Self Care: Have You Checked in With Your Body and Mind Lately?
Submitted by Ana Caban on February 1, 2016 - 6:55 am
When was the last time you checked in with your body and mind?
Taking care of YOU, to some, may mean getting a full head to toe manicure and pedicure. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a spa-lover myself. But that’s just external. Taking care of yourself has to start from within; you need to work on yourself from the inside out. When you’re balanced from the inside, your outward appearance will reflect that. In order to have that healthy glow, you’ve got to remove the emotional blocks that aren’t allowing you to be happy and radiate your joy.
There are so many things in life that can be stressful and affect the way that you look and feel. It’s important to realize that some things are out of your control. As my son Vincent says, “Just take 5 slow breaths, in and out, like I do. You’ll feel better.” Stay positive and rest assured that this too shall pass. These simple tips have certainly helped me live happier and less stressful life:
A few things you can do each day to keep your mind and spirit together:
- As I mentioned above, make sure you take breathing breaks, just to check in with yourself. When things are stressful, take a moment to gauge the situation and how y
- ou are feeling. Take care of you first.
- Eat healthier foods. When you eat healthy, lean foods, your moods reflect how your body processes nutrition.
- Reward yourself. When something goes well and you have completed tasks that you set out to do, reward yourself. Go to a movie after work, or do something even simpler and get a manicure or pick-up a new lip gloss.
If you’re happy on the inside tasks will become easier and your stress levels will go down. The second step to caring for yourself is to stay active. Exercise sends out positive messages (neural stimulators) to your brain that boost your moods and your immune system. Happy, active people get sick less than those who worry and stress. Little movements can go a long way during the day. Get up and stretch every hour, stay hydrated and be mindful of your body’s signals just in case you feel stiff and anxious.
Your body is your temple; treat it accordingly! When you take care of yourself, everything becomes easier. Make yourself number one when it comes to living your life. You’ll be a better friend, partner, colleague, etc.
Have you checked in with your body and mind lately?