You may think to yourself, well yes I do that all the time. But do we really? I'm not talking about having a glass of wine or going to the beach. I'm talking about the act of giving yourself love daily. I've been pondering more and more on this, that our daily habits and our work and life patterns truly effect our mental and physical well being. But the big takeaway that I've discovered is that when you love yourself you also share that love with others and this essentially makes the world happier.
So what can you do to practice self care/love daily? Even if it's just for thirty minutes or fifteen minutes. Now these are self care suggestions that aren't the indulgent ones but ones that speak to your spirit and soul. Studies have shown that when we're content and feeling good about ourselves, other people notice and feel that vibration. Here are some suggestions for you to practice self care and love:
- Go for a walk or bike ride, anything physical. Endorphins (happy hormones) are released in your body when you move.
- Call your bestie and catch up
- Grab a blanket and lay outside and look at the clouds
- Take a soothing bath
- Play with your cat, dog or pet or someone elses
- Work on your garden
- Do an activity that gave you joy and happiness when you were a child, like coloring or playing with legos.
It's funny how we've lost some of these activities the more technology that comes into our life however taking time to do an activity that uses your hands and mind has big benefits and impacts for not only your happiness but the longevity of your brain. Many studies have shown that working with your hands and playing games can prevent Alzheimers and dementia.
So even when it's a crazy busy day and your stressed, which is when you need self care the most. Stop, breath and go for a walk or do whatever gives you joy!