Tips for Self Care Part One: Taking Moments for Yourself
The world we live in is consistently moving at a fast pace. It seems like there aren't enough hours in the day to get things done. I have felt like this more so now that I am a stay at home mom. Trying to stay on target with this blog and teaching a few yoga classes a week can be hard. It is difficult to get daily things done like working out, going to the store, making meals, etc, let alone taking time for myself. The idea of taking a few moments for me prompted providing my readers with Tips for Self Care Part One: Taking Moments for Yourself. This is the first post in a series. No matter what type of occupation you have taking time to relieve stress and focus on being present is so important. At the present moment there are a lot of things going on in the universe (cosmic) and world that are prompting people to feel more stressed, ill, tired and run down. A lot of these issues can be helped by taking moments for yourself. In this post there are tips for self care and slowing down. You can take one tip each day or use all the tips throughout the week. Do what you can to take the necessary steps for improvement in your mind and body wellness.
Since I have a tendency to care for everyone else around me and only take a few moments for myself, I am trying to focus a few more minutes each day for me. My self care routine has not been the best since having my son. I will admit though I have tried my hardest to maintain a self yoga and meditation practice. This has turned out to be very difficult especially when my son is experiencing a tooth emerging or a growth spurt. He becomes so attached that I can hardly leave to teach an hour long yoga class.
Meditation on during these times gets side line or doesn't happen until everyone is in bed. Many times having the house quiet at night helps and allows me some time to decompress. This can be tough though because I am one who needs a lot of sleep so going to bed when everyone else is in bed is my best bet at getting enough sleep. My husband, son and step daughters are all early risers. Which makes me an early riser by default.
The following tips for self care & slowing down, have helped me to take moments for myself and hopefully will inspire you to take moments for yourself.
Taking Moments for Yourself:
- Breathe: Take 30-60 seconds (or more if you have the time) and focus on breathing fully in and out. Try to make your inhales and exhales match. You can count on the inhale to 4 or 5 and count to 4 or 5 on the exhale. Taking in a full deep breath can help to refocus the mind, reset the energy within the body and creates a calming effect with in the body and environment you are in.
- Meditate: This goes right along with breathing but I have found that taking a 5-15 breath meditation helps reset my mind frame. If you can meditate longer you only stand to benefit from it but committing to even 5 breaths helps. Find a quiet place to sit or lay down, close your eyes and focus on the breaths in and out. I started with 5 breaths each morning and moved into at least 10 breaths both morning and evening.
- Take a Walk: If you notice you are feeling anxious or stressed out, take 10-30 minutes to step away and walk. Try to take the walk outside. Being in nature, even if you are in a big city or downtown area, can help to energize the whole body. It also lowers cortisol levels and stress hormones which helps you calm down and relax a bit.
- Take a Bath: Taking a warm bath or a bath with epsom salt and lavender can help to sooth sore muscles, melt away stress and relax the body and mind. The water can decrease stress and worry. Another great thing about taking a bath in the evening is that it can prepare the body for sleep.
- Pleasurable Act: Do something you enjoy like going for a run, taking a yoga class, gardening, painting or journaling. The list is endless! Taking 30-60 minutes to enjoy an activity will help to brighten your mood and makes dealing with stress or anxiety a bit easier.
- Get Social: If you enjoy being around others or have a specific person you can talk to about things, take some time to visit. Getting out into social situations can also ease stress bringing your focus on the present moment. Being in the company of others might encourage you to release tension.
- Bare Feet: If you find yourself with only a few minutes a day to spend on yourself, try using that time to go barefoot. Placing bare feet on the earth helps to realign the body with nature and the world we inhabit. Putting your feet in the sand, grass or water can do wonders for the connection to mother nature. This also brings you into the present moment releasing tension and worry.
These are just a few tips to allow you to find peaceful moments throughout your day. It's important to try to take a few minutes of every day to care for yourself. It may seem daunting or too hard to do but it will make all the difference in the world. When you spend some time to truly focus on your own needs, it will only benefit those around you. The way I look at it is that if I feel better mentally and physically, I am more able to be there for my family and friends.
If I am feeling run down and exhausted, it makes easy and simple tasks seem difficult. After becoming aware of how stressed and depressed I have been, I have made a huge effort to take self care moment each day. This in turn has made me more emotionally available for my family. Plus taking a few moments for you will lower your stress level and can help keep you focused.
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