Gone are the days when Self-care was just a ‘nice thing to do’ OR worse, reduced to massages and bubble baths. Most of us work too hard, are overstressed, do not get enough sleep, and the list goes on and on. While we spend most of our time giving to others: our boss, our family, our friends - we need to not forget we have to nurture the relationship we have with ourselves too. Self-care is about deliberately taking time for yourself, for the betterment of your mind, body, and soul. Self-care is an invitation to invest in yourself, prioritize your own well-being. And these good feelings you create for yourself will be transmitted to others too. Self-care can be as simple as saying no to a social event so you have time to exercise or ditching your daily Netflix habit to work on a long-awaited side-hustle instead. To do any of that, however, you have to do one thing: learn to put yourself first.
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Ever noticed you were taking care of everyone around just to realise you were putting your own well-being last? Learning to love yourself is a journey. It is about accepting yourself for your qualities and your flaws. It is about seeking improvement rather than perfection. Being in peace with your drawbacks and appreciating your achievements. When we learn to recognise how valuable we are, we can better strive to become the best version of ourselves. Here are some of our favourite ways to start being kind to yourself:
- Take care of your health. You can’t pour from an empty cup. Learn to listen to your body and respect its needs, whether it is more sleep, healthy food or exercise. Your body is the vessel that carries you through life, it’s essential to nurture it. Get yourself moving daily and make sure to support your inner health. Our Matcha Coconut Blend is packed full of antioxidants, it energizes and supports your metabolism
- Give yourself a break. Often times the only person that is preventing us to take care of ourselves is us. Sometimes we do not even think we deserve to pause and take time for ourselves. Learn to silence your inner critic and allow your inner advocate to speak up. Giving yourself the permission to pause without feeling guilty, to slow down and be present is also a form of self-care. ‘Our minds control our lives!’ says international life coach, and NLP trainer, Pamela Puja Kirpalani, in her book Whole, 11 Universal Truths For An Inspired Life. In this book, you will learn about how our brain works and what are the mechanisms that involve negative self-talk.
- Spend some alone time. Having a strong support system is a must, it helps us be motivated and healthier. Though we also need some solitude occasionally. When you spend more time with yourself, chances are you will be able to be more in tune with your inner voice, increase empathy and build mental strength. Fuel your motivation with these meditative moments by using tools like a Cosmic Guidance Oracle Set of cards - it will help understand what you want or need.
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Make me-time a priority
Many people believe they do not have the time for self-care. But the reality is that if you do not make it a priority, nobody will. Make the shift from a scarcity to an abundance mindset. Spend the time to find the things that you enjoy, that bring you peace and incorporate them into your schedule, even if it is hectic! The busier you are, the more essential it is for you to take it easy. Here are some tips on how to carve out time to tend to your own well-being:
- Morning routine. Create a schedule that incorporates morning rituals that makes you happy, like reading for 30 minutes or writing in a daily journal. If you are just getting started, use reflective journal prompts such as: ‘What are you grateful for today?’ , ‘What do you wish to accomplish today?’. The Day Journal is an intentional journal designed to guide you through your ideal morning routine. A wonderful aid for intention setting and meditation to start your day.
- Take breaks. Make sure you schedule frequent breaks throughout the day. Work for a specific amount of time, usually around 30 minutes, then take a short break. During these breaks, disconnect from whatever you were doing and go for a walk in the park nearby or speak to a friend. You will come back feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.
- Unwind. After a long day at work, there is a great temptation to go for easy shortcuts to relieve job stress like having a glass of wine or switch on a tv-show. Create a post-work ritual, a mental habit of relaxing your mind and letting go of job stress. Your routine may consist of taking a deep, cleansing breath as you walk out of the office or when you reach home. Mindfully take a long shower and use aromatherapy to soothe yourself into relaxation mode and refocus your attention on your life. Crystal Infused Essential Roll-on Oilskeep our energy uplifted whenever we apply them.
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