body needs, especially when it comes to breakfast. Superfood oatmeal — by the cup, bowl, or bar — combines just the right amount of protein, carbs, and fat to get you out the door and on your way. There are even options with added caffeine if you need that extra boost!

Restorative Sleep

Few things are more important to your overall health than a good night’s sleep. That means at least seven hours a night of uninterrupted sleep. It invigorates your mind and body, strengthens your immune system, and can even help repair your heart and blood vessels. How well you work, learn, and think depends to a great extent on whether you’re getting enough sleep every night. When it comes to self-care, sleep should be right at the top of your to-do list.


In our busy society, many people find it easy to neglect physical activity because of work or family commitments. It’s not always easy to fit 30 minutes of activity into a crazy schedule. Unfortunately, that mindset can lead to a litany of health problems. Like sleep, exercise is part and parcel of mindful, meaningful self-care. You can’t minister to other aspects of your personal wellness if you sacrifice your physical health. Ideally, you would spend at least 30 minutes a day getting your heart rate up. But realistically, it’s better to focus on small ways you can incorporate fitness habits. If you can make an appointment with yourself three days a week where you take 15 minutes to commit to an activity you enjoy. Alternatively, try biking to work, parking farther away from a store entrance, taking the stairs at work, or walking on your lunch break. When you add small bursts of fitness throughout your day, you make it easier to fit in the exercise you need.
Often, your body will feel depleted and a little sore after exercising, which is pretty normal for most people. However, there are a few ways you can alleviate some of that post-workout pain and soreness in a natural, healthy way. If you haven’t already, look into CBD (cannabinoid) oil, which can also help control inflammation, reduce anxiety, and lessen the symptoms of depression, among many other benefits. And while CBD does share many characteristics associated with cannabis (marijuana), cannabinoids are derived from hemp, so you don’t experience the “high” associated with THC. Over the past few years, the market for CBD oil has exploded, so finding the best oil can be a little daunting, which is why it’s important to check out online reviews from reputable websites before you make a selection.

Quiet Time

If, like most people, your weeks tend to be very hectic, you’ve probably often felt like your greatest need is to get away from the tumult for a few hours and just be still. This is an important consideration and an excellent way to manage stress. Create a quiet spot in your home, a retreat where you can enjoy a little solitude without interruption. Consider adding meditation or yoga to your quiet time. Meditative disciplines are relaxing and help focus your thoughts by concentrating on a mantra or on your own breathing.

Have Fun

Everyone has an activity, a hobby, or sideline they enjoy pursuing. Unfortunately, our work-first society can make us feel guilty about seeking fun, which everyone needs. This aspect of self-care, more than any other, should cater to your individual tastes and interests. Enjoying yourself makes all the hard work you put in every week worthwhile. Think of fun as a well-earned reward, something you deserve just like anyone else.  
Don’t shy away from self-care or dismiss the need to feed your mind, body, and soul. Self-care should paint a complete picture, one that reflects your personal desires and needs, and don’t downplay the importance of building some fun into your routine.

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