Getting in self-care is not just about relaxing. Self-care is a part of your wellness and health care prevention plan. If you have been quarantined during any part of this year you will know that now more than ever self-care is an absolute need not just for our body but our minds too.
Lack of Self -Care can impact our relationships with our loved ones, our career, businesses and pretty much anything else that requires us to show up.
What is Self Care?
Self-care can be anything that you enjoy. For one person self-care may be sitting in a warm bath. For another self-care may consist of reading or learning a new skill. Self-care is about you and what you enjoy.
Self-care does not have to be expensive spas, facials and brunches that require you to turn a blind eye to your bank account.
Those are a form of self-care but there are so many other nourishing things you can do for your mind and body.
Self-care is proven to help reduce stress in the body. Stress is the bodies normal reaction from daily activities.
Stress can affect:
- Cognition and Learning
- Immune system
- Gut health
- Endocrine system
- Mental Health
- Relationships with loved ones
- Many other bodily functions
Daily Self Care Ideas:
Here are a few practical self-care ideas for you to try that won't break the bank.
I know you have a book or 5 either sitting on a shelf or hanging out on your mobile device that you have yet to read.
Take some time our of your day to read something that takes your mind elsewhere.
Become a plant parent
Many people find being in nature gives instant relief and a recharge sensation.
Planting a garden requires you to focus and be hands on with care.
Many report their thoughts slow, they breathe more calmly, feel less stressed and they find happiness in the practice of gardening and plant care.
Make a smoothie
You can never go wrong with nourishing your body. Making a smoothie can help you feel good about your health choices and improve your overall mood.
Put your phone on DND
DO NOT DISTURB is a game changer if you find yourself constantly picking up your phone answering all hours of the day. Do not disturb can help you focus and stay present during your me-time.
Move that Body
Whether you dance, workout, walk, swim, jog or get "it"in, moving will help your body produce endorphins—chemicals in the brain that make you feel good and also improves sleep, which in turn reduces stress.
Make some Tea
Making tea is a self-care ritual that nourishes the body and allows you to pause for a few minutes at anytime of the day. Herbs and roots like Ashwagandha, Ginseng and Tulsi have been shown to support cortisol (the stress hormone) effects on the body. If you need an extra boost try our CBD tea.
Pour a cup and be present while your tea steeps.
Brain dumping is the act of getting all your thoughts out on paper. No matter what it is just scribble it down.
Brain dumping is a great self-care routine to help reduce stress and improve focus.
Check out our favorite notepad to declutter your mind here.
Learn a new skill
Learning a new skill that you have been putting off can bring joy by giving you something new that increases your confidence and nurtures a growth mindset.
According to Forbes one of the best solutions to stress is not to flee from the challenge but to shift gears and embrace a different challenge.
One of our favorite ways to learn a new skill is by taking a course on Udemy.
Self-Care can come in many forms you just need to pick something you love and make sure you actually do it. Grab the free self-care planner and start making self-care - required care. Remember you deserve it and need it.
Comment and tell us your favorite self-care ideas.