Wellness Wednesday: A Quick and Dirty Guide to Self Care
Hello there Denizens,
Welcome back for another installation of Wellness Wednesday. This month, we are focusing on self-care. Last time on the blog we went over why, despite the commonly held idea that self-care is a luxury, it should be a staple in your health arsenal. This week, I go HAM, and give you some easy self-care tips that are sure to make a positive impact on your health as well as your mental and physical gains when practiced consistently.
1. Shut off your screens 30 minutes before bed. Electronic devices like cell phones, tablets, computers and televisions produce blue light, the same sort of light that your body associates with mid-day, and therefore wakefulness. Staring into blue light before bed can interfere with the quality of your sleep. To get the best night’s sleep you can, choose a book or magazine over screen time before hitting the hay.
2. Drink your water. I know I talk about this a lot, but drinking enough water really is one of the best forms of self-care you can practice. Every single chemical reaction that occurs in your body needs water to happen. As an added bonus, drinking water also helps promote weight loss and clear skin. Think of it as a spa in a bottle.
3. Take a deep breath. Speaking of spas and relaxing treatments, here’s one you can do for free, right where you are standing. For instant relaxation, try standing still and taking a few deep belly breaths, pausing after inhale before slowly blowing the breath back out. Slowing the rate of your breathing in turn slows your heart rate down and can help combat feelings of stress and anxiety as a result. This not only helps with your overall mental state, but can help ward off pesky habits like stress eating. For extra credit, try this while sitting with your eyes closed or while in the shower.
Self-care doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated in order to work. However, it IS more effective if practiced regularly, so get to it! Ensure that you are well-cared for so that you, in turn, can care for other people.