Have you been wondering how to practice self-care? Though it has become trendy to practice and share elaborate self-care tips, there is no ‘right’ way to practice self-care, nor does it require extravagant measures. It is all about considering what best suits you and makes you feel your best.
Let’s go on to learn some of the top self-care tips that are easy to incorporate into your every-day routine.
How you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. Snoozing your alarm five times and risking waking up ‘on the wrong side of the bed’ will most likely not set you up for your best day. So imagine what your ideal morning looks like, then do your best to create that. If you enjoy a morning walk, stretching, having time to enjoy a coffee outside, or taking your time to get ready or make an elaborate breakfast, take the time to do just that.
Taking the time to give gratitude everyday can make all the difference in your mindset. Write down 5 things that you are grateful for every day, without overthinking it and instead just taking the time to appreciate whatever comes to mind.
Meditation is one of the best self-care practices to incorporate into your life. There are apps available that you can use to follow a guided meditation, or simply sit or lie comfortably in silence and focus your attention on how your breath naturally moves through your body.
For the days that you are short on time, even 2-5 minutes of meditation is a way to re-center yourself. You can (ideally) do so for longer and build up the time that you spend meditating when you have the time.
It is important to remember that meditation is not ‘easy’ and it is a practice. So be patient with yourself as you practice and learn how to really sit with yourself.
Laughter is naturally mood-boosting and can make all the difference in your day. Make it a point to hang out with people who make you laugh, call a friend, or watch a comedy show or video that makes you laugh. Laughter mitigates the effects of stress and releases dopamine and endorphins, also known as the ‘feel-good’ chemicals.
Even if you don’t have the time to get a full workout in, it is important to get some type of movement every day. We all know that exercise and getting movement in is important for us, but it can be all too easy to postpone it and ‘just get to it later’. Getting movement in, whether it is via a walk or full workout, is a way to boost your mood, reduce stress, and benefit you both mentally and physically. Try to fit in a morning workout, walk at your lunch break, and/or a stroll around your neighborhood after work.
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