Practice Relaxation As A Form Of Self-Care
Focus On Your Plan B
Since we spent last month strengthening our mind with positive thoughts and broke our negative thought patterns, let’s utilize those positive thoughts this month as a Plan B for those times you feel attacked. I keep a cute little Plan B bag with me that includes my favorite lotions, some Tata Harpers Aromatic stress relief, a toothbrush and some other items that help take my mind in the positive direction whenever I’m feeling stressed or down. Applying lotion and giving yourself a pep talk at the same time is like getting a big hug from a loved one. Can you challenge yourself to find a cute little bag that you can carry around with you and stuff it full of things that literally make you smile?
Self Care Isn’t Selfish
They say that when you look away from your goals, all you see is obstacles, and that’s because there is always something to stress about if you allow yourself to do so. I was once told that we cannot prevent storms from coming but we can control how we react and if we have the right tools, we can weather any storm. Emotional eating is one of the most common ways to relieve stress when push comes to shove. Some of the best ways to avoid emotional eating and other forms of subconscious stress relief are through self-love and relaxation. Go take a walk and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Play some music and dance around your living room. Go get a massage, a manicure or a facial. Even just watching a funny tv show for a quick laugh is incredibly effective stress relief. Remember that self-care isn’t selfish.
Rejuvenation Is Key
Set daily goals for yourself that focus on setting aside time each day to relax, rejuvenate and restore your body and mind. First try to turn off the tv, your phone, and any other distractions. Sit outside or near an open window to breathe in the fresh air and let your mind enjoy the peaceful, quiet energy. Relaxation is how our bodies rejuvenate and in a relaxed state, we make better decisions. When we feel stressed, our bodies react with what is called the “fight or flight” response. Our muscles become tense, our heartbeat and breathing rate increases, and this results in sore muscles, low-energy, headaches, and other ailments. Letting your body simply relax and rejuvenate each day will go a long way in restoring your body and mind slowly but surely.