Beauty: Self Care Routine
By taking care of myself I have so much more to offer. Not just my 2 year old son but the world at large. Hence, through self care I create a healthy nourished fulfilling space around me. Where I am better able to nourish and care for the once I love and those who love me.
What is self care?
Self care is simply taking care of my physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs. Beauty self care routine is an all encompassing personal regime to mindfully love and nourish yourself.
This is sometimes a taboo subject because people feel like taking care of themselves is selfish. I declare that Self care is not selfish!!
In fact, it is vital for health, wholesome wellness, vitality and longevity.
what are examples of self care
There are 5 different types of self care
In my personal opinion, a good beauty self care routine covers all 5 above mentioned categories.
Beauty: How do you self care for yourself?
There are many mindful ways we can engage in self care daily without over thinking it. Or making it another stressful chore. Starting a Beauty: Self Care Routine takes some planning at first. But it gets easier over time as it becomes a routine.
How can i practice beauty self care daily: How do you self care for yourself
Take care of yourself by taking care of your gut. Eat right for self care
You are what you eat. Health, wellness, vitality, anti-aging and longevity begins in the gut. Gut health begins in the mouth. It is all interconnected and there is no parsing it apart.
Does it start in the brain or in the mouth? In the gut or in the anus? Answer is a resounding “YES” and “Yes.” It’s the beauty of intelligent design. Our body systems are all interconnect. Starting somewhere and ending somewhere with no definite lines. Each system an integral and vital part of the proper functioning of the other.
Eating well is living well.
The food we eat has the potential to either keep us healthy. And or contribute to weight gain or diseases such as diabetes. But, it can also keep our minds working and alert. Eating the right foods can help prevent short-term memory loss and inflammation. Both of which can have long-term effects on the brain and, in turn, the rest of the body.
Some of the most amazing self-care foods include fatty fish, blueberries, nuts, green leafy veggies, and brassicas, like broccoli.
Also see: Ketogenic Delicious Ground Lamb
Recipe ideas: Salad: Red Cabbage Slaw
To some this is going to seem ridiculously easy. Meanwhile,for others this will seem like one of the most challenging stressful things in the world. It gets easier as you start to make it a habit. Takes 3 to 6 months to develop a habit. So find a mindful eating protocol and stick with it till you don’t have to think about it anymore. Your future you will thank you for it also.
Share a meal
Having healthy relationships, communities, friends and families is a vital part of self care. The saying goes that laughter is food for the soul. And I actually believe that.
Healthy constructive relationships nourish, encourage and strengthen us. Be mindful about the company you keep. Because people can tell what type of person you are from the 5 people closest to you.
I only eat when I’m hungry and I use the 16:8 intermittent fasting protocol daily. Eat withing a 8hr window during the day from 10am-6pm. Don’t eat anything after 6pm till 10am the following day. Drink water or tea if those pesky hunger pangs show up.
This helped me a great deal get off baby fat after I had my now 2 year old. Fasting is a great way to reset, reconnect, detox and maintain balance.
Fasting and feasting
We feast once a week, on shabbat-sabbat when we get together for fellowship and Torah study. There is usually a potbliss (oneg) with all the yummy Biblically clean foods pleasing to Yah!
This is a great mindful eating protocol to incorporate. I’ll share some of these ideas that are a vital part of my self care routine in a future post. Are you especially curious about one of the ones I’ve mentions? Comment below and I will add it to my calendar for a future post if it’s not on there already. Or if you have a favorite mindful eating protocol please share in the comments below.
Do people really just eat when they are hungry? How do you know if you are hungry?
These are both good questions. A lot of people are a little less than connected to their body and its signals.
Eat When You Are Hungry, Stop When You Are Satisfied
Most people eat on a schedule. Eating when it is “time” to eat rather than because of actual physical hunger. I see many people eat until they are so uncomfortable that they have to go take a nap. Or eat too little and end up having blood sugar spikes and crashes all day long.
Connect to your body. Take the time to learn to listen when your body tells you it is in need of food. And when it tells you it is time to stop. You will start to foster a deeper connection to the innate wisdom your body possesses.
As you take care of eating when you need to eat, you are sending a signal to yourself. That you love yourself and that you are willing to listen to what you need and provide it. You are at the same time training yourself to listen to your gut!!
Sleep When You Are Tired
It’s common to walk around totally drained all the time because we all have so many things on the go. We are a culture obsessed with being busy.
