First of all let's look at what self-care means. The practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress. This has been a time of stress for most people and anxiety. The fear of the unknown and how to protect ourselves and our loved one from this virus that is surfacing right now seems to be part of our background noise, that permeates the culture. Self care allows us to be strong and then we can also serve our immediate families too. So self care will positively make a difference for the well being of our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. We need to set goals and choose things that we feel will strengthen us. It varies from person to person. But will have positive effects on each person. It can be very simple something that you will do each morning and evening.
So let's take a few minutes to consider how this might look for you.
Instead of starting out your day stressed or restless from a sleepless night, you might want to begin your day with a period of Contemplation, either in the form of meditation and or prayer, recitations, spiritual study. These types of activities help released stress and realign ourselves to Happiness and letting go of concerns. Deep breathing or pranayama which is a Sanskrit word used to describe yoga breathing exercises. This is also an excellent form of breathe work that serves to release stress. it improves our mental clarity and benefits our health.
A nice long shower is always relaxing and cleansing and helps to release stress. Take time to create an herbal shower with Essential oils. Choose oils that bring happy thoughts so that you can start your day with positive energy. A nice bath gel infused with essential oils transforms your shower. Here are a few to choose from. Lavender, Rose, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Jasmine.
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Make sure you include time for exercise, yoga, Tai Chi, BaGua, Dance as physical exercise gives you the opportunity to move your energy and balance your Chi. It is restoring and enlivening and also extremely good for your health altogether. Weight lifting tones your body and greatly releases stress. Kettle Bells are another way to strengthen your body and release stress. And walking in nature regenerates one's Spirit.
Diffusing essential oils in a cold air diffuser has the ability to transform your environment with many healing benefits. It also has a positive effect on our emotions. As we breath in the oils because the molecular structure of the oils are so tiny they can easily move through the limbic system and have many beneficial effects to our emotions and the health of our whole body.
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At the end of your day don't forget your Spa Special, a Hot Bath, if you are a lover of baths. this is the perfect time to include essential oils and also to diffuse your favorite oils to relax and unwind.
And if you prefer a Foot Bath try this recipe.
And a simple facial scrub will give your skin added nutrients and rejuvenate your face.
Here are a few ideas for face masks that you can also try.
This Winter Hydration Mask is from Lindsey Elmore.
So you see we have lots of tips that you can use for a bit of Self Care and relaxation that will reduce stress and therefore make a positive affect on your well being.