Rejuvenate your Mind + Body with Self-Care

It is such an important time to ramp up your self-care regimen. Start to relax and reclaim that part of you that tends to get lost in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There are many different ways to take care of yourself, including different aspects of your life; physical, emotional, spiritual, mental, and social. The benefits are immense. You will start to realign and harmonize your mind-body and feel a sense of calm and connect to yourself and others in a deeper way. Self-care rejuvenates and boosts your immune system and increases your compassion. Taking time for yourself brings more clarity, joy and puts you in that “flow” state. Remember it is not being selfish! You do matter, and your well-being should not be compromised. Ultimately, when you start making your self-care a priority, you become healthier, happier and more successful in all your ventures.

To start your self-care ritual, begin by making an intention each morning when you wake up. You can set mini goals for yourself, such as accomplishing one or two self-care activities that day.

Here are examples of self-care activities, and ideas to refresh, restore and realign your mind, body, and spirit. Do the ones that speak to you.

  • Take a few minutes to read a book you’ve been meaning to get to. Or read some inspiring stories, or quotes.

  • Plan a family or friends dinner. Make healthy food and come together to share stories, memories and fun times.

  • Discover calm through essential oils. Choose an oil you are drawn to, place a few drops in your hand and take big, slow inhales. Or, place a few drops in your shower or bath water. Feel the uplifted moods.

  • Talk to a friend. Make a phone call, or better yet, meet them face to face and catch up.

  • Visit a farmers market. Let your senses savor the offerings- see the bright displays of colors, smell the fresh herbs and fruits, sample a bite.

  • Recharge yourself with gemstones. Rose quartz is a lovely healing stone. Hold it in your hand, or place by a window in your room. Feel the positive vibrations it radiates.

  • Try a yoga or pilates class. Treat your body to some deep stretches, and strengthening and balancing poses.

  • Try a cooking class, or just find a new recipe and spend some quality time in the kitchen, and enjoy your creations.

  • Take a walk in nature. Find a tree to sit under. Or let your bare feet touch the earth.

  • Treat yourself to new pj's, slippers, or bed sheets. Get comfy .

  • Set a new goal for yourself. Take one small step toward achieving that goal.

  • Try an exotic flavor. Try some exotic spices or make a meal you have never had before.

  • Declutter your home or work space. You’ll also find you are freeing up mental space for new ideas.

  • Learn something new. Read an article, take a new class, take up a new language, youtube how to fix something you’ve been meaning to fix…. etc.

  • Get a plant or start a garden. Learn how to care for, and produce your own veggies or fruits.

  • Get playful. Play some music, sing and dance.

  • Smile at more people today. Go out on your normal daily routine, adding smiles along the route.

  • Silence your devices. Spend a day with no electronics, just old fashioned connecting to yourself and others.

  • Spend an hour playing a sport. Get your body active, and get your sweat on.

  • Go forest bathing. Immerse yourself in trees and mother nature. Feel the crisp air, hear the sounds around you with each step and notice the colors surrounding you.

  • Meditate. Take a few minutes to do some introspection. Nurture your soul with intentional mindful loving kindness.

  • Get a massage. Try reflexology, acupuncture or a deep tissue massage.

  • Try a pottery class or an art class. Get your hands dirty, and make some art!

  • Set a limit, and go on a little shopping spree. Buy yourself something you need, or you have been wanting.

  • Sip your favorite drink. Make an indulgent hot chocolate, a seasonal latte, or a fancy martini and savor the moment.

  • Make a to-do list. Cross one thing off the list today.

  • Plan an outing for your family or friends. Find a local event, live music, new restaurant or a park and spend some quality time together.