When it comes to self-care, we usually tend to think of face masks, massages, baths with candles, etc. – but self-care doesn’t have to involve fancy pampering, or cost you a fortune! Self-care can mean so many different things, but it’s basically anything you do to take care of your mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. Here are 13 simple self-care hacks you can incorporate into your daily routine to promote healthier and happier living – or even get you out of a quarantine funk.
Create new workout habits
I’m sure I don’t have to tell you guys all the benefits of regular exercise – but working out has definitely become even more important to me in quarantine. My body has been craving extra movement in lockdown, but I know it can be hard to keep yourself motivated and consistent when it comes to exercising at home. Create new workout habits to keep things fresh! It can be as simple as exploring new virtual options at fitness studios and gyms.
If you’re looking for simple (but effective) ways to make exercise a daily habit, here is how I stay on track with my at-home workouts!
Limit screen time
Screen fatigue and tech burnout are SO real, especially after so many of us have been cooped up for months. That also means that we’re suffering from the negative side effects of blue light on our eye health, mental health and sleep cycles. Taking some time off social – or anything with a screen – to just BE always ends up feeling so good. Even if it’s just for 30 minutes! Here is how you can be more mindful about your tech use.
Studies show that spending time outdoors can make you healthier and happier. It can boost immunity and energy levels, lower blood pressure, reduce stress and improve mood and focus. As if I needed any more reasons to go on my daily walks!
This year, sleep care is the new self-care! We all know sleep has a plethora of health benefits, but how many of us *actually* get at least 7 hours of sleep every night? Sleep is vital to our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, and it’s an essential function that allows our minds and bodies to recharge and repair. Here is how you can prioritize sleep and invest in rest!
Stretch before bed
Stretching is a natural sleep remedy; it can help you fall asleep faster and improve sleep quality. Getting in touch with your body by stretching helps to refocus your attention on your breath and body rather than the stressors of the day. Try stretching before bed to relax, unwind and rejuvenate the body!
Once you organize aspects of your life, it’s usually followed by a feeling of relief. Take the time to organize and clear up old emails, old notes, your workspace, etc. I promise you’ll have a clearer head and feel a boost of productivity!
Drink hot water
Sipping on hot water has so many health benefits. It helps relieve congestion, improve digestion and circulation, decrease anxiety and stress levels and aid the body’s detoxification systems.
For an extra health booth (and a dose of vitamin C), add a slice of lemon to your water!
Studies show that regularly practicing gratitude is linked to better physical and psychological health, increased mental strength, higher self-esteem, improved relationships and higher quality sleep. One way I like to practice gratitude is by keeping a gratitude journal. It can be as simple as writing down 5 things you’re grateful for that day!
This one is a simple hack! Proper hydration helps regulate body temperature, prevent infections, keep organs functioning properly, deliver nutrients to cells and improves sleep quality, cognition and mood. Even mild dehydration can cause fatigue, poor concentration and irritability, so make sure you’re staying hydrated! Try drinking between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh.
Daily affirmations help encourage a life filled with positivity and gratitude. Negative thoughts can become habitual, and the only way to counteract them is with a positive mindset. By repeating daily affirmations, you can become more aware of your daily thoughts and words, keep yourself surrounded by the things you want in life, put small things into perspective and keep you in a constant state of gratitude.
Last year, I had Dr. Deepika Chopra (aka the “Optimism Doctor”) on TBF Podcast, where we talked about the science behind optimism, the physical benefits of optimism, how to be more optimistic, optimism vs. toxic positivity, how to hold space for all emotions (even the negative ones), and so much more. Definitely give the episode a listen here, or check out this blog post!
Mindfulness is basically a type of meditation where you focus on being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment. Whether you’re practicing TM, breathwork or just simply staying present, mindfulness is a vital element I suggest incorporating into your daily routine. Here are the mindfulness tips and lessons I learned in 2020 that I’m holding on to this year.
Studies shows that journaling can help you cope with negative feelings, reduce stress, allow yourself to self-reflect, inspire creativity, keep your thoughts organized and improve your relationships with others. Take at least 5 minutes out of your morning or nighttime routine to write down your thoughts!
Wake up a little earlier
I always say that what you do in the morning sets the tone for your entire day, so taking small steps to have a healthier – and earlier – morning really makes all the difference. Waking up a little earlier than your usual time might sound like the last thing you want to do, but those extra few minutes of free time can feel like a luxury! Here are a few tips on how to become a morning person.
What are your favorite ways to practice self-care? I would love to know!
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