3 of the Best Self Care Tips to Cultivate Some Daily Goodness
This week we dive into our list of goodies, extracting a few self care tips and explaining how they can benefit not only your day but your sleep. In addition to journaling, here are some fabulous ways that you can incorporate a little more goodness into your day.
According to Forbes the busier you are, the more likely you are to benefit from some quiet time. When it comes to solitude, studies have shown the ability to tolerate alone time can lead to a host of benefits including:
- increased happiness
- better life satisfaction
- improved stress management
When you are alone you make choices without influences from the outside world and this can help you develop more insight into who you are. But this solo time doesn't mean having the day to yourself and getting lost in games, books, tv, chores or social media. You can have more success with this alone time if you channel short periods into truly being alone.
Activity: If you are daydreaming of a life alone, find some time in each day and sit alone with just your thoughts (no distractions; people, phones, other screens or noises). At first it will seem uncomfortable, allow yourself to think for a few minutes. Then practise letting the thoughts go by like clouds passing in the sky, work up to 10 minutes per day and create space to be the best you.
Affirmation: I spend time alone. I let the thoughts in my mind drift by on clouds. I am quiet. There is peace in my heart.
A quick way to unwind after a stressful day is to take a bath. With the right combination of oils, music, meditation and temperature you could be giving your mind and body the gift of relaxation and rejuvenation.
Here is a quick guide to our bathing habits.
Set the water temp to warm. Add 1 cup of epsom/magnesium salts and an essential oil blend. We use a combination of different doTerra Essential Oils and adapt them to suit our mood and needs.
- 1/4 cup of epsom salt
- 5 drops of lavender
- 2 drops of wild orange
- 1/4 cup of epsom salt
- 4 drops of lavender
- 4 drops of roman chamomile
- 3 drops of lemongrass
Alternatively make your favourite blend using fractionated coconut oil.
COCORELAXING, blend (in a container) and add 1 tablespoon to warm bathwater.
- 20ml of fractionated coconut oil
- 10 drops of essential oils (lavender, wild orange, roman chamomile, lemongrass)
Add your oil or salts, pop on some meditation music and chill with some time away.
By now you have taken some time for you and even had a bath, so what next?
Without a bedtime routine falling asleep or even staying asleep can seriously disrupt your evening slumber. Most of us can not sleep on command so preparing for sleep helps the brain to feel safe and calm down. A routine can take time and consistency is key.
Part of recognising you need a routine is also a sign that you need to put self care at the top of your list. Winding down is sometimes the only way to decompress from the day and prepare for sleep.
- Set an electronics cut off time. It's not just the light that is emitted from your devices but the consistent stimulation it provides is not a good sleep inducing recipe. It's best to cut out technology at least one hour before bed.
- Choose relaxing activities, read a book, take a bath or meditate.
- Have a cup of tea (decaf, herbal, green).
- Go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time. Keeping sleep cycles regular is favourable, especially if you suffer from insomnia.
Whatever you choose to do in your evening hours, make sure your bedtime routine is relaxing and consistent. Sleepy Jo's Sleep Journal has a page where you can write your bedtime routine and your social media plan. Or write it on paper and put it somewhere you can see it.
I hope these tips are helpful for you and your family. In this busy world we live in, it is so important that we place emphasis on relaxation and sleep. Generally creating good habits, feeling well, being well and taking care of self and others can help us to feel good about ourselves and wake up ready to conquer the day ahead.
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