To finish off the last post in this September Wellness series, I'm going to discuss something that is at the basics of every health foundation - and that is self-care.
When you pour from an empty cup, this accumulates over time and it becomes harder to feel more restored.
When I'm talking about self-care, I'm not talking about hours of time spent.
Self-care can include simple acts of love and awareness for yourself that throughout the day or week amount to much more.
Self-care can be divided into a few different categories: Physical, Emotional & Mental
Go for regular health checkups
Go for a hike
Walk in the park
Do some stretching
Drink 8 glasses of water/day
Eat 3 regular meals (meal plan or do some batch-cooking earlier in the week so you are set)
Take a bath
Rest on the cough with a cozy blanket and some tea or coffee
Get a massage or acupuncture
Practice deep breathing
Give yourself a neck or foot massage
Ask yourself what you need in any given moment (ex. do you need some water, or to move around?)
Journal about your day (what went well, what could have gone better)
Call a friend or family member
Watch a cheesy heartfelt movie
Pet a dog
Set emotional boundaries (surround yourself with those who lift you up)
Meditate or do yoga
Practice good self-talk to yourself
Write a gratitude list
Light a candle or diffuse essential oils
Paint or colour
Do a craft/creative activity
Make a new recipe
Read a book/article you're interested in
Learn a new skill
Make a list of short and long term goals (re-evaluate weekly and monthly)
Listen to a podcast
Grow a plant or garden
We've all been there - at the bottom of an empty cup. It's not fun and is a tough place to be in long-term.
Each time you reach for acts of self-care you are slowly re-filling your cup, and with that should come more joy, energy and feelings of fulfillment.
Let me know if I can help you with your self-care - acupuncture, nurturing foods, calming herbal remedies and mindfulness techniques are some of the many strategies that I use to help recharge my patients.
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Best in Health & Wellbeing,