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10 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Practice Self-Care

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We hear the term self-care quite often now. We all know that taking care of ourselves should most certainly be a priority. The thing is, the world is so fast, the people are so busy and things like self-care, proper nutrition, exercise, etc., just get overlooked.

The reality is, especially for women, there is just so much to do. There are so many people who need our attention and unfortunately we don’t realize that we are important too!

Although this concept of putting our needs ahead of those of others may feel so far away, but there is hope. Let’s go over some super easy ways that you can actually make self-care happen on a regular basis. Let’s face it, being a girl is hard but making sure to love yourself can be easy. So let’s simplify!

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1. Actually Use Your Phone to Talk to Someone (not text!)

We go through the days, the weeks and sometimes the months, without really keeping in touch with our social circles. Yes, you talk to people at work, at the gas station and when you Drive-Thru to get your morning coffee. They might give you a false sense of fulfilment in the social interaction category of your life, but those are not genuine friend to friend conversations that your mind needs.

Do yourself a favor and write down a list of close friends that you would like to stay in touch with. Take 10 mins at least twice a week and call up your people. I know calling people seems like an ancient gesture but it makes a difference because it is WAY more personable.

Hearing someone’s voice and their expressions is worth way more than just reading it in text. That friend will know that you went out of your way to dial their number, instead of just shooting out a text! Have a good solid talk with the person you call and I guaranteed you will enhance your connections with those who are important to you. This will build stronger bonds and you will discover that you always have a solid support system.

2. Go for a Nature Walk (by yourself)

One of the most successful people I’ve ever met (and great friend) told me something once. What she told me really stuck in my head and now I practice this very thing. She said every morning she would get out of bed, and before even having breakfast, she would briskly walk through the forest trail behind her house. She told me that the air seems amazingly fresh that early in the morning.

Your mind is automatically cleared of all the clutter and stress. Taking in all the nature and really learning to be in the moment, truly does wonders for someone’s mind. She also told me that this small amount of time every morning is where her most lucrative ideas came from for her business.

Moreover, sometimes all you need to heal yourself from a stressful day is to just get outside and walk. Walking not only benefits your mental self-care but also your physical self-care.

According to an article published in Harvard Health Publishing, walking reduced the risk of cardiovascular events by 31% and cut the risk of dying by 32%. The findings also showed the reduction of cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, vascular stiffness, inflammation, and mental stress.

You don’t need any more evidence that walking is an easy, not to mention free, way to give yourself some quality time to think and also reap the physical benefits!

3. Make Your Bed

This is an easy one. You may roll out of bed still groggy, tired and sometimes grumpy. Maybe your alarm didn’t pleasantly go off when you were done your REM cycle. You may have been in the middle of a great dream or you just really didn’t get a restful night’s sleep.

Making your bed is perhaps the last thing on your mind when you wake up. The thing is it really only takes a few minutes to do. Try at least making your bed look made and see how you feel about it afterwards.

This quick self-care task has the potential to jump-start your day on the right track. Feeling accomplished and organized right off the bat can help extend the positive feeling into the rest of your day.

4. Reflect on Your Goals

We all have goals and most likely you have them stored in your head. Actually writing them down on paper, can truly change the outcome of whether you attain your goals or not. Time management Coach and Business Coach, Mark Pettit states that, when goals are written down you are more likely to intellectually engage and emotionally connect with the result of the goal you want to achieve.

Putting aside 5 or 10 minutes out of your day to write down a specific goal, or to go over the goals you already have set, will benefit your mood tremendously.

Feeling like there is a clear path to obtaining something you want will ease your mind and help your brain focus.

5. Put On A Good Song

You hit the half day crash and you feel like you just want to go back to sleep. You need some motivation to get through the rest of your busy day with your kids, or you are at work and the time just doesn’t seem to be moving.

Take a quick 5 minutes, pop in some headphones, and just listen to a good song. Music is extremely powerful and effective in producing some positive vibes.

Personally, I hate doing dishes. One thing that helps me get through them is putting on some music to get me pumped up. Listening to something motivating can really turn a daunting task into a positive, fun experience!

6. Do Some Yoga

It is common knowledge that Yoga is good for you in so many ways. When you practice yoga often, your body will reap the numerous benefits. When I was diagnosed with general anxiety disorder (GAD), yoga was my first line of defence. Within a short period of time I was able to confidently say that yoga significantly helped my symptoms.

An article found at healthline.com states, that there is evidence that shows yoga may have anti-depressant effects and could help decrease symptoms of depression. Yoga decreases cortisol levels, a stress hormone that influences levels of serotonin, the neurotransmitter often associated with depression.

Whatever your situation, there is no doubt that adding yoga into your daily self-care routine will do wonders for your body and your mind.

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7. Put A Little Make-up On

No, I am not saying everyone needs make-up on. I know my husband always says he doesn’t understand why I put make-up on at all. Yes- we are all beautiful au naturel of course! The thing is, sometimes it just helps to feel even more beautiful if my features are accentuated with a bit of bronzer or my eye bags are covered up.

If putting on make-up is something you normally don’t do, plan out a simple 5-minute routine that you can manage to do everyday. For example, quickly throw some blush on your cheeks, put some concealer under your eyes, paint your lashes with mascara and smoother on some lip gloss. Easy! Use whatever products you need that allows you to feel like a goddess.

Feeling beautiful and put-together is worth every minute. Prioritizing yourself is required for your sanity and setting up an easy daily self-care regimen should be second-nature.

8. Squeeze In A Quick Workout

You may think that because you are busy all day that you can’t get a quick, effective workout in. I’m telling you right now that is so far from the truth.

Taking the time to complete a small series of exercises can change your mood for the better. There is nothing like post-workout endorphins. Knowing that you contributed to your health and well-being for the day is amazing for self-care.

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9. Eat A Healthy Lunch

Let’s be honest, that sad excuse for a lunch you threw into a to-go container last night does’t count as a well planed out healthy lunch. Sometimes we aren’t thinking of what our body needs. If you look at food as a way to nourish yourself instead of just conveniently tackling hunger then you may start to eat differently.

How to train yourself to start eating better is a whole other post in it self. My point here is, at least once in a while make yourself a nice big healthy lunch.

Eating is obviously something that you have to do anyways, just tweak it and make a conscious effort to add more nutrition to your meals. Add a rainbow of vegetables, dress up your boring sandwich with some roasted red peppers and gourmet cheese, cut up some fruit- you get the drift! Your body will thank you.

10. Take A Nap

Honestly, I am guilty of not taking advantage of prime napping opportunities. There is always something else to do. The thing is, getting adequate sleep is crucial for the brain. Resting your mind and body during the day may help you play catch-up if you are struggling to get enough sleep at night.

An article from John Hopkins Medicine reveals that, people who napped for 30 to 90 minutes had better word recall – which is a sign of good memory – than people who did not nap or who napped for longer than 90 minutes. People who napped for that golden 30 to 90 minutes were also better at figure drawing, another sign of good cognition. 

In other words, napping may help improve cognitive function but only if you make sure to set your alarm for no more than an hour and a half. Furthermore, getting in some Zs during the day will always benefit you verses completely overlooking the idea.

To sum everything up…

It is very possible to start taking care of yourself. Using the above points you can now say you have the tools to easily input some self-care anywhere in your day.

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