Tuesday, September 17, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Practice Self Care

The older I get the more I realize how much I need some simple self care during my day-preferably things I can do at home.  I find that when I take care of myself in little ways throughout the day, I am just happier and a better me. Below are my top 5 favorite things to do to help care for myself!

1. Dry Brushing
Have you tried dry brushing? I recently discovered this and fell in love.  Dry brushing has many benefits including: exfoliating skin, promoting circulation, supporting the lymphatic system, and helping the body detoxify.

A great time to dry brush is right before you shower so that you can wash off dead skin cells in the shower. There are YouTube videos, Pinterest diagrams, and many articles on how to dry bush. The gist is that you want to be brushing towards your heart (so up your legs/arms). I use a small brush on my face and brush lightly in circular motions.

I bought the above 3 piece dry brushing set on Amazon and I highly recommend it. I like that it comes with 3 brushes so I have one for my face, one that reaches my back, and then one for my legs and arms. I clean mine after every use by spraying DoTerra's On Guard hand sanitizer on the bristles. 

2. Detox Bath
Who else loves baths? They are so relaxing to me! A few years ago I started taking detox baths which I have noticed are really relaxing and just make me feel better. I mix the following together and then add to a mason jar. I usually have to double or triple this depending on the size of the mason jar I am using. Every time I take a bath I just pour about 1/2 cup (to a cup) in the bath water. This mason jar gets me about 6 baths.

Detox Bath recipe:
2 cups Epsom salt
2 Tbs Baking soda
4-6 drops Essential Oils

I also like to treat myself and use my favorite bath bombs. I especially love these because they contain Shea Butter and Coconut Oil which add extra moisture to my skin and make my skin so soft!

3. Spend 30 minutes doing something for you
I try and carve out 30 minutes (sometimes it is just 20 minutes-but better than nothing) to do something that I enjoy (that isn't work). Most of the time, it is reading a book. Maybe this is taking a walk, watching a TV show, baking, working on a craft. There are so many things. The days go by so fast anymore so make a part of your day doing something you love!

4. Meditation, Devotions, Journaling
Taking a little time out of your day to meditate, journal, or read a personal development book can be a great way to help care for your mental health. Personally, I journal, read my Bible, and work through a book for about 20 minutes a day. I really try and do this to start my day but sometimes it happens in the afternoon. This time is valuable to me because it's where I reflect, learn, and be still.

5. Eat/Drink/Sleep/Move Your Body
Ok this is 4 in 1 :)! We've all heard it- eat to nourish your body, drink half of your body weight in water, sleep 7-8 hours at night, and move your body. I can't not mention these things because they have made a big difference in my mental and physical health.

Eating is the hardest for me. I get lazy. I love sweets. I could eat carbs all day long. But I find I am so tired and feel just blah when I am not eating to nourish my body. Drinking water hasn't been a problem for me (thankfully) and I have noticed clearer skin and just plain feeling better when I drink a lot of water.

I learned years ago that I HAVE to get at least 7 hours of sleep to function and to function well. I really make it a priority to get to bed in time to give myself at least 7 hours of sleep. And when I don't it's a domino effect- I'm cranky, I'm lazy, I don't eat well.

And last but not least, move your body! How much better do you feel when you move your body?! There are so many options and personally I love lifting weights at the gym with a little cardio.  Going on walks is another favorite. What is your favorite way to move your body?

We are all different and these four things look a little different for all of us. So find what works for you and do it well!

Now your turn, what are some ways that you care for yourself?

**linking up with ErikaJaclyn and Erin

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