Growing up, no one ever tells you how important it is to take care of yourself. It’s all about taking care of others, making sure you share with others, give, give, give. But the truth is, you can’t pour from an empty cup and eventually you’ll find yourself in major burn out mode if you don’t tend to numero uno: yourself.
Making time for yourself is not selfish, it’s absolutely necessary in keeping a peaceful balance in your life. I had to learn this over time. I also had to learn how to recognize when my body was telling me to take a time out and acknowledging (and not feeling guilty about it either) those signs by taking some time for myself.
Being physically active is the most basic of self-care. Our bodies were not meant to sit stagnant. We were made to move, people! Our bodies are so damn amazing and we shouldn’t waste them. It wasn’t until I started working out that I realized just how miserable I had been feeling for so long.
Exercise not only does a body good, but it works wonders for your mental health. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins which is like getting a natural high. You feel better, both physically and mentally. Honestly, if I’m having an off day and down in the doldrums, I get moving and get my heart pumping. I know at the end of my sweat sesh, my mood will have done a 180.
I start everyday with 5 minutes of meditation (check out my morning routine). Meditation helps to clear my mind and ease into my day. And because I’m an over thinker, it helps me to let go of all those thoughts and really be present in the moment.
Meditation is a practice, so don’t be discouraged if at first it seems challenging. The goal is not to try to control your thoughts, but rather focus on your breathing, acknowledging any thoughts that cross your mind and then letting them go.
Soak It Out
I know this seems so basic, but taking a nice, warm relaxing bath is so helpful in unwinding.
I love to add Epsom salts, bath bombs and essential oils to my bath. Depending on what my body needs — if my muscles are achy from an extra hard workout, or I’ve been feeling really anxious — I’ll adjust what essential oils I use in my bath.
When I’m soaking in all the goodness, I like to have candles lit and calm music playing. Sometimes I’ll even pray while I’m soaking because I feel so open and at peace during my bath time.
Nature is so calming to me. My earliest memories are of being outside. I love observing nature. And being in the sun relaxes me so much. When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I like to go for a nice, quiet walk by myself. It’s very grounding and helps me clear my mind and calm my spirit.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, I really hope this article helps in some way. If you have other ways of unwinding and treating yourself, let me know! 🙂 I’m always open to trying new ways of self-care.
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