Self-care is not a selfish act. In fact, it is necessary in order to be our happy and authentic selves. Too often, we overload ourselves and keep pushing and pushing until we burn out. We feel stressed every day and can actually feel the break down of our minds and bodies, because of it.
Life was not meant to be lived this way. That is why self-care is so vitally important. It helps us refocus, wind down and keeps up connected with our inner selves. Once you take the time to care for yourself, everything else in your life will fall into place. It is a vicious, yet beautiful cycle.
It is okay to put yourself first by being kind and loving your own being.
To help you with this journey, here are some holistic, self-care tips that will help you realign your life and create a happy, healthier you!
1. Drink More Water
To function properly, you need water. All the cells and organs of the body need water to perform optimally, as well as lubricate the joints, protect the spinal cord and other sensitive tissues, regulate body temperature, and assist the passage of food through the intestines.
Drink water as much as you can. You will see an improvement in overall energy, in your skin health and in your ability to focus!
Tip: Find a water bottle that includes the amount of ounces contained within and keep track of your daily intake. 1 gallon a day is your goal!
2. Eat Your Greens
Research has shown that eating green, leafy vegetables can improve immunity, promote healthy gut flora, aid in the healing of inflammatory diseases and obesity, and can even control food allergies.
This applies for fruit as well. The more you eat food from the earth , the more your taste buds change to realize how delicious nature’s food really is. You will feel lighter and have more energy, as well.
Tip: Try adding leafy greens like spinach into your morning smoothie.
3. Care for your Skin
As your body’s largest organ, your skin needs love too. Find quality skin care products, made with pure, organic ingredients to wash, moisturize, exfoliate and tone. ( Check out our sampler collection here!) Create a schedule for yourself and stick to it.
To go the extra mile, choose a day out of the week to create a spa hour for yourself. Take a warm bubble bath, apply a healing mask or just simply apply your skin care slowly and carefully.
4. Exercise Regularly
Moving your body daily can transform your life. Make the time to exercise and you will get that time back times 10! Regular exercise will aid in your productivity, help with digestions, keep your energy level and help you fall asleep, faster, at the end of the day. Our bodies need movement to function properly. Working out is also a great self esteem booster!
Tip: Try exercising in some form, everyday, for one week. Record how different your mind and body feels!
Aromatherapy is more than just a relaxing ritual to calm you down after a long day. It is actually an alternative or holistic form of medicine that can heal your mind, body and soul, simultaneously.
Find your favorite essential oil blend and diffuse it throughout your home or office. With proven calming, awakening and soothing effects on the mind, you will see a difference in your overall mood, just by inhaling.
To read more about the benefits of aromatherapy, click here.
6. Read More
Expanding your mind and broaden your imagination are just two of the NUMEROUS benefits of reading a book. Whether you love to learn and increase your knowledge with non-fiction, or want to escape to a different world with fiction, pick up a book. It is the perfect way to end your day and take some quiet time to enjoy yourself.
For me, just add a cup of tea and I am in my happy place.
7. Tune Out
Your phone is always on. You are always checking social media, watching other people live their lives. Take some time to shut this distraction out and live in the moment.
In January, I did what I called a Social Media Detox, where I deleted all my profiles for the entire month. The results were amazing! After a day or two of feeling the withdrawals, I found other ways to spend my time that feeds my soul. I read more, I meditated, and I felt the world around me in every moment. I felt less discontent and more grateful for what I had.
Take some time to put this distinction aside and see what happens.8. Allow Yourself to Feel
We all get down, sad or hurt by someone. Sometimes you don’t even want to leave the couch.
That is okay. By letting yourself feel the emotion, the sooner you will overcome it. Too often we are told to stuff how we really feel deep down inside us.
Well, I am saying, don’t resist. The sooner you get it all out the sooner you can move on.
This is such a powerful tool that goes beyond helping the mind. It helps the body and the soul as well. Meditation can help us to eliminate negative thoughts, worries, anxiety, all factors that can prevent us feeling happy. It has been proven that the practice of meditation, carried out on a regular basis, will mitigate the symptoms of stress and anxiety.
Tip: Try sitting still for just 10 minutes, in a quiet room. Close your eyes and focus on what you are grateful for in your life. Meditation doesn’t have to be hours long. Make it work for you.
When you give of ourselves, our time, our resources, we feel better. It is as simple as that. By caring for yourself, you will become more open and able to give to others.
Harboring resentments and hatred toward those who have wronged us, can eat us up inside. People will hurt us all the time, but you don’t have to jeopardize your health because of it.
Let go. Forgive. Feel love.
12. Practice Positivity
Let’s face it, it's a negative world out there and staying positive can be difficult. But it is so vital to your overall happiness.
Resist the urge to gossip, to think poorly of yourself or others by focusing on what you are grateful for.
Choosing positivity will be work, but it will also be the best decision you can make.
13. Align Chakras
In order for our bodies to function optimally, all of the 7 chakras need to be balanced. If one of the energy centers is not functioning well, then the others won’t function as well as they should. Chakras transmit and receive energy through different sections of the body, translating it emotionally or physically. Too much or too little of this energy can affect the way we think, act and feel. When the chakras are balanced, it allows our energy to flow smoothly through our bodies and feel more at peace and content.
We can become unbalanced on a daily basis. If one of the energy centers is not functioning well, then the others won’t function as well as they should, which can send our bodies and emotions into free-fall.
By paying attention to our emotional selves, we can find peace and harmony within.14. Gratitude
Nothing beats sadness, depression, anxiety or discontentment like gratitude. Recite or write down the numerous things that you are grateful in your life, daily, and see your life transform.
It allows you to appreciate living in the moment and you become more aware of all the things you are blessed with. Whether it be something big like a loved one in your life, or something simple, like a delicious ripe apple for a snack.
When thinking of what you are grateful for, it is impossible to be unhappy.