If the last two years have taught us anything, it’s that we can’t predict life. We can make plans and dream of fulfilling adventures and milestones, but we can’t predict the challenges that will befall us. Do you know what we can do? We can take simple steps each day to keep our mental health in check. And doing so can help us flourish no matter what happens. Below, Pilates with Amanda has listed eight practical self-care tips that you may or may not have tried!
1. Diffuse essential oils
Of the five senses, the sense of smell is one of the most sensitive and powerful. One 2014 study showed that a human can distinguish between one trillion odors. The sense of smell is so impactful that in a moment it can affect our emotions, trigger fight or flight instincts, help us assess people and settings, and so forth.
If the power of smell is that intense, it is worth it to make sure your body is consuming the right aromas that will soothe your mind, body, and spirit. Diffuse pure essential oils throughout your day, and you will notice subtle shifts in your mood. Try a soothing oil like lavender or oils like peppermint or wild orange that can boost energy.
2. Limit your phone use
The modern-day cellular phone is made to spark consumerism, and the average American spends four to five hourson their phone a day. Instead of leaving your phone by your bedside as you sleep, hide it away in another room and use a traditional alarm clock to wake you in the morning. This will prevent you from reaching for your phone first thing in the morning and checking emails, social media, or your to-do list.
3. Go to school
If you find you are stuck in a rut and that your day-to-day routines are bringing you down, consider shaking things up and pursuing a career change. To ensure that your future endeavors are successful, consider going to school for a degree in a field that you are passionate about in order to get the knowledge you need. Today, online programs make it easier than ever to earn a degree while still making a living and taking care of your personal life.
4. Take work breaks
Your mind and body need frequent resets. Be intentional about planning those resets throughout your days and year. Throughout the day, plan work breaks, where you change up what you are doing by walking away from the task and doing something you enjoy, reading a few pages of a good book, or moving your body. You will find you come back to your work productive.
5. Decompress before bed
It’s so easy to live in a state of busyness that we can find ourselves wound up from the moment we wake up until we go to bed. Don’t let your life pass you by without taking time to decompress every now and then and reflect on the day. Try centering yourself before bed with a good book, sipping an herbal tea, or listening to soothing music before bed.
6. Unfriend people on social media
It’s okay to set boundaries in all areas of your life. If you find that you are consuming content that makes you feel uninspired, discontent, or envious, then give yourself permission to step away. It’s not only okay to unfriend people on social media, but it’s crucial to your mental health.
7. Care for your body
Everything about your life is dependent on how well you take care of your body. If you want energy to pursue the day with zeal, if you want a better mood, if you want restorative rest, if you want a clear mind then it is imperative you give your body everything it needs to perform at optimal levels.
Make eating well-balanced meals and snacks a priority, create a bedtime routine that is relaxing and intentional, and move your body in ways that not only promote strength, but also balance, breathing, flexibility, posture, and tone. Pilates is an excellent practice to get an array of physical benefits and you can learn everything you need through lessons from Pilates with Amanda.
8. Get some sun
The benefits of the outdoors are endless. Two of the most important benefits you can get from sun and fresh air are improved mood and immunity. Vitamin D can be absorbed into your skin, so sit in the sun as much as you can (without overdoing it and getting burned of course). Try going for runs, walks, or hikes at least weekly.
As with most things in life, your mind can only flourish when intentional care is given to it. Make planned efforts to boost your mind, body, and spirit. The eight tips above can get you off to a great start, but feel free to adjust and add new practices as your life and needs change. In no time, you will find every aspect of your life improving!
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