Who’s your role model? Mine has been, and always will be my Mom. She taught me everything, but the most important lessons she taught me were about how to treat myself right. In light of International Self Care Day on July 24th I’d love to share some of what I learned.
1. Pamper yourself
Take some time for yourself and do something every day that makes your heart sing. Yes, self-care is what you do for yourself every day. No, brushing your teeth (while appreciated) doesn’t really count. It’s something that makes you love yourself, your body and how you how feel. Maybe it’s a nice, hot bath at the end of the day where you get to unplug and take a deep, warming, calming breath in. Maybe it’s learning to practice meditation, taking 1, 5 or 10 minutes every morning to tap into your inner yogi. It could as simple as grabbing moisturizer, adding a drop of your favorite aromatherapy scent and giving yourself a foot massage.
2. Get moving
Get moving. Get your blood flowing and your heart pumping–even something short can be effective. Bonus points if it gets you outside so you can breathe in some fresh air.
What can you do to get moving? Take the stairs. Sure, you’ve heard this one before. That’s because it’s simple, effective and something you can start right now. Here’s the kicker—take the stairs even when you don’t want to. Say you’re carrying groceries home, they’re heavy and the urge to take the elevator, just this time, is real. Take the stairs. Work on the 15th floor? Take the stairs, pretend the elevator doesn’t exist.
If you’re already a stair master and you’re looking for easy moves you can add into your day, check out these three workout moves you can do pretty much anywhere. Self-care is all about all the little things you do for yourself every day so tie up your shoes and get to working it.
3. Eat Right
This is something you can do for yourself not once but many times every day. Eating right can include crêpes and will mean something different to everyone. What I’m talking about here isn’t specific foods but rather eating foods that make you feel good. This means foods that make you feel good when you’re eating AND long after you’re done. Focus on foods that make you feel energized, alive and good about how you look. Every time you eat you have the chance to show yourself some love. Take your meal time one step further by practicing mindful eating.
4. get enough sleep
Getting enough sleep is important for your overall health and wellness and will help you feel energized and ready to take on the day. This means going to sleep early to counteract the hours you are losing when you wake up early. Looking for easy ways to catch some ZZZs and wake up energized? Check out our top tips for waking up energized.
5. Get outside
Get out of your head and get on with living your fab life. Don’t wait for “the right time” or for “when ___ (fill in the blank with whatever is keeping you from caring for yourself — when my kids grow up, when I finish this project at work, when I loose five pounds, etc)” to take good care of yourself. Start now. Your body loves you, love your body back. You may be surprised to find how easy it is to treat yourself right, and how good you will feel by doing it.
How do you treat yourself right on the daily?