How To Practice Self-Care

How To Practice Self-Care

When you think of self-care, what comes to your mind? For a lot of us, that would be going shopping, getting a pedicure, booking a massage, or spending 7 days on the beach.

But, do we always need to spend a ton of money in order to practice self-care? I don’t think so. 

I also believe that you need to be practicing self-care each day, so if you did have to spend money to take care of yourself, you would end up going bankrupt - haha! 

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good massage and shopping trip, but I just do not think that self-care boils down to that and only that. Here are a few self-care tips that you can and should do each day:

Take a Warm Relaxing Bath

Squeaky Clean

Sometimes, all you need is you to feel clean. I know that sounds so simple and weird, but if you are feeling down, hop in the shower or bath to feel a bit better. If you want to take a shower, make sure it’s long and hot. 

Play music, really take time massaging your scalp when you wash your hair, and even try exfoliating your body, or trying out a new soap that you’ve been waiting to try. 

If you have the time, a bath is a great option, too. Grab a glass of wine, or a cup of tea and a book, throw on some relaxing music, fill the tub with Epsom salts, essential oils, and whatever else you like and hop in. 

Once again, take your time and enjoy yourself. When you get out of the tub or shower, take your time getting ready and focus on your skin. Apply your favorite products to your face and body and do your hair, if you have time. 

Seriously - this will make you feel like you are starting fresh and new again and will completely restart your day.

Throw on Some Clothes

Throw On Some Clothes

After your shower (or even if you do not have time to shower), throw on some clothes...but not just any clothes! When it comes to getting dressed, I really want you to choose something that you feel great and confident in. 

Self-care is all about feeling the best that we can possibly feel, so wearing something that we love is the perfect way to add just an extra touch of self-care into your getting-ready routine.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Eat Up

Once you have finished getting ready for your day, it is time to eat! Many people have the goal of weight loss in the new year, and it is impossible without healthy eating. You know the saying, “abs are made in the kitchen.” 

Well, it’s true. Weight loss aside, a healthy diet can help you become more energized, it can help with disease prevention and your overall health. 

“The nutrients in the foods you eat support the activities of day-to-day living, protect your cells from environmental damage, and repair any cellular damage that might occur. Protein rebuilds injured tissue and promote a healthy immune system. 

Both carbohydrates and fats fuel your body, while vitamins and minerals function throughout your body in support of your body’s processes. Vitamins A, C, and E, for example, act as antioxidants to protect your cells against toxins, and B vitamins help you extract energy from the foods you eat. Calcium and phosphorus keep your bones strong, while sodium and potassium help to transmit nerve signals. 

Without a healthy diet, you might compromise any of these essential functions,” says SFGate Healthy Eating. The great thing about eating healthy is that it will also boost your mood and support your body as a whole, so it really is the perfect way to practice self-care.

Find the Sun

Find The Sun

I’m not sure about you, but I love going outside when I am practicing self-care. Why? Maybe it’s the fresh air, or Vitamin D, or just a change of scenery, but I always feel so refreshed during my time outside and afterward, as well. 

If you have extra time in the morning, I highly recommend sitting outside for a bit - maybe while drinking your morning cup of tea or coffee or while you journal or read a chapter or two in a book that you’re reading.

See a Counselor at Ray of Hope Counseling Services

See A Counselor

Last but not least, talking with a counselor is always a great way to practice self-care because if you are not in the best shape when it comes to your mental health, then you probably have a hard time feeling great about yourself and your day-to-day life. 

If you are struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, or other problems, please seek out counseling. Ray of Hope Counseling Services might be a great place to start if you are looking for a therapist in Athens, GA, Marietta, Alpharetta, Kennesaw, Canton, Peachtree City, Conyers, or Lawrenceville. 

Ray of Hope Counseling Services is a professional counseling and therapy service that helps individuals, couples, and families heal, strengthen, and overcome life changes or challenges. 

They are a group of counselors and psychotherapists who are committed to helping you. Some of their areas of expertise are imago therapy for couples, cognitive behavior therapy, equine therapy, stress and anger management, addiction therapy, therapy for abuse and violence, therapy for depression and anxiety, and more. 

While talking with a counselor is probably not an everyday thing, it should be an every week, bi-weekly, or monthly thing that you do to practice self-care because everyone could benefit from it. And don’t worry - it doesn’t have to be expensive either! Ray of Hope Counseling Services accepts most forms of insurance and Medicaid for your convenience.

Disclosure: Post is sponsored by Ray of Hope Counseling Services

How do you practice self-care in your day to day life? I would love to hear all about it!

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