How to Treat Your Mind, Body And Soul
Taking some time off to simply relax is one of the most effective ways of soothing mind and body. Add to that a little self-pampering and you have the recipe for rejuvenation. But there's more to truly relaxing than spending a few dollars at a spa. It requires that you take a holistic approach. Read further about how you can become a pro at pampering yourself - and that is going to mean paying attention to mind, body, and spirit.
- Treating Your Mind
Any successful pampering exercise has to start with the mind, the body and spirit cannot be addressed without a calm mind. This will allow you to connect with your inner consciousness and truly embrace yourself in all aspects. Learning to let go of stress in all its forms is key - the old saying 'if you don't mind, it doesn't matter' - is particularly appropriate. Let it all go.
The feeling of the sun on our skins is one of life's great joys. But the sun can also cause immense damage to our bodies. Spending time in the sun encourages the formation of what are called 'free radicals'. These can damage your skin, causing it to age prematurely - and in some instances can even be one of the contributing factors to skin cancer and cell death. Pour yourself a cup of Green Tea. It has been proven to fight the effects of free radicals - and reverse the effects of sun damage.
We live in a world that is full of distractions that can make focusing a challenge. If you are finding it difficult to relax and focus, stick in some earplugs and do a search for 'Guided Meditation' on Youtube. If you are not keen on meditation then try some breathing exercises. they will calm you and help to release built-up tension in muscles. It's a great way to start the decompression process.
Start a Journal
A Gratitude Journal can be a great way to embrace the positives in your life. Set aside some time to think about what you are grateful for, or take a look inward and recognize your best qualities. Both of those exercises will lift your spirits - self-love is a great foundation for growth and happiness.
If writing seems like a chore then take a few minutes to listen to a motivational or inspirational podcast, or enjoy some relaxing and meditative music. Both are guaranteed to buoy up your spirits.
- Nourish your Soul
If you really want to pamper yourself, both emotionally and physically sometimes a lifestyle makeover is the only way to get those incredible results. Doing new things and approaching life from a different perspective can lead to massive gains when it comes to holistic health (mind, body and spirit). Taking a new path can be exciting and invigorating.
Find a Hobby or Start a Class
Research has shown that a commitment to lifelong learning can be the key to self-fulfillment and happiness. Learning renews our sense-of self-worth - and it can simply be fun. Take up a new hobby - or leverage your interest in a specific subject. Set aside some time to learn and explore. Challenge yourself, or enlist the help of an expert. Taking steps to master a new skill is an incredible way to boost your sense of self-worth.
Popular choices include art, photography, gardening, or more esoteric pursuits such as mixing essential oils or even collecting crystals get many people excited. remember - your pastime doesn't have to have some sort of strictly utilitarian use. The purpose of that hobby is to engage your mind, elevate your self-esteem and simply disengage from the stresses of the world for a while.
Many people also find deep satisfaction in community engagement. Donating your time is a reflection of your inner self - it is great 'me' time. And it helps others, which makes us feel good. Join a river or beach cleanup day or spend a day helping out at an animal shelter. The fulfillment you will feel will be a balm for mind and soul.
The Food Connection
Cooking is a fabulous way to both exercise your creativity and enjoy a sense of accomplishment. Of course, the fact that you can prepare a delicious, nourishing and healthy meal is something that should not be ignored. You are feeding your body and nourishing your soul. You are spending some quality time alone with yourself. It is one of the best ways to practice self-care. Find a subject that excites you (baking or regional specialties are always popular) or sit and page through a recipe book. Become inspired, fire up that playlist - and treat yourself.
No time for cooking? Take advantage of curbside pickup or have groceries delivered to your door. Meal kits have also become incredibly popular. Keep it fresh, nutritious, and healthy.
What to really immerse yourself in cooking and preparing food. Visit your local farmers market over the weekend. Spend some time simply exploring locally produced goods. Plan ahead for the week and pick up all the ingredients you will need to create those extra special meals.
Ditch the Technology (for a while)
We tend to be joined at the hip to the technology we use almost every minute of every day. Texting, visiting social media sites, emailing, browsing and surfing - it's part of life in the 21st century. But perhaps coming up for a breather isn't a bad idea. Close the laptop, mute the phone. Try it for an hour or two each day. Being unplugged is liberating. It'll also help you sleep better (unplug at least an hour before bed), reduce your stress levels and make you less susceptible to many types of depression.
Unplugging allows you to plug into something else - real life, where real people interact with each other. Interpersonal relationships are part and parcel of what makes us human - and those relationships can't be nurtured through the exclusive use of a screen and touchpad. Make and keep social commitments, talk to your friends on a park bench, not via an app. Hang out - it's good for the soul and is part of self-care.
- Indulge your Body
There's an old saying 'A Healthy Mind means a Healthy Body'. This is completely true. You are not going to be able to focus on destressing and relaxing if your mind is not focused. But the converse also applies, you need a relaxed and healthy body in order to make calming your mind easier. Balance is key.
Here are some pointers:
Take a Walk
Get outside into the fresh air. Research has shown that a simple walk can reduce feelings of anxiety and decrease stress levels. You'll also be enjoying a gentle cardio workout. Take the time to listen, there is bird song in your park - and the sound of the wind through branches. Alternatively, enhance the experience by listening to the songs on a relaxation playlist. Time spent outdoors is never wasted.
So the weather's bad or you just want to be a homebody? Then try out some yoga strateches. You don't have to be an expert, you can find a wealth of yoga-focused videos and other material on the Internet.
A short nap is a perfect way to recharge tired mental and physical batteries. Don't overdo it. If you are napping for longer than 30 minutes at a time then you are at risk of disrupting your nighttime sleep patterns, and you are going to wake up groggy. Avoid naps close to bedtime. These delta 8 gummies for sale can help you get a great nap.
PRO TIP - Ask for help. If you have kids then that catnap can seem like an impossible dream. If you have help at home (a significant other is perfect) then ask them to take over for half an hour. You need to recharge if you are going to be an effective caregiver. Most people will help with a smile on their face - but you need to reach out for help.
The benefits of spending some time soaking in the tub are well-known. Use some essential oil (lavender and eucalyptus are great - but use sparingly) and pour yourself a glass of bubbly. You deserve it.
Another option is our Lavender Sea Therapy Bath mix. It combines lavender oil with crystalized kelp. It's great for detoxing and clams and relaxes you. Add some Burdock & Neem Shampoo to the experience. It contains eucalyptus essential oil which stimulates the circulation of the scalp while at the same time soothing the skin.