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One of the best things that we can do for our minds and bodies is to take a break and do something we enjoy!
For many people, adding self-care into a daily regimen becomes a distant last on their to-do list. Your first thoughts might be “I don’t have time for that,” or “I have too many other things to do.” However, if you are constantly putting the needs of others before our own, this may lead to a lack of “me time,” which can, in turn, create stress and resentment and prevent us from being our best selves.
Studies have shown that simply by adding self-care into your daily routine there is a reduction in stress, decreased chance of mental and physical ailments, increased productivity, and it inspires feelings of happiness. By being mindful of our own needs, we are often more productive and compassionate when dealing with the needs of significant others. Here are a couple of suggestions to implement ‘self-care’ in a busy modern lifestyle.
So often we eat our meals while multitasking. This actually denies us the experience of appreciating a nourishing meal. Would you work on the computer when having dinner with a loved one? Treat yourself with that same level of respect and allow yourself to indulge in a meal without any distractions.
Do you have a never-ending “to-do” list? We really must stop adding to this list and recognize the things we’ve done. At the end of each day or even each week, make a list of the productive things you’ve done in that timeframe. No matter how small, you deserve a pat on the back for the things you achieve.
Just as it’s good to keep track of what we’ve done, it’s also beneficial to ‘see’ what we have. Keep a journal in a convenient place where you can jot down the things that you feel fortunate to have. Everything from clean sheets to a good friend is worth noting. Let’s face it, we don’t all have these things and we are lucky if we do.
What were some of your favourite things to do when you were a child? Did you love hopscotch, picking wildflowers, or eating treats? Be kind, give your inner child a little present and allow those warm feelings to wash over you.
Does your bedroom or your retreat look how you want it to? If it doesn’t, take a moment to add those items that make it a special place. By building a space that feels warm and inviting, you establish an inviting retreat for when the going gets tough.
Find a good book that entices you to read. This is a great way to improve your mood. Anticipating a good story is exciting and the act of reading helps encourage a sense of peace. F
Instagram and Facebook do have some benefits, but does it really make you feel better to expose yourself to everyone’s online versions of themselves? Most often people only discuss their victories, and so it can be difficult if you tend to compare your entire life to everyone’s highlight reels. Take the time to break away from social media and to focus on getting to know Nature instead!
Whether it’s baking a cake or painting a picture, getting creative allows us to feel both mindful and productive
Fill a pretty basket with some items that make you feel special. It could be facial scrubs and masks, gummy frogs, coconut body lotion, gift cards from special friends, or a aromatic blend of essential oils. Pop these ‘treasures’ in a pretty basket and keep it in your bedroom or bathroom for when you need an extra dose of TLC.
Remember, by practicing self-care you are more capable of being your best self and able to share those beautiful feelings with those around you. Search for the good, share your peace, and watch your positivity grow.
These are inexpensive, easy to implement ideas that will have you feeling a lot more positive and content with your life without major adjustments