Nine Great Self-care Tips

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Starting out here, it's important to remember that taking time out for yourself isn't a selfish act. In fact, self-care is essential to maintaining a healthy mind and body.

Self-care is the practice of caring for oneself. This can include areas of nutrition, personal hygiene, exercise, relaxation, sleep, stress management, and other activities designed to improve physical and mental health.

Self-care is an important part of living a balanced lifestyle. It is also an important part of what you need to live a full, happy, and successful life. However, self-care is more than just taking care of yourself physically. It's also about taking care of your mind, spirit and emotions.

Taking care of yourself mentally means having a positive mindset. Having a positive mindset allows you to achieve greater things in life. In addition, it keeps you from having negative thoughts and allows you to enjoy life more.

Finally, taking care of yourself emotionally means being kind to yourself. There isn't one "best" way to take steps toward your personal self-care routine. Wellness and mental health is about whatever you need to feel happier or more relaxed.

There are numerous benefits of focusing on your body and mind and taking the time to nourish them properly. Adding self-care moments into your daily and weekly routine is not only vital for your mental health, but research suggests it can help you become more confident, creative, and productive.

For most of us, the idea of including specific self-care steps into our daily life seems pretty farfetched. Sure, life is busy, and it can be pretty stressful, but we think that is just part of being alive, working and taking care of family. 

Here's the important thing though... Whatever your age or life situation, there comes a time when taking care of YOU needs to be as important as your work, family and friends. 

What Does Self-Care Look Like?

The basics of self-care are not all that hard to include in your life. These include things like:

  • Reading a chapter of a book

  • Listening to music

  • Taking a quick walk outdoors when feeling stress

  • Doing a daily meditation 

  • Light exercise daily

  • Finding quiet time for yourself

It isn't all about the multi-hour beauty parlor visits and weekend trips to the ocean you see in the movies. I'm not saying these are bad things, but they require a fair amount of free time and money. In real life, it can be as simple as watching a movie while your spouse takes the kids out to dinner. You might want to cook up some elaborate dessert or go for a bicycle ride by the river.

You might find that journaling is a great way to capture your thoughts and feelings. There is nothing like yoga stretching or a light workout to change how you feel. In addition, there is nothing beats a special night with your partner at home with the kids at grandma's house. Don't forget the wine and candles to make it extra special.

Your self-care routine is a personal process. The first step is to stop once and day and take a quick inventory of how you feel and what is out of balance.

Is work taking up 80% of your time? 

Do the kids own your time on the weeknights and weekends? 

Is your stress level increasing and creating physical or mental issues? 

You might not have all the answers right away but remain mindful of how you feel as you develop your own self-care routine.

1. REBOOT A FRESH NEW YOU

If you find yourself getting overwhelmed by the stress and anxiety of everyday life, try creating a routine that helps you to get back to the best of who you are. It can help you reset your brain and get back on track.

My simple 3 step process includes: 1) Taking 5 minutes to breathe deeply, relax, and focus on my breathing. 2) I imagine a place that brings me joy and what it would feel like to be there right now. 3) I take few minutes to splash cold water on my face and clarify for myself the steps needed to make the rest of the day a success.

I have different routines for morning and evening, but this is a great mid-day way to freshen up my mindset. Once I've completed this routine, I feel like I can let go of what was causing stress and move forward in a better state of mind. It's like turning to a fresh page in my journal or waking up after a great night of sleep. 

Now it's up to you to create a great routine that helps you have the best possible day. It might include a walk in nearby park, a cup of licorice tea or a short meditation, but whatever you choose, approach it with the idea of letting go and starting anew.

2. GET OUTSIDE

Going outside is an excellent way to relax and clear your mind. Get out there and enjoy the fresh air. Go for a walk around the neighborhood. Take a drive through the countryside. Find a park where you can sit under a tree and read a book. It's usually easy to get outdoors during the day, and each one has its own benefits.

Sometimes we need to take a break from technology and disconnect ourselves from the world around us. Going outside is an excellent way to clear your mind and recharge.

Getting outside is great because it allows you to escape from the stressors of everyday life. It gives you an opportunity to breathe fresh air and enjoy the scenery. It also lets you see how much space there is in the world outside your office or home.

This will help your brain to relax and unwind. You'll be able to think more clearly and logically.

 Going outside is great for your mental health. Get out there and enjoy the fresh air. The sun will brighten up your mood and you'll feel more relaxed.

