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It can be as simple as taking 10 minutes to do something indulgent before bed, or be a little more difficult, like signing up to regular exercise classes. After all, self-care is simply the act of creating healthy, everyday rituals to keep oneself feeling healthy and energized. Self-care doesn’t have to be complicated!
With increasingly busy schedules becoming the norm, people committed to self-care are often taking time at the beginning and end of each day to really focus on themselves. In the mornings, you could try dry-brushing with a natural oil, followed by a hot shower and a good breakfast to kick start your day. Then after a day of rushing around, try to create a ritual that will help slow your thoughts and lure you to sleep. Drink a cup of warm, organic chamomile tea, do a few light stretches with some quiet music playing in the background, and massage any tired muscles with a natural moisturizer. Or you could simply take a bath before bed using lavender bath oil to relax your muscles. It really is as easy as this!
You can also practice self-care rituals throughout the day, like brief moments of mindfulness and meditation. If you notice a beautiful scene, give yourself a moment to take it in. If you’re feeling stressed, put your thoughts on hold and focus on taking deep breaths. This is especially important in breaking the cycle of negative thoughts.
In his TED talk, psychologist Guy Winch talks about the dangers of negative thinking and rumination, and these mindfulness practices will help keep your thoughts positive. Distracting yourself for 2 minutes is all it takes to prevent yourself from focusing on whatever is stressing you out in life, so you can move forward productively with your day.
Self-care doesn’t have to be difficult, but more than ever it’s becoming an essential part of life. Whether you’re a busy working mum, a student pulling all-nighters to get your assignments in, or an office-worker who can never seem to get out of work on time, implementing self-care practices will help you to live a longer, healthier, happier life.