The benefits of tuning into your body and taking the time to nourish and nurture it are profound. Various studies have shown that through self-care, you can go on to become more confident, creative, and productive as well. Apparently, your chances of making better decisions, building stronger relationships, and communicating more effectively also increase. All of that makes a compelling case for starting to take better care of your mind and body right now, doesn’t it? Here’s what you can do.
Drink chamomile or any soothing herbal tea
There’s something immensely soothing and comforting about drinking a hot beverage. You can create a morning ritual where the first thing you do after freshening up is to make yourself a cup of herbal tea and drink that outside in the balcony or the garden. This simple ritual can put your mind at ease and help you start your day on a positive note. You can also unwind after a long day at work with a cup of fragrant chamomile tea.
Light some scented candles in the evening
Candles create a cozy and comforting ambience in your home. Don’t limit the use of candles for only when you have guests over. Get into the habit of lighting a candle or two when you get home after work, as you make dinner. You can also play some soothing jazz and let the ambience calm you down. This works almost like therapy. Vanilla, lavender, and cedar wood scents have really calming effects on the mind and body.
Doodle or color
There’s a reason why coloring books are so popular among adults these days and you can find many intricate designs in the market. Studies suggest that when you doodle or color, your mind and body relax because you are engaging in a focused, soothing activity. Also, as the creative mind plays, feel-good neurochemicals such as serotonin activate positive feelings of wellness and serenity. So grab some crayons or color pencils and let the child in you take over.
Take a leisurely bath
Taking a leisurely bath might not be something you can make allowance for on a daily basis but the weekend can be a perfect time when you can run yourself a hot bath. Pour in a few drops of an essential oil of your choice, put on some music, and simply forget all your worries and chores for half an hour. You can also prolong your self-care routine by choosing to give yourself a manicure and pedicure afterwards.
Meditate for five minutes
Okay, hear us out. We didn’t want to tell you this but research shows that meditation undoes the damaging effects of stress on our cells and calms the part of the brain responsible for the fight or flight response. You don’t have to meditate for hours to get this benefit. Simply set your phone timer for five minutes. Close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths, and release any tension that your body is holding onto. Simply bring yourself back to the awareness of your breath if you find your mind wandering.
Take a self-care trip
Taking a self-care trip can make a huge difference in your life. Even if you’re not feeling particularly stressed, getting away for a weekend every now and then can help you disconnect, relax, and feel rejuvenated. These self-care trips don’t have to be costly – simply drive to Dhulikhel or Nagarkot and see the sights, or go hiking nearby. The goal is to veer away from your normal schedule and take the time to do something just for yourself.