Updated: Apr 11, 2021
Self-care in my opinion is recognizing that you exist and that you have physical, mental, spiritual, or emotional needs that need to be catered to more often than you think. It’s a part of doing what’s necessary to recharge and not feeling guilty about doing it. I know you’ve heard me say this a million times self-care is the best care, well I say it because it’s true. When you deny yourself this time you leave yourself vulnerable to illness, unmanaged stress, which brings on anxiety and depression. Self-care is about keeping you sane enough to tackle whatever your life throws at you. It helps you to maintain your health, your happiness and creates good habits for taking care of yourself.
Get Up and Get Moving
It’s so important to stick as closely to your normal routine as possible. If you are used to exercising inside a gym with friends opt for an outdoor exercise routine instead. The fresh air could do you some good. Another way to get moving is to go out on your favorite tunes while cleaning the house and dance like you're at your favorite dance club. Dancing burns so many calories and ignites those feel-good endorphins that relieve stress and anxiety. Don't think you have time to fit in a little exercise? Park your car far away from the entrance of your job or grocery store, take the stairs, or briskly walk around the office. 15 minutes of movement is enough to get your blood pumping to relieve stress and help you sleep better at night.
Hit the Pause Button
Whether feeling overwhelmed by stress or anxiety, deep breathing has always been a great way to center or calm yourself. This simple trick sends a message to your brain instructing it to relax. Next time you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed try this belly breathing technique from the University of Michigan Medicine.
Sit or lie flat in a comfortable position.
Put one hand on your belly just below your ribs and the other hand on your chest.
Take a deep breath in through your nose, and let your belly push your hand out. Your chest should not move.
Breathe out through pursed lips as if you were whistling. Feel the hand on your belly go in, and use it to push all the air out.
Do this breathing 3 to 10 times. Take your time with each breath.
Make Sleep a Priority
Sleep is so essential to your well-being. It is responsible for recharging your body, balancing your hormones, and healing. Getting the proper amount of sleep is crucial for concentration, cognitive function, and productivity. Without sleep, you only function half as well as you could on a full night's rest. Strolling through social media, and staying up late to finish a show, could be the difference between you catching a mistake within minutes and catching a mistake in days. Hold your sleep time dear to your heart. It is a significant key to self-care. Here are some tips to unplug and prepare for bed.
1. Set your phone to not disturb you during the hours you plan to be sleeping.
2. Turn off social media notifications 1 hour prior to bedtime.
3. Take a bath or shower bed before. Use soap or lotion that contains lavender essential oils.
4. Journal before bed or read a few pages of a book.
5. Turn off the tv and dim the lights.
There are many ways to decrease stress, and recharge! However, you decide to do that is up to you. Our mission is only to make sure that you know that these breaks are not optional and help you to do what makes your soul happy. Keep in touch. We would love to hear your testimonials on how you've used our products to create a place as restoration for yourself. Tag us on social media!