How You Can Improve Your Self-Care
“You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.”
While we know how to care for others, we often procrastinate our own self-care. It feels good to give and help others, but sometimes, it can leave you drained and unable to be at your fullest potential. All of life and its attachments to relationships and responsibilities are demanding. We give our time, attention and energy to so much, when do we actually take the time to slow down and replenish?
What Does Self-Care Mean?
Self-care, according to Oxford Dictionary, by definition is: “The practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.” What role are you actively taking to maintain your health and passion to be alive? Do you find a way to balance yourself out when you are feeling a little overwhelmed or do you let it get the best of you?
Practicing the incorporation of mindful moments into your daily routine could prove to be just the right amount of self-care that you needed. Take a look at Mind Body Soul’s List of Self Care Favorites to choose from to find the right path for you!
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5 Ways You Can Improve Self-Care Habits
“The time is always now.”
1. Be Mindful Of Your Breathing
The most simple and fundamental, autonomic capability in life is the one we take for granted most often. Breathing… and the magic that happens when you focus on your breath.
In the study from The Krasnow Lab, “The brain’s breathing center is directly connected to the arousal center and the rest of the brain.” This means that by breathing consciously we can activate our arousal and pleasure centers, giving us releases of dopamine, oxytocin, and happiness.
It’s a proven fact that slow, conscious breathing can calm the nervous system and can signal the brain to relax and find peace. Every time you get the chance, take 5-10 deep breaths and you’ll see a difference in your well-being!
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2. Yoga Practice
They always say the hardest thing about Yoga is getting to the mat. Once you’re there, you’re glad you became present. That’s the joy of yoga! You have no choice but to become present in your body and then your conscious mind, allowing you to become fully present with the moment, feeling all that it is to be alive!
Even 15-minute yoga sessions in the morning or before bed can help improve sleep, reduce fatigue and promote your overall health and wellness, says Harvard Health. There’s no reason not to start!
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3. Unplug From Electronics
It’s important to recharge the energy that you have spent. When we use electronics with high frequencies, we are potentially damaging our body’s cellular makeup and disrupting our biological clocks.
Some of these electronics can be:
- Cellular Phones
- Smart TVs
- And many more!
When you unplug from social media, the high demands of texting and emails and even what you consider to be relaxing and catching up on your show, you give your body time to rest and digest.
High frequencies vibrate quickly. When they vibrate quickly within a range of us, it increases our metabolic frequency, speeding up the way our internal body moves causes cellular mutations and damage. This can even cause anxious feelings, lead to insomnia and even be a factor in infertility.
To unplug for a few hours allows you to be more present which is the greatest pathway into productive self-care!
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4. Treat Yourself To A Massage
It’s no secret that self-care indicates a little self-pampering and the first thing that comes to mind when we think of getting pampered to the fullest is a relaxing, therapeutic massage.
Massage is one of the most effective and desired ways to achieve ultimate self-care and relaxation. Not only are you doing good for your body and physical health, but you are creating a psychological calmness for your body’s central nervous system.
Massage can have a somatic release effect on the emotional body, so if you have been feeling pent up with energy – getting a massage could be the one thing that helps assist you in letting go to make room for what makes you feel good.
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5. Book A Facial Appointment
We don’t always have time to maintain our greatest skin care routine. If we’ve had a long day with the kids, work, house chores, and errands, by the time we get home, the last thing we want to do is apply an entire skin care routine that takes another 20 minutes out of our day.
When you book a facial appointment with a skin care specialist, you can take all the effort and guesswork out of what your skin is doing, why it’s changing with the seasons and have a professional take a look at those bothersome blemishes.
From a new and simpler regimen to allowing yourself to receive the deep benefits of a cleansing facial and face massage, you will walk away from your appointment looking and feeling beautiful and more in love with your skin than ever!
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Self-Care Is A Positive Life Choice
Regardless of who you are, where you are from and what you are trying to achieve in your daily goals, self-care is of utmost importance. Without self-care, how much of yourself can you really extend and give to the world before you become depleted?
All it takes is a little bit of conscious action applied to your life daily, in whatever ways make you feel good and connected to your inner-self, your heart, your mind, your body, and your soul, and you cannot go wrong!
You’ve already given so much. Give back to yourself! Come and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere in the Healing Center of Mind Body Soul in New Smyrna Beach.
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Author: Dee Haller, Spa Specialist, Mind Body Soul