7 Creative Ways to take Care of Yourself

WHEW. Um, hey there, June. When did you get here? Oh…while Hans and I were busting out an epic garage sale and babysitting four kids? No wonder I didn’t see you come in.

Ya’ll, it’s been a busy week in my corner of the world. It’s been good, but it’s also worn me out. I imagine that some of your sweet selves are feeling the same way, yes?

Summer often gets crammed with sales and family vacations, sports leagues, kids that need watching and gardens that need tending. Summer becomes less about refreshing ourselves and more about cramming the freshly emptied space with more.

Last summer, Hans and I were revving up for our wedding (which my father nicknamed “The Juggernaut” – defined as “a massive inexorable force that crushes whatever is in its path”), remodeling our home (we gutted and redid the entire main level), and volunteering at camp. Oh, and I was working, doing online classes, and living with my in-laws. They are lovely people, so that part was fine, but the rest of it? Not so much.

So this year? We firmly decided to take it a lot slower. Last summer I was inches away from a nervous breakdown 93% of the time, and that’s just. not. healthy. I don’t know what your summer is looking like, but you sure don’t have to be planning a wedding and patching umpteen million drywall holes to stretch yourself too thin.

Embrace some Self Care this summer, dear friend. We need to take care of ourselves, or we won’t be able to take care of others. Here’s how…

1. Spend unhurried time with Jesus.
The best way to take care of yourself is to be with the One who made you, loves you, died for you, and has a purpose for you. Try meeting with Him in a different way than normal…listen to the Bible instead of reading, take time to make a verse into a piece of art, or give She Reads Truth a shot. Check out this list for more creative ideas, too!

2. Invest in your Rest.
Let’s be honest. We’ve all had a few nights where we’ve schlumped into bed with our mascara and the lights still on, totally exhausted. Rest well, sweetheart! Make an intentional bedtime routine. Light a candle, drink tea (or wine…I don’t judge), soak your feet, do a bit of yoga, take time to read a book. Whatever rests you best.

3. Say No.
You don’t have to volunteer for every VBS. You don’t have to go on every family vacation. You don’t have to go to every BBQ. Just because someone asks you, you don’t have to say yes! Set boundaries. They’ll protect you, your time, and your relationships.

4. Clear the Clutter.
Where do you spend the most time in your home? I’ve intentionally kept my desk space simple, since I blog. Just a few office supplies, some prints from Lara Casey’s shop, my plants, a lamp and a candle or two. Wherever you spend the most time in your home, clear the clutter to make room for calm and creativity. Need help? Click here.

5. Ask your people for support.
One of the best ways to take care of yourself is to allow others to take care of you. Have coffee with a good friend and leave the “everything-is-perfect” façade at home. Ask your husband to pray over you. Share your heart with your family. You weren’t meant to do life on your own.

6. Not my circus, not my monkeys.
This quote is just rocking my little world. It’s a good word to remember when you feel yourself getting drawn into nonsense that doesn’t have anything to do with you.

7. Get out of town. (Literally)
Uproot yourself from your normal place and your normal pace, and go someplace new. Sometimes an intentional change of scenery can nourish your heart in subtly strong ways. From just a few hours in a coffee shop in a nearby city, a day hike, or a weekend getaway…getting out of town can give you a refreshing break.

Related Articles: The Basics of Self Care and The Simplified Series | Stress.

How do YOU take care of yourself?

Under Grace,
Rachel

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15 thoughts on “7 Creative Ways to take Care of Yourself

  1. Loving this post. So personal and quippy–a perfect combo. To be honest, my last few nights have been the schlumpy kind, but accompanied by a book it’s hard to label them as such!
    You can bet I’ll be using that Polish proverb at work now. =] Thanks, friend.

    • Why thank you, Lyndee!! I’m honored that you’re reading along, friend 🙂

      YES – a book does make all the difference when you’re going to bed. What are you reading right now?? And that Polish proverb is literally my mantra right now. I love it so much!

  2. I read this just after getting out of a long needed soak in the tub, perfect timing! I am getting better at it, but I still struggle at taking care of myself. I tend to be a ‘yes man’ and take care of others before myself. I love this list, and especially like the idea of listening to the Bible rather than just reading it. I’ll have to try it!

    • Hello sweet Megan!

      Long soaks in the tub are just my favorite 🙂 They are definitely a great way to wind down before bed, too!

      I think a lot of women struggle with self care. We have this idea in our brains that it’s a selfish thing…and that’s a hard thought process to overcome!

      Do you have the YouVersion app on your phone? It’s awesome…I use it a lot to listen to the Bible when I’m running errands around town or on a road trip.

  3. Beautifully written! Thanks for the great reminders, and I am going to be stealing and smiling over that quote often. Hope you don’t mind. 🙂

  4. Oh girl, this was SO good for me to read…your writing is an encouragement to my heart. Thanks.
    I am so challenged with a few of these, and want to implement them this summer:
    asking my husband to pray for me
    leaving the facade of “everything is perfect” at home
    not my circus, not my monkeys…ahem!
    an intentional bedtime routine

    So much good in there! What a valuable post!

    • Amy, I am just tickled pink that you were encouraged by this article, and that you want to give some of my ideas a shot!

      Asking Hans to pray for me was super awkward at first, but it has yielded so much intimacy. Let me know how it goes with Adam!
      Nothing in life is perfect, we might as well be honest about it 😉
      That quote is literally my favorite thing in the world right now. How do you plan to implement it?!
      And – I am so curious to read what your intentional bedtime routine is going to look like!! Please share!!

      Thank you for reading along, friend!! I am always so happy when I see that you’ve commented!!

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