Self Care is taking time to take care of yourself. I know that this is probably the simplest definition and seems like an easy task but it is so hard to put into practice. Since the holidays are approaching I thought it would be the perfect time to get my self care on. Each week, I will be exploring a new method of self care and seeing which ones are great and golden and what ones I will skip out on. Next week, I will share my experience of oil pulling! Here is a little bit about self care and what I will be writing about each week leading up to the new year.
So what exactly is self-care? Self-care is an approach to living that incorporates behaviors that refresh you, replenish your personal motivation, and help you grow as a person. Creating time for yourself each day is vital in maintaining energy, concentration, and overall wellness. There are three components of self-care: physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual.
Physical self-care is probably the most obvious form. Going to the yoga or the gym on a regular basis, taking a walk, swimming laps, and stretching, are all good examples of physical self-care. Maintaining an active lifestyle can help boost your immune system, it increases endorphins (the “happy” hormone), decreases stress, and can increase your self-confidence. Diet also plays a huge part in your physical well-being. Because the mind and body are one, whatever you do to care for your body also impacts your brain, and your mental wellness.
Mental and emotional self-care can sometimes be more complex. For me, I find that spending time with a good book or a meditation allows me to mentally and emotionally relax after a stressful day. Any time I begin to feel particularly negative or down, I take a moment to make a list all of all the things I am thankful for. Sometimes just a gentle reminder about how much you have to be grateful for is enough to turn your mood around. Other activities such as taking a relaxing bath, getting a message, keeping a journal, and taking some time to be alone with your thoughts, can be helpful ways to improve your mental and emotional wellness.
This week I will be oil pulling and toning scrapping! Tune in on Wednesday for the first addition to the Self Care Series.