Self care rituals should be part of your wellness routine. These health tips will help you take care of not just your body, but also your mind.
In case it’s not obvious, taking care of yourself is more than eating, sleeping, showering and fitting in some asanas. You have heard about the whole self love thing, right? I have to admit, I rolled my eyes a few times when the idea was first introduced to me because it seemed so vague and obtuse. It’s really quite simple though. Self love is practiced in little moments and it cannot be overstated, the importance of including it in your wellness routines. As health tips go, these are rather enjoyable too.
I invite you to consider how super connected we are to the environment, that our immune systems interact daily with what is happening in the world, that women’s bodies are tuned into the cycles of the moon, that we mirror the oceans with similar ratios of salt to water and that ultimately we are meant to thrive. With that said, we are highly capable of being healthy and finding ways to sustain both our bodies wellness, as well as the planets. What does this have anything to do with self care? Connecting to nature is a big deal and a big part of loving oneself.
Try these seven health tips to offer yourself some peace, tranquility, a little fun and may you thrive!
Quality time with self
Think solo picnic. I mean the fancy kind with the wicker basket stocked proper with silver and a wine glass (or a jar cuz #lifeinamasonjar). Bring your favorite blanket or tapestry and a pillow, why not? Stock fresh fruit like grapes, melon, mango and whatever you love to sink your teeth into and of course, something fresh to sip on. Remember it’s the end of summer so why not one last love affair with your fave flaves? Oh, and chocolate. Duh.
Stay at Home Spa Day
This is just a more luxurious version of your regular hygiene. Who cares, go all out and make it your own designer life. Light some candles, set aside at least two solid self love hours, turn off all the tech and turn up the bass-y jazz. You might decide to make some special self-care products yourself ahead of time or purchase them from your local market. Massage your feet and legs lightly with a sugar scrub after soaking for 20m in a hot peppermint bath. Follow up with a foot cream and some cozy socks. Did somebody say ‘hot spa date?’
A Self-Made Fancy Dinner
The catch? That you are cooking it for your self! Yay, chef day. Not excited about cooking? Well, there’s no easy way to say this, my friend. You’re going to have to bust out the recipe book (or look it up on the Googs) and try something new. You can do it. Making food for others is one of the greatest gifts we can give except for when we give it to ourselves. When we take the time to nourish the body, sit down and take the space to enjoy it, we feel gratitude for the bounty and make our whole self happy.
Simple, right? That’s the point. Too often we get stuck in the idea that everything must be epic to be worthy of doing. I welcome you to be anti-epic for a moment and refuse to create more work for yourself. This isn’t even following up an hour of Vinyasa Flow. This is just, all by itself, laying in corpse pose for as many minutes as it takes for you to no longer feel the floor underneath you. Take deep breaths, listen to some chill piano music and let your body be.
Make a tennis ball and a foam roller your best friend. Seriously, it is so easy to reduce tension in the body with a few simple techniques that will save you hundreds of dollars in manual therapy!
Getting a massage is wonderful, but when you don’t have time or cash try this: Sit up straight and take a few deep breaths. Slowly squeeze your left hand with your right and inch your way up to your shoulders squeezing slowly with each breath. Repeat on the other side.
Give your neck a few rolls and lightly massage the back of your neck and up the sides into your jaw and face. Use a foam roller on large muscles and allow time to adjust. When you feel nice and relaxed lay on your back with your knees bent and place the tennis ball under your upper back between your shoulder blade and your spine. Find the tender spot and relax into it breathing slowly for no more that 90 seconds on each spot. Repeat this process along your spine into your lower back and buttocks. You will feel like a new person!
Stress Relief Techniques
The best stress relief I ever did see was the coloring book my kid got me. I was in Chinese med school and we had exams every week in anatomy and point location. She would often color in her books and we would draw together, but I was always so distracted. When I took intentional time to doodle or color it felt like such a nice stress reliever. Now, I regularly set aside time to collage or paint because cultivating creative expression is the key to wellness.
Let yourself go: Naked Glow-in-the-Dark Dance Party
Does anyone remember Grey’s Anatomy? I know, it’s so early 2000s, but the two main’s, Meredith and Cristina, would often shake off their stress and turmoil with a dance-it-out-moment. Yep, that’s what I am saying you do only with glow in the dark paint and the least clothing as possible. Why naked? Cuz it’s time we all just got a little more comfortable with the skin we’re in and playtime is good for the soul.
These health tips will take you a long way in terms of connecting with nature. However you choose to show yourself the love you deserve is up to you, but it’s important that you build it into your everyday life. If you don’t, who will?