This year it’s all about the self care for me. As I said in my 2015 goals post, I’ve realised now important it is to look after myself so that I can then take care of others and in particular, be the best mother I can be. Little things you do daily can have a huge impact on your feelings of wellbeing, so here are 5 simple things you can do to every day to take extra good care of yourself…
Dry skin brushing / hot cloth wash
Dry skin brushing is nothing new or exciting, however it is simply effective! The act of dry skin brushing is where you use a soft bristled brush to gently brush the skin in long motions towards the heart. It removes dead skin cells, improves circulation and drainage of toxins and excess fluids. From my experience I’ve also found it’s a good way to feel more awake in the mornings! On an evening, try doing a hot cloth wash for a similar more relaxing effect. Just fill a sink with hot water (you could also add a couple of drops of essential oils) and dip a face cloth in it then wring it out. Rub the hot cloth on your skin dipping it back in the hot water when it has cooled and repeating all over the body. You’ll find that you have a nice warm glow after this!
Oil pulling is an ayurvedic practice that involves swilling a tablespoon of oil around your mouth for several minutes so that the oil can pull toxins out of your mouth and throat. I won’t go into much detail as this Oil Pulling 101 post from the lovely Amanda has everything covered. It’s something I’ve been doing for a couple of weeks and I’m amazed at the difference! My teeth seem whiter and bleeding gums that seems to be left over from my pregnancy has cleared up! I keep a jar of coconut oil in the bathroom (I use coconut oil for all sorts, see my post on 10 ways to use coconut oil for loads of ideas) with a spoon and I oil pull while I dry skin brush to save time.
For some of you having alone time will be very easy, but for others it might be something incredibly hard to do! Even if you do have time alone in your day, it might not be focused time where you do something for yourself. Try having at least 5 minutes of focused me time every day. It might be going for a quick walk, painting your nails, scrolling through Pinterest (one of my faves!), making a cup of coffee, tea or herbal tea and just being for a while. You could even use those 5 minutes to meditate!
Set your MIT’s for the day
MIT’s are your Most Important Tasks, and this is something I’ve picked up from the Shining Year Workbook. Setting your three Most Important Tasks each day is a great way of avoiding overwhelm and getting shit done! Get a note pad and stick it somewhere you’ll see it every morning so you can jot them down as soon as you get up. Get those three things done and then anything else is a bonus. Check out my How to get shit done post for more ideas.
Eat more super foods
Affordable super foods that is! Including some really nutrient dense foods in your diet each day is a great way to improve your health and wellbeing. An easy way to do this is by always making sure you have some foods like eggs, avocado and kale in the fridge and using them in meals throughout the week.
Do you feel that you are able to prioritise self care? What are your self care rituals?