5 SELF CARE TIPS
Updated: Mar 16
Right now, self care is a big topic, and I think it needs to be a priority. The world outside of us can get extremely challenging at the best of times. But I feel in current times; it is useful to embrace self care. This post shares five self care tips I find helpful when I need to reduce stress, tension or worries and I thought you might find them helpful too.
I believe it is the small changes we make that create a huge difference. All these self care ideas are backed by science, according to goodhousekeeping.com, which I was pleased to learn to give you valuable content.
1. RE ENERGIZE
If you are continually working, sharing and giving your energy away, make sure you arrive inwards to top your energy back up! Think of your energy as a cup, and everyone is drinking from that cup; sooner or later, it will dry up. It is so important you keep your cup full overflowing, actually, so the energy you share is the overflowing energy from the cup.
If we are continually giving from an empty cup, we may feel unmotivated, irritated, tired, and even angry. To combat this, you may find ways to top up by resting in a Yoga Nidra, reading, bathing, meditating, walking even just sleeping! All the things that refill you with energy, motivation, inspiration.
Researched and studies have found that exercise is a great way to look after your body and support mental health; it helps us sleep better, boost our mood, and manage stress and anxiety.
"Doing something physical releases cortisol which helps us manage stress. Being physically active also gives your brain something to focus on and can be a positive coping strategy for difficult times." Mind.org.uk
What better way to look after your self than to get your body moving and the circulation flowing. Taking a venture into nature for a walk or run. If you are indoors, why not get your Yoga mat out and gently stretch the body.
If you want to learn about the health benefits of doing a Yoga practice click to take a look at one of my latest blog poses sharing 10 BENEFITS OF YOGA.
When we exercise, we release chemicals such as endorphins and serotonin that can help boost our mood and the NHS state that it may support and improve the health of the cardiovascular system, reduce the risk of strokes, diabetes and cancer.
3. GOOD FOOD & WATER
Depending on what we consume, it can make us feel excellent or rubbish; everything we put in the mouth has a certain amount of vitality and life force energy, or it doesn't! Take time to think about what you eat and drink daily and try to do the very best you can for it. Knowing everything you eat or drink is feeding your body. Instead of drinking that fizzy drink, can you try to have a glass of pure, clear water? Take a small step to more self care, allowing them small step to make a significant change over time.
Eva Selhub explains it wonderfully her article written on the Harvard Medical school website.
"Like an expensive car, your brain functions best when it gets only premium fuel. Eating high-quality foods that contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants nourishes the brain and protects it from oxidative stress — the “waste” (free radicals) produced when the body uses oxygen, which can damage cells." Eva Selhub MD.
To read the full article on Harvard Health Publishing click here
4. CLEAR AND CLEAN YOUR SPACE
Self care tip four is to clean and tidy your space. When we have an unclean and messy space, it has been studied and proven to affect us mentally and physically. When cleaning your area, it can have a profound impact on the way you feel. Here is s snippet from an article shared on Psychology Today. To read the full article, please click here.
"A 2010 study published in the scientific journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin used linguistic analysis software to measure the way 60 individuals discussed their homes. Women who described their living spaces as “cluttered” or full of “unfinished projects” were more likely to be depressed and fatigued than women who described their homes as “restful” and “restorative.” The researchers also found that women with cluttered homes expressed higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol." www.psychologytoday.com
Have a little look round you right now and if things are messy and unclean, find time to clear and clean your space for better self care; you may feel much better after!
5. DO SOMETHING YOU LOVE
What do you love to do, or what would you love to do that may be you have not done for a long time. It may be watching a feel-good movie, or maybe it's walking in nature. But take time out of your week to do something that you genuinely love. Perhaps it's an old hobby you used to enjoy; painting, drawing, singing, candlelight bath or writing. Self care comes in many ways, and it is genuinely only you who know what you need to offer self care to yourself.
My Video Sharing My 5 Self Care Tips Plus A Few Extras :)