Self-Care Is Crucial to Wellbeing
You’re overwhelmed at work. You have a ton of projects piling up at home, and your calendar is packed with overdue tasks and demands on your time. Does it feel as though you spend most of your time fulfilling the needs of other people?
Then, to make room for all of this stuff, you skip lunch, stop going to the gym, and forget about relaxation entirely. When we’re stressed, self-care is usually the first thing to go. And that only makes things worse.
We’ve been taught that “hard work pays off” and being a success at work is the ultimate goal. But when you pour all your energy into being busy, it becomes counterproductive. Your skills aren’t as sharp. You lose focus. Stress and fatigue impact decision making and concentration. You might think you’re working hard, and maybe you are in some ways, but no one works efficiently when worn out.
It’s easy to neglect taking care of ourselves because when we’re busy and overwhelmed, even a small reprieve feels like a luxury. As frivolous and indulgent as the phrase “self-care” may sound, it’s time to reframe our thinking and look at self-care as preventative healthcare. Best of all, introducing just a few basic routines can help you reclaim your own health as a priority.
It's time to make room amid all the busyness in life to get to the core of your basic needs. Once you lay a solid foundation and enhance your wellbeing, you’ll flourish in other areas.
Here are some essential Self-Care Routines you can easily incorporate into your daily routine:
Choose a form of exercise, put it into your calendar and stick with it for two weeks. Start with one or two hours a week and eventually it will be a habit you will even start enjoying! If you don't have a particular interest yet, try something new like a dance class or yoga. Any exercise is going to help you physically and mentally (goodbye stress!). Yoga postures increase blood circulation and increase oxygenation to the system, which can help achieve clean, glowing skin. And don’t worry – there are plenty of yoga classes for beginners.
Just as actors take a deep breath to calm their nerves before a big performance, we all benefit from deep breathing exercises. Not only does breathing deeply help us battle stress and anxiety, proper breathing exercises can actually improve digestion. In the yogic tradition there are breathing techniques like Nadi Shodhan pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing) and Kapal Bhati pranayama (Skull-Shining Breathing) to help achieve wellbeing. Many practitioners believe breathing exercises can be detoxifying and even help you achieve a more healthy complexion. It’s easy to work some deep breathing exercises into the most busy of schedules.
When it comes to self-care, meditation is arguably one of the most accessible — and effective — strategies around. There are many methods of meditation, all of which focus on internal presence and stillness while allowing the mind to go quiet. Whether you practice for 10 minutes or an hour, meditation yields impressive benefits. Studies show regular meditation reduces the negative effects of mental and physical stress and improves both concentration and immune system function. Make meditation part of your everyday routine and reap the benefits in your personal and professional life.
Get In Nature
Research shows that being in nature helps reduce blood pressure and muscle tension, slows the production of stress hormones, and may even reduce mortality. The calming sounds of birds chirping, leaves rustling in the wind, or waves lapping on the shore help people feel more relaxed and balanced. Being one with nature can help you feel more connected to others and the world as a whole. You don’t need to take a vacation to benefit from a little nature therapy: Just walking around the block, going on a short hike, or sitting in the grass for a little while are all powerful acts of self-care.
Drink More Water
Water is essential to a good health. It flushes out toxins, ridding our bodies of waste through sweat and urination. Since your brain is mostly water, staying hydrated helps you think, focus and concentrate better. Not only will you feel more alert, you’ll increase your energy levels and relieve fatigue when you drink more water. Healthcare experts recommend men drink roughly about 13 cups of water per day and women should strive to drink around 9 cups per day. Fill that water bottle and keep it nearby!
Take a Bath
A long, hot soak in the tub is one of the easiest ways you can improve your wellbeing. Taking a bath has been shown to reduce stress, improve mood and assist in the release of physical and emotional tension. In fact, the soothing benefits of being immersed in water have been a treatment for anxiety and pain for generations. PŪR PRANA natural bath products are made with the best essential oils to give you a one-two punch of self-care because you can reap the benefits of both bathing and aromatherapy.
In the Ayurvedic tradition, massaging your own body is considered a profound act of self-care. Called Abhyanga, this is taking time and care to gently anoint yourself from head to toe with warm oil. It’s a wonderful way to truly learn to love our bodies and care for them in a very healing way. Ayurvedic practitioners will tell you that the effect is the same as feeling loved by others.
Warm oil, especially if it’s got essential oils with aromatherapy benefits, will soothe away any feelings of tension, soreness, and stress. Just 15 minutes of massage will also help alleviate feelings of anxiety or upset, eliminate impurities, and improve circulation.