We all have incredibly busy lives. Sometimes we have days where we are just go-go-go and there’s no slowing down in sight. But we have to realize that the only way to fully handle those busy go-go-go days is to take time to care for ourselves. I’m definitely one who has experienced the negative consequences of not taking care of myself when I needed to. When assignments, projects, and tests pile up… I’m living on leftover pizza, sleeping a total of 3 to 4 hours a night and drinking more coffee than water. When we lack self care, we reduce our body’s ability to cope and handle stressful situations.
I think that there are some misconceptions of self care. I believe a lot of people think that it’s taking an entire day to oneself, by either going to the spa or just vegging in bed, but this isn’t the only source of self care out there. For me, it can be just putting a face mask on, listening to some good tunes and maybe painting my nails. It can also be taking some time for yourself and making a delicious supper with a nice glass of wine and lighting a candle. It could be going out of your way to go to the gym on a busy day just to get a nice workout routine in to make yourself feel better. It doesn’t have to take up a lot of your time (especially if you are very busy), but it helps you recharge and that’s what self-care is all about. Anything that relaxes you for a short (or long) moment where you can recoup and get back your energy to take on the busy tasks that follow.
I’m sure we all want to stop, drop and go to the spa for a good hour long massage every week (I sure do), but when you’re really busy, let’s find small and quick alternatives that can help equally as much.
Try this: Some evening you have off – pick up a good detoxifying/exfoliating face mask and pick out a nice nail polish colour and just have a home spa evening. Light some candles, pour a glass of wine or brew a hot cup of tea, and put on your favourite relaxing album. Even paint your toenails! And if you’re a bath lover like me, run a hot bath and toss in some Epsom salts (I love Elucx RELAX bath salts) for a totally relaxing and rejuvenating evening.
For those not into the spa scene, try this: Pick out a good book, brew a nice cup of tea, light some candles and sit in your favourite reading spot and just relax into your calming reading chair. Or plan a delightful evening meal! Think of particular foods that are calming and restorative that will help you through the week and construct a meal around them.
The ideas are endless for ways to take care of yourself and restore your energy level. If you have any other self care routines that you would like to share, add them in the comments below. This is a free space to share ideas and thoughts to help each other! Inhale & Exhale Wellness is an intergration of collective thoughts, routines, stories and ideas that help us all out as a community and promotes a more balanced and healthy lifestyle. I would love to hear from all of you 🙂
Have a mindful Monday folks.