Self care is an act of loving yourself. Maybe the act is to nourish your
mind, body or spirit. Whatever it is, do something nurturing just for you. Don’t
put off taking a needed break or having some me-time. Please yourself rather
than others. Very importantly, do not experience guilt, shame or blame. It may
mean having an indulgence every now and then. Take a balanced approach to
overall holistic well-being.
Below are some suggestions. You may already have some of your own, so do them now, when they have a big impact on your well-being.
1. Learn to say "NO". Are you feeling overwhelmed because you say yes to all
kinds of requests? Practice saying “no” to anything that takes time away from
what's even more important. Approval from others is not as important as filling
your life with taking care of – you.
2. Meditate. This is my favorite tip! Create a peaceful sanctuary, away from the noise, crowd and clutter. Whenever you feel tense, retreat into silence for a while. Practice breath (belly breathing) meditation, which gives you much-needed oxygen while relaxing your mind. Consider incorporating any form of meditation as part of your regular routine too!
3. Go offline and/or turn off your smartphone. Reduce mental clutter by turning these off a day or even a week.
4. Watch a funny movie. Heard of the phrase, “laughter is the best medicine”? A silly or funny show can be the trick in helping you loosen up!
5. Take walks if weather permits. Spend time in nature or a botanical
garden and experience a sense of peace right away.
6. Get a Reiki treatment. Reiki is a mind-body-spirit practice that helps you feel balanced. With Reiki, you relax deeply and experience a sense of connection with the Universe.
Burn candles. Use therapeutic-grade essential aromatherapy candles. Use scent therapy to invoke the right mood, release your tension or clear the air of toxins. Most candles have artificial scents that can irritate, not help, so be sure to choose 100 percent therapeutic-grade candles that you can find online from local artisans.
8. Get a babysitter. Caring for your children is important, but regain your energy by taking a few hours off for some needed rest.
9. Express appreciation for what you do have. Begin a practice of writing down five things in your life you’re grateful for. Do this in the morning before starting your daily activities and at night, especially if you have trouble getting to sleep. Expressing appreciation for what you do have begins to melt away the importance of what you don’t have.
10. Dance. Dancing can be a form of relaxation for some. Crank up the tunes and dance in front of the mirror when no one is looking…ha! Forget about trying to master the moonwalk, just dance – with wild abandonment.
11. Let go of emotional clutter. Allocate some time to clear emotional
clutter. I do this at least two to three times a week, using emotional healing
methods such as EFT that you can find on www.youtube.com or an
in-depth session with me.
12. Write a love letter to yourself. Project it 10 years from now. Write a letter of love and encouragement to your current self. Take some time with this and begin to really see, feel and hear what you want to read in 10 years about yourself.