Self-Care: Practices for a Balanced Life

When life gets busy it’s easy to put ourselves on the back burner. If you are a giver you need implement that extra effort to give back to yourself.

No one’s self-care practice is the same, it can be as simple as taking a long bubble bath at night or taking the time to read a book.

What matters is that you find a simple self-care practice for yourself that helps you unwind and take a break from the complexity of life.

Rejecting the idea of taking much needed “me time” because you don’t have time for that or are too busy can create a build up of feelings of resentment and anger. You are worthy of an hour to recharge. Grant yourself that hour, maybe implementing it daily. You might just notice that you will be more productive, happier and healthier.

10 Steps to a Balanced Life

1. Learn to Cook a New Recipe Weekly

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Cooking is surprisingly meditative. Take the time to finally make that new recipe that you saved on Pinterest or saw somewhere else online! It’s not only enjoyable for your taste buds but it also gives you a sense of accomplishment. Make yourself something you’ve never tried before. Maybe there’ll even be leftovers for the next day!

This week I got inspired from a friend to make a Sesame noodle dish. I’ll be adding some roasted broccoli and carrots to it. Check out the recipe here 🙂

2. Read a Book

I know, easier said than done. But I promise you, find one spectacular book that you’ll get hooked to and you will look forward for the next spare moment you have to read. Reading encourages a sense of peace, it transports you somewhere else, allowing you to release any troubling tensions you may have.

I recommend: The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton, Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton or The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls!

3. Go for a Walk

Find the time to walk either in the morning before work or at night. Move and stretch your legs! Walking makes your bones stronger, improves your balance and can be turned into a social activity. Walking for at least 30 minutes a day will help you generate new creative ideas, reduce levels of stress, and will help you stay grounded. Even if you can’t commit to 30 minutes, a little is better than nothing at all.

4. Unplug

Take a break from social media. We can easily drown out the present by endlessly scrolling down our news feed on Instagram or Facebook. Constantly seeing other people’s highlights and moments of success can take away from our own journey. Trying to limit your daily screen time is beneficial for your own peace of mind.

5. Start Creating

Colouring isn’t only fun for kids, it works wonders for adults. It is proven that your brain experiences relief by entering into a meditative state when you colour. (Source: https://www.colorit.com/)

6. Join a Yoga Studio

Yoga was not created for the magically flexible people in this world. Yoga HELPS people develop flexibility, strength and reduces symptoms of anxiety. Try it for at least a month. This will give you the time to familiarize yourself with the poses. You will find yourself cultivating a beautiful meditative practice that involves a harmony between breath and movement.

7. Say No to Others and Say Yes to Self-Care

Know when you should say yes to people and to say no when you need a break to recharge your energy. Just think of it this way, if you feel uncomfortable saying no, that “uncomfortable” moment will only last three seconds. Stand your ground and you will feel empowered when you make decisions in your best interest.

8. Get Organized

Getting organized can lead you to healthier lifestyle. If you feel cluttered and overwhelmed you can start by cleaning out 5 things from your closet a week (or a day!) and donate the items to charity.

If you feel a lack of organization in your schedule maybe it’s time to buy a calendar for your fridge, or a small agenda to keep with you in your bag. Small changes make a huge difference in terms of self-care.

9. Relax at Home

Create an inviting and safe space in your home where you can retreat to during troublesome (or happy) times. You can make yourself a cozy space with candles, crystals and throw pillows. Anything that brings on a sense of peace.

10. Self-Care with a Massage

Yes, massages feel just as amazing as they are beneficial. Massages manage pains or aches, increase circulation, flexibility and help you go into a state of deep relaxation. If you don’t feel like leaving your house reserve a mobile massage therapist to come to your house!

If you don’t feel like spending money on a massage, invest in some tennis balls or Yoga Tune Up massage therapy balls to loosen up those tight knots!

How do you take care of yourself?

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