Take a Self Care Day
Sick days. Vacation days. Mental health days. Call them what you will, we all need a day off sometimes. Last week I had a very light workday so I decided to spend the rest of my day as a "Self Care" day. My day consisted of a 60-minute deep tissue massage, followed by lunch by myself, mani/pedi, shopping for some jeans, cooking dinner and getting a great night sleep! It was the perfect ending to a very hectic week. It left me feeling refreshed, rested and ready to enjoy my weekend.
Many of us have a number of responsibilities in life that sometimes we forget to take some valuable time out of our day to just take care of ourselves. Between work, kids, family, cooking, cleaning, stress and your boss breathing down your throat, life can really take a toll on your body. It is important to reserve some of your time and energy just for yourself. This can be a daily, weekly or monthly ritual that is easy to build into even the busiest schedules. You don't need to head to a fancy spa or spend a bunch of money to take good care of your self, it can be as simple as taking 20 minutes a day to sit quietly and relax. Here is a list of my favorite self care rituals.
1. Getting a massage
Massages relieve tension in the muscles and allow you to relax and release the tightness in your body. They can help increase flexibility and range of motion, improve circulation, relieve migraine pain, reduce stress as well as many other healing benefits.
2. Take a Warm Bath
This is a simple yet effective self care technique. A warm bath helps you relax and clear your mind after a long day.
3. Cooking a Healthy Meal
For me, cooking is a very therapeutic practice. I really enjoy ending my day with cooking a nice, healthy meal. It allows me to be creative and It helps me wind down from the day....plus I get to eat something delicious!
4. Getting your Alone Time
Alone time is a necessity for me. I work with people all day and I love it, but I also really value the alone time that I get. Spending some time with yourself allows you to reflect on your own thoughts and feelings, making yourself more of a priority.
5. Catch up With Friends/Family
Living away from a lot of my family and friends makes it hard to stay in touch on a regular basis. Nothings better than catching up with someone close to you and sharing whats new in one anothers lives.
I lead a very active lifestyle, and sometimes need to be a little more gentle on my body. Yoga has numerous physical and mental benefits and I always walk out of class feeling better.
These are just a few of my favorites, but the list of self care techniques is really endless. Find something in your life that you enjoy doing or makes you feel better, fresher, stronger, more relaxed or more confident and work some time in your schedule for it. You won't regret it!