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I love a good self-care moment – there is absolutely nothing like it. When you’re busy, its hard to get it in often but so worth it. In terms of self-care, you’ve got to do one thing first: Nix the idea that there’s a perfect or correct way to do it. Even still, it can be hard to know where to start. I have made a list of self-care pointers for everything from pressing the snooze button more or spending time with good people. Whether they suit you on the daily or you commit to them once a month, make it a priority to add them to your routine, to help yourself feel better, whenever.
Drink some water once you wake up
We often wake up after a night’s sleep slightly dehydrated, which often means starting your day off feeling crappy.
Write down 5 things everyday that were great
No matter how bad your day sucks, we all have something to be grateful for—a home, a car, vision, two legs, etc.
Make a menu for the week
I love doing this! It helps me maintain a healthy lifestyle. By pre-planning your meals you can often eliminate the impulse, ‘pressed for time’ purchases, like fast food/junk food.
Have a mini dance party
Our lives are so busy and scheduled these days that it’s important to remember to have some fun and connect with our loved ones.
Take 5 minutes to decompress everyday
You must take some time to just inhale and exhale. When people hear the words self-care, then tend to think it has to involve spending a lot of money and must be fancy. This is not the case. It can be as easy as putting your phone on do not disturb for 2 hours and just relaxing.
Move/Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day
Getting in at least 30 minutes of some kind of aerobic exercise—whether it’s a solid gym session or a lunchtime stroll—is just as good for your mental health as it is your physical. You don’t have to do it all at once—take three 10-minute strolls if you can’t do a full half hour.
Get a good night rest
It seems simple enough and, yet, 40 percent of Americans get less than seven hours of sleep a night. Healthy adults should average seven to nine hours of sleep per night. During sleep, your brain rids itself of toxins, consolidates memory, and builds neural highways.
Practice Kegal exercises
In case you haven’t heard, toning and strengthening exercises for your pelvic-floor are crucial to overall health down there, including better orgasms. The best part is no one knows when you’re doing them lol!
Start your day with something pleasant
Perhaps you start your day with a cup of tea or coffee or some gentle stretching!
Meditation can help reduce blood pressure, as well as symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), anxiety, and depression.
Plan a workout date with a friend
You can set yourself up for health success by sticking with the friends who will be there for you and support you rather than those who drag you down and guilt-trip you into old, unhealthy habits.
Say “NO” to unwanted plans
This happens to me often, where I will commit to something in advance and then when the time comes I do not feel like doing it. Our expectations of ourselves in different situations are unrealistic so you most likely are not able to do all the things you might think you need to do—that’s okay. You are more important than your to-do list, so prioritize your well-being above some of the little extra tasks you might think you need to do.