From time to time, I get so busy with everything that I start to neglect myself. Being a mother of three and wife who runs a business and a blog can start to become overwhelming. It is easy to get caught up in meeting demands for clients, giving your spouse and kids they need, and the daily task of cooking and cleaning. It is so very important to remember that you can only be your best when you are your best. In order to be your best, it is important to make sure you take time for self care.
There are several ways that you aid in your self care. Taking a soak in the tub, getting a facial, exercise, chatting with family or friends and many other things. I recommend doing a little bit everyday, but if you must, once a week at the bare minimum. Here are 4 simple self care tips that I rely on for sanity. And yes, it really does help!
I cannot stress how important exercise is. There are so many options out there that there really is no excuse not to add this into your life. For me, I have always found peace in going to the gym. I love to weight train. I also enjoy spin class, HIIT workouts, and any type of circuit training. When I cannot get to the gym, I stream workouts on get a quick workout right in my living room. Recently I have added weighted hulu hoop to the mix. This is a must try for anyone who is looking to tone the stomach area. It also aids in digestion, so if you have any issues in that area this may help out.
Podcast are great. I love to listen to them when I am at the gym, driving to clients homes for consultations, or when I am working in my sewing room. It is a great change from the radio, which tends to get pretty repetitive. There are endless topics to choose from, so there is bound to be a subject you will have an interest in. With all of the formats available, you can listen on just about any device you have. This is such a great way to add value and self improvement to your life.
I believe I mentioned this in a previous post. Hot yoga is something you must try once in your life. At first, I thought the idea was crazy. You are practing yoga in a room that is roughly 105 degrees. It sounds unbearable, but trust me you feel amazing afterwards. The first time I took a hot yoga class, I was dripping with sweat before the class begun. And do not think you need to be flexible to take a yoga class. The classes are suited for all levels, and the more you do it, the better you get at it. I have never been able to do a split, and with weight training, my muscles have gotten very tight and less flexible. Yoga in general is such a stress relief. You will leave with an unbelievable feeling of peace and calm.
Salt Bath Soaks
Soaking in the tub feels amazing. Adding salts to your bath helps your body to relax, reduces muscles fatigue and cramps. This is very helpful when you workout and have sore muscles. It also very beneficial with stress relief as it aids in relaxation. Anytime you are able to relax, your mind with thank you. When my days are extemely stressful, a salt bath is something I look forward to, to end my day. I like to add 2 cups of either epsom salt or pink himilayan salt to my bath water. Ideally, I like to do this at least once a week.
Try to impliment one or all of these into your life. If you can, try to add one a week and see what effect it has on your life. Everyone has different levels of stress. We all can benefit from stress relief. It helps us to control our moods, food cravings, and even look younger. Let me know if any of these help you out, or feel free to suggest some of your favorite stress relief tips.