You are likely to have particular self-care habits which you keep up daily. There’s no need to be confused by the term “self-care” – it simply refers to the act of intentionally bringing yourself physical or mental pleasure and giving yourself space for introspection.
So, how can you enhance the effectiveness of self-care practices which you are already following religiously? Here are some tips that could be especially relevant in your case.
Spend more time outside
You could derive abundant pleasure from something as simple as walking to work, and that shouldn’t surprise. Research mentioned by Daily Burn has credited being in nature with helping ease blood pressure, decelerating stress hormone production, and making muscles less tense.
So, why not maximise the usual benefits of the organic world by – for example – taking a longer walking route to work or taking up a hobby like hiking? Even sparing some time to just sit on the grass in your garden could mentally revitalise you to an impressive extent.
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Write a diary
If you abandoned your diary-writing after your school years, then now could be a good time to pick it up again. Regardless of your age, freely writing about how you feel and what you have experienced could benefit you – such as through assisting you in identifying potential solutions for problems in your life. You could use your smartphone’s notes app if pen and paper are not always in reach.
Spend longer in the bath
It has been shown that time in the bath can lower stress, boost mood, and help relieve tension – both physical and emotional. If you already take a bath – rather than a shower – daily, then you could still improve its reinvigorating effect through waking up earlier to allow your bathing to last longer.
You could even, once you have finished running the water, add some essential oils to it for utilising benefits of aromatherapy.
The word “meditation” is one that could still confuse you even after you have often seen or heard it. However, this doesn’t need to be the case; meditating is a wonderfully effective and accessible self-care method without any necessity of money or special equipment.
If you have often struggled to “get into” this practice, then you could try a smartphone app intended to teach meditation. Aim to focus on your internal presence and let your mind become quiet.
Try creative visualisation
There might be a particular place that you love to visit simply because it naturally perks you up… and, yet, it might not always be practical for you to visit that place when you feel a need to do so. This is where the power of “creative visualisation” can come in.
Using a method described by mindbodygreen, you should breathe more slowly and then keep your eyes closed as you vividly recall that ideal place.