Are you taking time to take care of yourself? Self-care might seem like a buzzword companies use to sell their products, but it is actually crucial for your overall health and wellness. Self-care isn’t just about pampering yourself, but committing time to taking care of YOU.
Start Your Day with Water and Nutrition
Nutrition and hydration are great ways to honor your body, treat it with kindness, and practice self-care in the morning.
Try to re-hydrate after a long night’s sleep with a tall glass of water, then eat a healthy breakfast that works for your body. You are going to be dehydrated in the morning because you did not have any water for 6-8 hours or longer. Instead of just going straight for your coffee or other caffeine-laden coffee, first have a drink that will re-hydrate you.
A healthy breakfast does not need to be the first thing in the morning or a big meal. Some women find that starting with the day with a quick power-packed smoothie works great for them, whereas others need to wait a few hours before they eat. You know your body the best and know what type of breakfast works best for you. Whether a smoothie, protein bar, eggs, yogurt, or healthy meal later in the morning, eat what works best for schedule and digestion. Try to avoid high sugar breakfast items such as sweet rolls and donuts. These are productivity bombs and will take away more than they will give.
Fitting in Exercise You Love
Exercise should not feel like a chore or something you force yourself to do. It can actually be enjoyable and when it is, it becomes a way to practice self-care every day. For it to be self-care, it needs to be something that feels good and that you enjoy doing, rather than something that you dread. If you’re not a runner, don’t run! Instead, find something else you might like better, whether that is resistance training, dancing, Yoga, or Tai Chi.
Mindfulness for Health and Wellness
Mindfulness is a way to focus your thoughts on the present moment, and really pay attention to how you think and feel. This can be applied to increasing the state of your health and become part of your daily self-care routine. Try practicing mindfulness in the morning before you begin you day, being mindful during meals and really aknowledging what you are eating, or maybe at work when you take an afternoon break and decide to go for a relaxing walk.
Mindfulness can be threaded throughout you day in bits and moments. Taking 1 minute to breathe and be present, can revive you if you’re tired as well as relax you if you are anxious.
Sleep and Nighttime Routines
Do you have a proper nighttime routine? The nighttime routine is just as important as the morning routine in order to get you into a good sleep space. This routine helps you to relax and unwind at the end of the day. Some of the elements of your routine may be: writing in your journal or reading, bed-time yoga, meditative release breathing, drinking some herbal tea, light stretching, wearing blue-light blockers, or dimming the lights in your space. This is a way to practice self-care at the end of your day, so you can have the best sleep possible.
Remember that self-care is important for reducing stress, generating mindfulness, increasing health and wellness, and expanding gratitude. Taking care of yourself will benefit everyone in your life, as your over-all internal and external health will have a ripple effect to everyone you interact with throughout your day and night.