Everyone spends time in the kitchen. Whether they are cooking a 3-course meal, warming up some ramen in the microwave, pouring a bowl of cereal, or just grabbing a snack out of the pantry – you’re going to spend at least a few minutes each day in the kitchen.

Now, as a busy entrepreneur, I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a lot of time. I have to build self-care into my already-packed schedule and find ways to integrate it into my life.

The easiest way for me to practice self-care (outside of my 15 Minute Morning Rule) is to integrate it into other aspects of my life that I have to do. I have to “cook” and eat every day. So how can I build in self-care practices into my kitchen habits?

Here’s a few self-care practices for the kitchen…
  • Listen to uplifting music.
  • Load the dishwasher.
  • Eat something healthy.
  • List out 10 things you’re grateful for.
  • Talk to someone.
  • Throw out outdated food in the pantry.
  • Breathe deeply.
  • Deep-clean that pot that’s been sitting there for awhile.
  • Mindfully stir the pot of pasta.
  • Light a candle.
  • Put on an inspiring or funny podcast or TED talk.
  • Breathe deeply.
  • Eat some dark chocolate.
  • Have a good cry (but pay attention to the timer on the stove).
  • Dance like nobody’s watching.
  • Drink a glass of wine.

You may look at this list and think “Hey, these don’t all feel like self-care things.” Here’s the deal: self-care isn’t all about self-compassion. It’s also about self-empowerment. Washing the dishes may not feel like having compassion on yourself. However, it’s self-care because it’s empowering you to treat yourself well and love yourself by having clean dishes to cook in and eat on. It’s doing what needs to get done for you to thrive in life.

It’s time to integrate self-care into your kitchen routines!