If you like data, research has shown that adding self-care to our daily routine reduces stress and decreases the chance of mental and physical ailments while also increasing productivity and feelings of happiness.
If you like healing, one of the best things you can do to re-center and restore health and well-being is to nurture your body, mind, and soul by practicing self-care. Implementing simple habits every day nurtures your body, mind, and soul, and I promise it doesn't have to be complicated.
View self-care as a multifaceted process of purposeful practices that promote healthy functioning and enhance well-being. Unfortunately, self-care may be mistaken for a luxury rather than a priority: we must take care of our basic needs if we want stress-relief activities to be effective. To ensure you’re caring for your body, mind, and soul, best to assess several different domains, including physical, social, mental, spiritual, and emotional care. There is a strong connection between body and mind, so when you are caring for your body, you will think and feel better as well.
Self-care requires our engagement; It won’t happen unless we choose to make it so, to intentionally make space for it. The constant repetition of little habits, together, result in optimum emotional, physical, and mental well-being. So the result of self-care is experiencing more joy, rest, and soul health.
Simple ideas of self-care practices? You got it!
Take breaks, especially when eating.
Daily walks in or close to nature.
Allow your body to rest and recover.
Take baths with magnesium salt.
Tend to plants.
Keep a reflective journal.
Have a creative practice.
Take phone/technology breaks.
Make time for doing nothing.
Find a mentor.
Your social self-care is also very important, so make time for friends, nurturing and supportive relationships, and finding like-minded people who help you grow and feel good about yourself.
These are just some of the many self-care practice tips you can incorporate into your daily routine to help make life more meaningful and less stressful. Your self-care practice can be anything that resonates with you. Once you’ve assessed which areas of your life need attention, you can adopt self-care practices that work for you. Remember, you don’t have to tackle everything at once. Simply identify one or two small steps you can take to start taking better care of yourself. And when you’re feeling like you just can’t make time for one more thing, make self-care a priority; when you care for all aspects of yourself, you find you’re able to function more effectively and efficiently.
Now, what one thing can you do today to practice self-care?
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