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Even though this is the most wonderful time of the year, the holidays can bring about extra stress. Do you find yourself stuck in this limbo? Today I wanted to share 7 Simple Self Care Practices I’ve started to put in place to keep my mind, body and soul healthy not just through the holidays, but moving forward to living a healthier lifestyle.
7 Simple Self Care Practices for a Healthy Mind, Body and Soul
Self care seems like it would be an easy thing to check off your daily list, but I find it even easier to put yourself last as a care giver. If you’re struggling to find a balance like me, read on to learn some simple self care practices you can start incorporating in your daily life right now and reap the rewards!
Mediation simply means deliberately taking some time out during the day to just be. Literally stop in every sense of the word. That few minutes might surprise you in how much more in tune with your body you’ll be. Shut everything else out, and sit in the quiet. I am not use to this one friends. Even when my body gets a breather from school drop offs and picks up, and house work and the list goes on my mind always feels like it’s running at 100 miles an hour. I’m going to be honest, meditation has somewhat been difficult for me, but SO worth it. At first I felt guilty for “wasting time”, but I quickly realized not only do I deserve that little bit of me time to check out, but it’s made a difference in how I start my day. I have been doing my meditation bright and early in the morning. I like to breathe deeply, and literally count my blessings.
Spending time in the sunshine and good old fresh air does wonders for my mind, body and soul. Whether you’re soaking it up with a family walk, which we try and do every night, or just sitting on your back porch while the kid’s play it’s another simple way to fill your body with good vibes.
I’ve tried plenty of exercise programs, and the best advice I can give you is find an exercise program you actually enjoy doing. I know that seems like a pretty straight-forward logical thing to do, but you’d be surprised how many people think they have to get their butt kicked in the gym to get a good work out in, and that’s just not true. It can be as simple as a daily family walk like I mentioned above. Enjoy dancing, check out dance studios in your area. Have you given Zumba or Yoga a try? Step out of your comfort zone, because you might surprise yourself. I promise you exercise doesn’t have to be hard or take up a lot of your time. Sometimes just chasing the kids all day is exercise enough, but get into a healthy habit of being active for a set amount of time to ensure you get your exercise in.
I’ve unintentionally taken a break from social media a couple times the last few weeks. Election season has been a tough one friends. Sometimes you just don’t agree with the people you love, and that’s ok, but it doesn’t make it any easier to handle. Unplugging and removing yourself from certain situations is the best thing to do sometimes.
This goes from de-cluttering items in your home that are just taking up space and collecting dust, to de-cluttering your friend’s list on Facebook. Yes, neither is very fun, but in the end you’ll feel a lot lighter. If you haven’t worn an item of clothing for over a year, it’s ok to let it go friends. I know you love it, but it’s time. A great option is to donate your items! I know I always hoard things because I think throwing it away would be wasteful, but by donating you’re helping someone else so it’s a win/win! If you don’t want to deal with running into someone who you unfriended on Facebook, I understand that it’s easier sometimes to not have to deal with that. With that said
I know friends, this is easier said than done. What’s helped me meet my goals in healthy eating is to meal prep. Again this can take as much or as little time as you want, but set it up so you’re setting yourself up for success! I’ve been writing out our weekly menus two weeks in advance, and I feel this has helped us so much. It’s definitely cut down on eating out, and the urge to just run through the drive thru. Plus when we go grocery shopping I have been sticking to the list, so no extras that would just bring temptations.
Vitamins and Supplements
This is a new one for me friends. The irony is I make sure the kid’s get in their daily vitamins, but I never even thought to take some for myself. Silly right? Monkey see, monkey do – and we are all better for it!
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