A sound soul dwells within a sound mind, and a sound body. When one part of us is not well, it can put our entire selves off-balance. These times especially have managed to get quite a lot of us off-balance, which means that we have to make a bigger effort to stop, slow down, and help ourselves get back on track. One of the ways we restore our tired mind, body, and soul is through practicing self care. Oftentimes, practicing intentional self care can help prevent problems like burnout before they happen. It’s all about taking intentional steps to help yourself calm down, destress, and relax.
Today, we’ll be talking practical self care ideas you can build into your own wellness routine. Each of these self care tips emphasize building a connection between the mind, body, and spirit to hopefully bring you to a more relaxed and peaceful state of mind.
Daily self care tips
These are the kind of self care ideas that we recommend integrating into your daily or weekly routine. While you can practice them anytime you like, we feel that these particular practices can have the biggest impact when done consistently.
One of the biggest misconceptions about meditation is that you need to set aside a lot of time to do it. Quite the opposite. While some people can benefit from carving thirty or forty-five minutes out of their day to meditate and unwind, most of us don’t have that kind of free time.
Fortunately, you can practice meditation for only 5 minutes a day and still experience all the benefits. The key is being able to be intentional with those 5 minutes - no distractions allowed.
Along with meditation, journaling can be a powerful tool to connect your mind and spirit. If you’re the type of person who often feels overwhelmed with the amount of thoughts swirling around your brain, keeping a journal can be a great way to make sense of them, which in turn can help you understand yourself better.
Sometimes, it’s easiest to start with a prompt. Here’s a collection of journal prompts for self-reflection and self care.
If journaling connects your mind and spirit, think of yoga as a practice that connects your mind and body. Like meditation, a lot of people are initially turned off from yoga because they think it requires too much time and energy. Again, this doesn’t have to be the case. A quick search on Google or YouTube will bring up plenty of yoga routines that can be done in 15 minutes or less.
We recommend practicing yoga as soon as you get up, or as the last thing before bed. That way, you can focus on your practice without being distracted by all the thoughts and tasks that populate your day.
Here’s a self care tip you may not have heard of before today. As the name implies, dry brushing is the art of using a body brush to gently drain the body of toxins and promote skin health.
While it may seem strange, this self care practice carries many benefits, and only takes a few minutes. To dry-brush, start at your feet and gently brush upward toward your heart. Next, start at the hands and work upward. We recommend firm, small strokes or circular motions. Once you reach the stomach, move the brush in a clockwise direction.
More ideas for self care
Along with the self care ideas we mentioned above, there are other practices you can try once every so often to keep yourself looking and feeling your best.
Originating in China, cupping is a practice that involves creating suction on the skin using specialized cups to help increase blood flow, as well as reduce pain and tension.
And, the good news is that you can try cupping at home by yourself. It’s not something you have to do often, but if you’re feeling particularly off-kilter, cupping can help your body feel rejuvenated.
One of the last self care tips we wanted to mention is lymphatic massage. This kind of massage, often called “draining” is a way to gently detox the body by stimulating the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system controls the flow and disposal of toxins throughout our body, but can sometimes get backed up when we’re feeling particularly stressed or drained.
Giving yourself a lymphatic massage is easy, and can be done whenever you feel like you need it. Given enough time, you’ll actually begin to recognize when your body could use some extra drainage! Plus, like the other self care ideas we discussed, the more you’re able to practice it, the better your body, mind, and spirit will feel.
Everybody’s self care routine is different, so don’t be afraid to try out new things until you find what works best for you. At the end of the day, self care is deeply personal, and is supposed to make you feel more rested, fulfilled, and connected.