We promote self-care as a daily practice and not a product to buy (although, we do have amazing herbal tea and salts...just saying). For a healthy well-being, though, we really need to make self-care a part of our daily life, not something special or added in when there's time. It's a line item on the budget, not something for the extra category.
Self-care is foundational to health and wellness. It's our bodies strong root system that nourishes the rest of our being and likely, we could all use a little more of it.
So, here's 20 simple self-care tips to a healthier well-being:
- Scheduling and keeping the dentist appointment--cardiovascular health is linked to dental health.
- Throwing out the holey underwear and socks and buying new ones--we even deserve new period panties while we’re at it.
- Eating the piece of chocolate--but also taking time for personal inventory when we feel the need to eat three bars instead of a few small pieces.
- Going for the walk and listening to the birds chirping--they remind us that tweeting is something that happens in real life in appreciation to the natural environment.
- Washing and folding the laundry--extra clutter can be stressful and this is an easy fix.
- Acknowledging the signals our body gives and respecting them--maybe I don’t need caffeinated coffee in the morning if I’m having heart flutters. I’ll find a good indie decaf roaster I love or try herbal tea.
- Making a hair appointment--sometimes a new haircut can be a transformative experience that moves us into a new season.
- Taking care of a plant--there’s something so satisfying about nurturing a plant throughout seasons and observing it bloom. Try an orchid or a succulent to get started.
- Moving the body--we don’t have to be bogged down with the idea of committing ourselves to a big fitness routine. Loud music and dancing is great cardio and can easily make us sweat.
- Drinking enough water--our entire body (from joints to the vagina) thrives better when it is well lubricated.
- Sleeping when our body tells us it needs it--that last email, that last dirty dish and that last Netflix show can wait ‘til tomorrow.
- Writing down a few reflective thoughts each night--we can more easily see our own patterns when we document them. A small bedside journal or notebook will do.
- Touching the earth--connecting our bodies to the earth and digging toes into the grass is instantly calming.
- Relaxing in a bath regardless of fancy bath bombs--hydrotherapy can sometimes be a game changer when stress or illness is lurking. For extra benefit, add epsom salt and follow it up with a self-massage using a body oil.
- Communicating emotions--it’s so very important to discuss our stumbling blocks and stepping stones with those that help can us move into a new season and evolve.
- Honoring the body--our temples are the human suits that adorn our Spirits. Time in gratitude for the work and support our bodies offer can soften hard expectations and relieve unnecessary, limiting beliefs.
- Surrounding ourselves with loving company--our energy goes where our attention flows. Spending time with people who lift our vibration is like balm to the soul.
- Eliminating activities/habits that no longer serve us--when X (smoking, drinking, gossiping, etc) makes us feel like crap afterward, taking steps to limit the participation will help us one day eliminate it. Note: cold-turkey doesn't work for everyone, so be gentle as you work to realign your values.
- Choosing joy--when negative thoughts or emotions creep up or when a partner or friend brings it into our space, sometimes a simple affirmation aloud can completely shift the experience: "I CHOOSE JOY."
- Creating opportunity to gather--we don't have to wait for someone else to invite us to a thing. Set a date/location (public parks are great!), make it potluck, have an activity/topic or DON'T. It doesn't matter if 2 or 20 people show up. It will be lovely.