I am not going to tell you that you have to quit anything or give anything up. But I am going to tell you that by getting more sleep you are going to be better equipped. To handle all the things you have in your life. And You are going to be less likely to get sick and you are going to be smarter. Really.
This simple self care act can make such a huge positive impact in your life. My suggestion to you is to practice a few elements of sleep hygiene. If you cannot actually afford to add any extra hours of sleep to your routine right now.
Sleep housekeeping tips
First, set a bed time and a wake up time. Go to bed at the same time every night and try to wake up at the same time every morning. If this means you have to say no to a few social events or TWO. Your favorite show, do it. You will find that you sleep better and fall asleep faster once you get into a routine.
Secondly, shut down the electronics 30-60 minutes before your bed time. The light will decrease the amount of melatonin your body produces. Melatonin is an essential hormone for regulating sleep. Dim the lights, read a book, have light conversation. Sipping some herbal tea is a great idea. But not so much that you are running to the bathroom all night.
Carve Out 5 Minutes A Day To Sit
You can pray, meditate, journal, do breathing exercises or just close your eyes and do nothing.
Take 5 minutes minimum. Ideally I would say 15 minutes but I understand some of us are beyond busy. This is me time each day to recharge, calm, quiet, and soothe the mind.
Side effects include but are not limited to decrease stress levels. As well as communicate to you that you are a high priority on your list. Make this time sacred. Close the door and lock it if you have to. Just tune into you.
Move Your Body
Exercise is one of the most fundamental things you can do to improve your health. Take care of your body and clear your mind. But driving yourself to do an activity that you hate, or pushing yourself to burn out at the gym is the exact opposite of self care.
Sure, getting a good work out does mean being uncomfortable and pushing yourself sometimes. But if you are dreading your workouts or if you are getting symptoms of overtraining (excessive fatigue, prolonged muscle soreness and fatigue, poor digestion, anxiety, etc.), you may want to consider dialing back the intensity a little.
Alternately, not moving means it is possible that you will be causing yourself feel more fatigued than you need to.
Twenty minutes of light to moderate activity is really all you need. Go for a yoga class. Dance to your favorite music in the living room. Walk to work or on your lunch break. Whatever feels good to you, whatever feels doable for you, do it. You deserve that hit of endorphins!
Allow Yourself To Feel Your Feelings
This is a major issue in the United States. Acknowledging our emotions as they happen in a healthy way is very important for our emotional wellbeing. But it seems so taboo for some reason I am unsure of. As a victim of domestic abuse, I would get in trouble for crying when I was talked down to. Yelled at and humiliated because I felt what I felt.
Car keys were taken away from me as punishment for grieving and acknowledging my state of pain, unhappiness and hurt. I had a young baby I did not need to see me crying all the time. Pain and grief is not weakness.
Release tears of healing
. Not dealing with grief properly could lead to several mental, physical and emotional malaise in years to come. Find an outlet, a way to deal with your feelings and release them from within. A healthy prayer life, my love for my baby, music and dancing got me through those days in hell.
By acknowledging my feelings when they happened in a healthy way, I was able to process and release them. Releasing pain, anger, bitterness, guilt, fear, exhaustion and defeat. In exchange for hope, faith, trust and love especially for my baby at the time who is now 2.5yrs old.
Some ways to release include prayer, meditation, dancing, deep breathing exercises, crying, journaling, blogging, vlogging or talking to a friend. Let those feelings come out. Process them and release them instead of holding on. It’s going to be very unhealthy in the long run.
Being honest with myself about how I was feeling gave me the freedom to move forward. Some feelings may be scary to feel. But know that the pain of facing them is so much less than the pain of holding onto them. I promise.
Get a Massage
My favourite is deep tissue massage. Swedish massages are great for relaxation, unwinding and recharging. Deep tissue massages help release toxins and get them out of the body with proper hydration. Hot stone massages are great for tension and pressure points
I recommend getting any massage of your choice at least once a month if not more if you can afford to.
Go to a wellness spa
Most spas have saunas, foot bath and massage services, salt soaks, mud baths etc. Especially if you live in a large metropolitan area. Find one with affordable membership and an infrared sauna. When I was single (not a mom) my day off was spa day, my me day.
I drove my 93 Toyota Celica convertible top down to Asheville. Got a foot-bath, a massage, 30 soak in herbs and salt and an hour in the sauna. Then I treated myself to a nice lunch or dinner; went shopping and headed home ready for anything life threw at me.
Groupons are a great way to find affordable self care services.
- Drink lots of water and stay hydrated.
What is your favourite beauty self care routine?