3. LISTEN TO MUSIC 

Studies have shown that listening to music can reduce stress, increase mood, and boost self-confidence. An upbeat playlist can give you energy and soothing, soft music can help put you at ease.

Music can be used as therapy to relieve stress or anxiety, but also to relax and unwind. Listen to your favorite songs while working out, cooking, working, or doing chores around the house.

 Music has been used by humans since ancient times. The Greeks believed music was created by the gods. Today we listen to music while we exercise. We listen to music when we're sad - or even when we are happy. We listen to music to cheer ourselves up. 

Music has been proven to improve memory and concentration. Listening to music while studying or working can help you pay attention to what is truly important in the moment.

4. INVOLVE YOUR SENSES

Do you find yourself stressed out at times? Do you need to unwind after a long day? Well, here's something simple that might help!

There is a lot of research that shows a connection between sound, smell and memory, which means we can use these associations to help us to relax and focus! You may want to keep a file on hand that reminds you of times when you were happy and feeling relaxed. 

Essential oils have been used as an integral component of holistic wellness regimens throughout history. Many different studies have shown essential oils help treat anxiety, stress, and poor sleep habits.

Aromatherapy oils derived from plants such as lavender and hemp seed offer both physical and emotional benefits by creating aroma or applied to your skin. You can also use organic candles to freshen up your environment and your thoughts. 

5. TAKE A CREATIVE BREAK

Creativity has been proven to improve your mood, boost your self-esteem, and increase your sense of happiness. The more you use your creativity, the happier you will become.

You can enhance your problem-solving and critical thinking skills by being creative. Take a break when you feel the stress of the day getting to you and take photos of nature, learn how to knit, or try making a new recipe you recently found on Pinterest. Being creative will help you develop confidence in every area of your life.

6. JOURNAL TO KNOW YOURSELF BETTER

It is important that you check in with yourself periodically. If you do not, then you may not realize that things are changing or getting out of control. Checking in with yourself allows you the opportunity to evaluate where you are in your recovery. You may find that you need to readjust what step of your action plan you are on or try different coping tools. 

A great tool that may help you is to journal about your experiences. Keeping a journal is a great way to learn about yourself. Being completely honest in your journal is important; in your journal, you should feel free to let your guard down. This will help you discover how you really feel and vent your stress in a non-threatening manner.

If you're new to journaling, the best advice is to simply open up and write without expectation. Don't try to edit as you write either. The best way is to just write whatever's on your mind and let it go from there. You may be surprised what you will learn. 

7. MAKE SELF-CARE A PRIORITY 

How often do you put yourself first? Self-care is something that should always be an important part of your life. 

Many people just use a limited part of self-care as a way set up a reward system for finishing a project. For example, "I'll have some ice cream when I finish cleaning the bathroom or getting the marketing report completed." This is certainly okay to do, but most times this approach leads to the person caving in and getting the reward before finishing the project.

Self-care works best when you factor in taking care of our own needs on a regular basis. This means making sure you eat well, exercise regularly, get enough sleep, etc. Self-care is a way to give yourself the love and attention you deserve.

Self-care is essential if you want to live a happy, balanced and productive life. 

8. JUST FOCUS ON BREATHING

One of the easiest ways to clear your mind, relax and gain focus is to stop everything and take five short minutes to practice deep breathing.

This exercise will help you feel more relaxed and energized. You'll be able to concentrate better and stay focused throughout the day.

9. STRETCH & RELAX WITH YOGA

It has been proven that doing yoga can help relieve stress. The reason why is yoga involves moving your body while breathing deeply. Both actions relax the mind and body.

Another benefit of yoga is that it improves flexibility. By improving flexibility, you can improve your posture, keep focus and awareness of how you fell during all parts of your day. 

Yoga offers a laundry list of health benefits, from busting stress to stretching out inactive muscles to building strength to providing a burst of physical activity. Why might yoga be an especially useful tool to add to your coping arsenal right now? It links movement with breath. All of these factors make yoga can be a silver bullet in tough times.

Start Treating Yourself to Self-care Today

I hope that you start taking care of yourself by using some of the self-care tips shared here today. 

These steps can't fix all the issues and problems that affect our lives, but they can get you to place where you have confidence and clarity to put them in perspective. If you still feel out of sorts and stressed all the time, don't hesitate to find a counselor, coach or therapist who can help you work through important issues. 

In the meantime, do the self-care steps that make you smile, breathe better and feel healthy and focused.