Self-care sometimes gets a bad rap for being indulgent and selfish, but contrary to this belief, self-care is one of the most important things to practice if you are to continuously show up, be present, and make a positive impact on the lives of others.
After all, when we show love to ourselves, we can show love to others. As we get further and further into the year, Holiday stress coupled with post-election anxiety, makes establishing a self care practice more crucial than ever.
Valuing our own physical, emotional, and spiritual health, we can manifest love and respect into all of our actions. Here are some simple acts of self-care you can implement into your life.
- Wake up to Lemon Water
Instead of mindlessly guzzly coffee first thing in the morning, try a warm mug of lemon water. I like to squeeze a lemon into a mug the night before so when morning comes, all I need to do is boil some water before enjoying an alkalizing, cleansing, invigorating, and hydrating beverage.
2. Do Yoga
Yoga bridges that connection between mind and body. By harnessing this awareness, we become more intune with our truest selves, empowered by our strength, and overall more balanced.
Digital devices deprive your brain of that crucial downtown in which it needs to grow. Loren Frank, a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco found, “downtime lets the brain go over experiences it’s had, solidify them and turn them into permanent long-term memories.” When brains are constantly stimulated by the plethora of information available at our fingertips, we are unable to learn and retain information. Think of unplugging as respite for your brain.
4. Drink Herbal Tea
Herbs are one of the most powerful tools in restoring various body systems, promoting health and harmony, and healing ailments. From healing digestive issues, insomnia, anxiety, foggy-headedness, and much, much more, herbs are quite powerful tools.
5. Eat Nourishing Foods
When we are busy, it is so easy to choose packaged and processed foods over whole, healthy, and nourishing ones. Once you prioritize providing yourself with foods that make you thrive, it will become second nature. Afterall, giving your body healthy, vibrant, and nutrient rich foods is a way to show love to yourself.
6. Start a Gratitude Practice
A UC Davis psychologist has done extensive research on the concept of gratitude. In his book Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier, he reveals that thoughts of gratitude can increase happiness by as much as 25 percent.
What’s more, keeping a gratitude journal and regularly taking the time to reflect upon all the good things in life, one can experience more positive emotions, have more energy, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have a stronger immune system.
7. Get Enough QUALITY Sleep
Sleeping is when our bodies restore and replenish. When we get quality sleep, we wake up feeling revitalized. However, getting a truly restorative sleep is quite difficult these days. To promote a sound night’s sleep try chamomile tea before bed, unplugging from all technology and screens at least an hour before lights out, avoid bright overhead lights, and creating a bedtime ritual which prepares your body for sleep.
I like to keep a gratitude journal by my bed, which I can read and add to. This calms me down, eases my mind, and helps me fall to sleep happy.