Self-care – the practice of maintaining well-being and happiness – is everywhere. It’s on your favorite social networking sites with hashtags such as #selfcare and #selfcarematters. It’s in the pages of self-help books and magazine articles. It’s a trending topic on podcasts and vlogs.
There’s good reason for this too. Making yourself a priority has countless benefits. Acts of self-care are energizing, rejuvenating, and empowering. Doing something that is in line with your definition of ‘self-care’ doesn’t have to take much time or money either.
Here are just five ways you can practice self-care.
Stretch and move your body. For however long you exercise, whether it’s in a gym or out in nature, you’re on your time. If you like listening to audiobooks, podcasts or music while exercising, set your phone to ‘do not disturb.’ Consider joining a yoga class. Yoga is available in many forms, including Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin.
There are several benefits to detox baths, including flushing out toxins, reducing stress and improving sleep. Fill your tub with hot water, two cups Epsom salt, one cup baking soda, and ten drops of your favorite essential oils (Lavender is a popular choice). You can find additional detox bath recipes on Pinterest. Soak and relax for 20 minutes.
Draw, paint, write … there are numerous ways to feel more relaxed. One of our favorites is creating a gratitude journal. Making a point to physically write down the things in your life that you’re grateful for is truly rewarding. If you like to color, a variety of adult coloring books can be found at most any local bookstore or big box retailer.
Good nutrition habits are essential for optimal health. Fill any gaps in your diet with a supplement. Fish oil, vitamin D, turmeric, and adrenal support are just four supplements to consider. Visit Crave Healthy Habit Health Foods for a complete list of beneficial supplements. It’s important to make sure you’re staying hydrated as well – especially during the summertime and when outdoors.
A daily meditation practice can lead to better health. You can observe your breath or silently repeat a mantra while sitting comfortably with your eyes closed. Experts recommend meditating for 15 – 20 twice a day at times most convenient for you. There are several meditation apps you can download on your iOS or Android device; many of which are free.