Self-care is more than just a set of actions or a list of ways to pamper yourself. It is about mindset and the habits we put into place to help us combat stress, anxiety, depression, and anything in life that makes us unhappy.
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Make 2019 "The year of You"
I am so excited to be partnering with iHerb to share all my best self care tips and tricks with all of you. I hope that 2019 is a year of radical self-love and abundant self-care. I know that's my personal goal for the year. iHerb is a global leader in bringing the best overall value in natural products to our customers all over the world. While the topic of this post might be self care, the products they cover span all areas of health and wellness - Supplements, Herbs and Homeopathy, Bath and Personal Care, Beauty, Sports, Grocery, Baby and Kids, Pets, and Home. So what is self care anyway? How about we start this off by saying what self care is not?
Self-Care Is not Self-ish.
I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.” – Audre Lorde
It seems like the term self care has almost become a social media buzz-word. People overspending, over-indulging, coming across as boastful, all in the name of supposed “self care”. Well that is not the type of self-care I am talking about here. I am talking about actually taking care of yourself on a deeper level, and doing things that truly nourish and restore you in mind, body, and spirit. I’m talking about getting yourself out of that stress response loop and into a continuous cycle of well-being.
What is Self-Care?
Self-care is more than just a set of actions or a list of ways to pamper yourself. It is about mindset and the habits we put into place to help us combat stress, anxiety, depression, and anything in life that makes us unhappy. It also doesn’t have to mean hundreds of dollars spent at the spa, sometimes it can be as simple are merely saying “no”. I can’t tell you how many times over the course of my life that I said yes, when I really wanted to say no. Unfortunately, many of those yeses came at the cost of saying no to myself. Setting boundaries and saving space for yourself can be the simplest act of self-care. I would even go as far as to call it self-preservation.
Self-care isn’t self-ish. Before you can do for others, you have to be able to do for yourself. You can’t pour from an empty cup. Just like the keto diet itself, there is no one-sized fits all approach to self-care either. What restores balances and is relaxing for you might be anxiety inducing to someone else.
How to practice Self-Care:
- Take a bubble bath
- Give dry brushing a try
- Do yoga (Check out Yoga with Adriene on YouTube)
- Get out in nature and go on a hike
- Spend an entire day alone, free of work, to-do lists or agendas
- Give yourself a manicure and pedicure
- Practice breathing exercises
- Have fun in the kitchen and bake a healthy sweet treat
- Movement, movement, movement
- Get lost in a good book
- Banish the word “should” from your vocabulary. Live from a place of choice rather than obligation.
- Take a nap
- Diffuse soothing essential oils
- Get a workout in. I always feel better after a sweat session
- Make more time for hobbies and passion projects
- Build a little “me time” into every day. Even if it is just 15 minutes in the morning or before bedtime.
- Catch up with a loved one you have been missing
- Go for a nice, long walk
- Plan a staycation
- Spend more time in natural light
- Listen to soothing music that calms and relaxes you
- Take a social media break
- Create a gratitude list
- Learn to liberally use the word “NO”
- Dance it out to your favorite playlist
- Take your time going through your shower, and skincare routine and pamper yourself.
- Nourish your body with nutrient dense foods
- Practice mindfulness and being present
Though they might not seem like a big deal individually, the items on this list go a long way towards reducing stress and helping to find balance. This is the only body that you’ve got and it is time to start taking better care of it. Think of yourself in terms of your car or other assets that require general care. You wouldn’t run your car into the ground and skip all of the necessary maintenance, would you? No, you want to protect your investment. Why should it be any different with your body? Keep those doctors’ appointments. Get to the dentist. See a chiropractor if you need to. Invest in yourself. Your body is your most important asset. If you don’t care for it, who will?
So what does iHerb have to do with all this self-care talk?
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Give yourself a self-care spa day at home:
One of the things I love to do to relax is set up a mini spa at home and spend some time going through my personal self care routine. This usually includes locking myself in the bathroom with my essential oil diffuser running. From there spend some time dry brushing. It helps to promote better circulation, reduce stress, help with cellulite, improve digestions and tighten and tone the skin.
Next, I like to grab a hot cup of coffee or even a glass of wine, depending on the day and give myself a pedicure. I get a hot tub of water and mix a peppermint and tangerine foot soak into the water. After letting my feet soak for about 20 minutes, or until the water is no longer warm, I coat my feet in an invigorating peppermint foot scrub and use a pumice stone to exfoliate and slough away the dead skin. It leaves my feet feeling baby smooth.
Going through this whole routine leaves me feeling relaxed, restored, and rejuvenated. It's amazing what carving out a little personal time can do for my overall mood and emotional wellness. Not to mention, all the products I use to go through that whole self-care routine last for months and cost far less than going to get a mani/pedi just once.
Find holistic ways to manage stress and get better sleep:
First off, I want to note that there is no one size fits all approach to supplementation. This is not to be taken as medical advice. Please consult your physician before starting any new supplements.
With that out of the way, I wanted to share with you another part of my self-care routine. For me, high stress levels and a lack of quality sleep can make me feel really off balance. One problem exacerbates the other. So personally, these are areas that need my constant focus. One of the ways that I help manage my stress levels and get a good nights sleep is by taking natural supplements.
I take a cortisol support supplement to help support a healthy adrenal stress response and a melatonin supplement to help promote a restful nights sleep without the groggy effects of chemical sleep aids.
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