We are in full swing of monsoon season here in Las Vegas and the temps are high. I am finding the need to slow down and practice a little more self-care. Well, what is self-care you ask? Self-care is anything that you do for yourself from dentist appointments to saying, "No" to things that don't serve you. Self-care can range from the most luxurious items to free 99. Self-care is nourishing your body with clean water and fresh, whole fruits and vegetables without preservatives or added chemicals. Self-care is taking care of ourselves so we can help the other people in our lives and it is not SELFISH. Our daily behaviors need to support and promote wellness and health. So ask yourself. . . are there behaviors that I am engaging in that don't support my health and wellness? Things like drinking, smoking cigarettes or vaping, not getting enough sleep, not drinking enough water, drinking too much coffee, and not eating regular meals throughout your day. These are all very simple things to fix to help get back on track with your health and wellness journey.
This month on social media I will be posting different self-care ideas that you can try at home. These practices won't cost an arm and a leg and they aren't super time consuming. My feeling about anything worth doing, if it's important to you and you understand the benefits you will receive from creating a self-care plan, you will prioritize it and stick to it. If I had a dollar for every time a woman has told me, "I don't have time," I'd be a very wealthy woman! But you know what, I call bullshit. If you have time to scroll Tiktok and Instagram; you have time for self-care! I know some people start self-care plans with good intentions and fall off, but trust me. . . YOU HAVE TO GIVE IT TIME TO SET IN! It takes anywhere from 18-254 days for a habit to stick, with the average being 66 days! So whatever you do, give it at least two months.
Now, here are some ways to incorporate more self-care into your day; morning, mid-day, and nighttime.
1. Wake up a little bit earlier to have some quiet time to meditate or pray.
2. Add some journaling before or after meditation/prayer to set intentions for your day.
3. Schedule your workout sessions into your phone or planner like an appointment; you have an appointment WITH yourself FOR yourself. Keep that appointment.
4. If you have time during your day in between tasks or at lunch time; get outside and get your feet on some grass, dirt, or sand. This is a nice (and cheap) way to connect with Mother Nature, even just for a few moments during your day. This helps to de-stress and ground your physical body. Can help a lot with anxious behavior.
5. Make sure to eat lunch to sustain you for the rest of your day. Eat without screens and preferably outside, not at your desk.
6. Choose to end your night a little earlier and prepare for bed; no screens. Perhaps pick up a new self-help book or something to help you unwind. Staying on the screens right up until bed will make it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep.
7. At nighttime, set aside some time for yoga or meditation/prayer before bed. A few yoga postures like Child's Pose, Legs-up-the-wall, or a supine twist will allow you to release some tension from the body before bed. Heck, even throw on a Yoga Nidra to help you relax and head into Dreamland.
My hope is for you to try some of these practices. Remember, keep them going for at least two months to see the benefits. Start small; you don't have to do them all at once. I will be posting different ideas each Wellness Wednesday in August that will have a physical, a mental, and a spiritual practice to incorporate into your self-care plan.
Please feel free to reach out to me if you need help designing a self-care plan that fits your lifestyle and your health and wellness goals. From busy, working moms to single, active ladies, there is always a way to find more health and wellness in our days.
Your Holistic Health and Wellness Coach aka Self-Care Goddess
P.S. Any practice that I am recommending or suggesting, I have tried. Either I still implement the strategy or have refined it to fit my needs. I would never recommend something that I haven't tried to clients. And know, what works for me, may not work for you and vice-versa. It is important to keep an open mind and listen to what your body says in response to the practice.