We’re familiar with the traditional ways to partake in self-care. Typically, these are viewed as massages, a day off work, or a relaxing bubble bath. While these are wonderful ways to give yourself TLC, there are other ways to treat both your body and mind each day.
Self-care is all about caring for your overall wellness. If you ask us, taking the time to do that every day is extremely important! Even the things that seem small can make a big impact. Creating a simple, yet out-of-the-box self-care kit has never been easier. Check out these five things to include in caring for yourself daily.
A Comfortable Pair of Shoes
A comfortable pair of shoes is not something to be overlooked! Proper support plays a large role in our posture and even affects our joints’ feelings. Investing in a pair of shoes that offer optimal support for your foot can prevent pain and discomfort while walking or participating in other physical activities.
Slather on the SPF
Take care of your skin and protect it from harmful rays, especially when you’re spending time in the sun. Regular application of sunscreen will help prevent burns and signs of aging while you enjoy your favorite outdoor activities like gardening or strolling through the neighborhood.
Munch on Healthy and Yummy Snacks
Fueling your body is imperative when caring for yourself. The food we choose nourishes our bodies and gives us the energy to tackle the day. Choosing the right foods will also offer you added health benefits. For example, adding in healthy fats like avocado and protein from eggs can help with inflammation and weight control. Try one (or more!) of Dr. Dean’s healthy breakfast ideas and don’t forget to treat your sweet tooth as well!
A Thick Yoga Mat
Slowing the body down and moving with intention is a wonderful way to care for your body and mind. Partake in mindful activities like meditation and yoga with a comfortable mat. A thicker mat with more cushion can add additional comfort to your joints. This will make your practice more comfortable and you can focus on breathwork and clearing the mind instead of an uncomfortable mat!
A Good Night’s Sleep
This may be one of the most important ways to practice self-care. Getting the proper amount of quality sleep can make all the difference in your health and mood. Set yourself up for success by taking part in a nighttime routine to unwind. Whatever brings you comfort and melts away the day, do that! This could be a warm shower, reading before bed, or even some light yoga stretching.
As you can see, self-care doesn’t have to take up too much of your time or be complicated. Taking the time to do things with intention or investing in items to make your life a bit easier (and more comfortable!) can make a world of difference. You’re bound to feel the impact of taking care of both your body and mind with your out-of-the-box self-care kit!