Sustainable Wellbeing: Self Care and Ways to Relax
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Self Care and Ways to Relax
Is it hard to find the time to focus on self care?
Yes, I understand - I felt the same way.
Mastering self care took practice. But guess what it was actually easier doing it than thinking about it.
Learning ways you can work self care in to your daily routine, is the number one way you can support your wellbeing.
Practicing self care daily, especially when you feel there are more important things to do - is essential to a sustainable state of wellbeing.
Looking after yourself number one, then everyone and everything comes after that.
Easier said than done?
Why is self care important?
Self-care is about respecting your body and mind.
Having a self-care daily routine means when stressful situations arise you are more likely to manage them more effectively.
Managing stress will protect your energy levels, aid in relaxation and help you thrive.
Feelings of stress; overwhelm, anxiety and anxious are toxic to your nervous system. Your nervous system often can't determine stress from emotional and physical threats. Which is fine in manageable levels.
Why is daily self care important?
The importance of creating a self-care daily routine is that once you make self-care a habit and a daily commitment you will practice self-care without giving it so much thought.
Your self-care daily routine will become a practice that even when you are busy.
Easy Self Care Daily Routines
Self care daily routines ideas to support and your self-improvement, motivation to feel good about being you.
Self Care Basics
Get outside (or at least see outside) even if its sipping a tea on your balcony or at the window. See the outside world, connect with a tree, the sky and breathe deep.
Drink water Our bodies are made up of an average of 60% water (more in certain organs). It makes sense to keep yourself running in top shape you need to consume water.
An average of 2 litres is suggested which is approximately 8 glasses of water.
Use flight mode Turn off and disconnect from your phone. The physical action of turning flight mode on and stoping any transmitting sign overnight will mentally flick a switch to help support you to unwind overnight.
List of Self Care Ideas
1. Self-care Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is a healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being.
Diffuse aromatic essential oils in a ceramic cool mist diffuser, to improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit.
Always make sure they are essential oils, fragrance oils are not as good for you to breathe in and smell fake.
Essential oils to help you relax and unwind
Lavender - Helps you relax, as the aroma changes your brain waves, helping you enter a state of relaxation, also beneficial for rest and sleep.
Geranium - Relieves anxiety due to its anti-depressant attributes.
Chamomile - Excellent for relaxation as promotes tranquillity and soothing relief.
Ylang Ylang - Results in a bodily calm of the nervous system, lowers heart rate and uplifts mood.
Sage - Promotes anxiety relief as has been found to have a similar effect as anti-depressants, including relief from period pain and symptoms of menopause.
2. The NOW: Live in the Moment
Can you 'just be'? Test yourself!
Aim for 3 minutes - set a timer then clear your mind. Hold on to a clear mind.
You may think it's only 3 minutes - it's not as easy as it seems to keep thoughts out of your mind.
Add to this a full heart, feel completely satisfied and 'ok' in your chest as you clear your mind from everything.
Add 2 minutes every week until you reach your self-care goal of 20 minutes.
3. What are the Benefits of Deep Breathing?
Keep your body and mind in the realm of low-key through being aware of the breaths you take.
These techniques will assist you to function at your best, they only take a few minutes a day and they are free.
Deep breathing routine daily benefits:
Deep breathing routine daily techniques
How to breathe deeply for the best health and well-being benefits?
1. Inhale as long and deep as you can, exhale long and fluidly. Continue this process extending the times for each interval. Repeat as time permits. Do so regularly through the day.
2. Cover your nostril with your thumb and breathe in the alternate side, swap thumbs and nostrils and breathe out. Continue this pattern - slow and steady.
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5. Create a Capsule Wardrobe full of Sustainable Fashion
Spending money on fashion that you don't need carries a huge burden, I know it makes me feel guilty that I have spent money on something not worthwhile. A regret that I haven't bought something that I actually needed.
Create a capsule wardrobeand have an entire wardrobe of sustainable fashion, clothes and accessories that last longer than the latest trend and season.
Clothes that make you feel good, that were actually worth spending money on.
6. Listen to Music that Sounds as you Want to Feel
I incorporate my daily self-care routine into my day by working to music that makes me feel more relaxed.
Sounds that are detoxing my senses as I work.
As I write I am listening to this meditation music⤵
7. Why Walking Helps Self-care
Walking stimulates your brain waves with oxygen that promotes positive thoughts and generates ideas. This gives you a well-deserved mind break from worries and the mundane.
Taking a walk will wake you up and rejuvenating your spirit. Walking helps prevents heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Tones your body and trims your waistline.
Everything will seem more achievable and possible.
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9. Unplug from Technology for an Hour a Day
Disconnect technology for an hour a day - whoah, seriously?
Yes! Do it for a week and notice the difference in your life. Or go right back to where you were if you don't - worth a try.
10. Be with nature
Watch the waves and hear the sounds of the ocean
Feel the wind blow around you, examine the colours of fallen leaves
Touch grass, feel the fibres through your fingers - take a deep long breath in and slow and long out - absorbing the day
Take a walk through trees, ponder how long they have been standing there
11. Drink a soothing cup of Tea
Which teas help the body unwind and relax?
Ah, Tea - once you find the right one you realise how much happier, more relaxed or energized a cup of tea can make you feel.
It's worth spending the time to match the tea to your needs, personality and make it a habit.