Natural Approaches to Self-Care

As the school year quickly approaches once again, it is always nice to come back refreshed and mentally prepared to start up another year. This post will go over some quick tips to get organized and feel physically and mentally ready. 

It can really help to set the tone for each day by visualizing goals, writing tasks down, and taking five minutes to either meditate or be mindful by putting electronics away. Apps like Simple Habit or Headspace can help with this and help ward off the stresses of the daily rat race.

It also can help to break a sweat early in the morning to get a rush of endorphins. It can be as simple as walking, going to a spinning class, dancing, yoga, swimming, or working out at home with an app like Daily Burn. As always, it is important to refuel the body with nutritious foods. Cooking can also be a mindful time and it can help for individuals that are trying to be a little more health-conscious.

Tackling the easiest tasks on a to-do list can help get the ball rolling with productivity. It is recommended to write down even the littlest chores so that the mind can be at ease as “brain dumps” can help relieve some stress. Working in increments of thirty minutes and taking five-minute breaks can make the work a little less monotonous. 

Creating a very calm atmosphere can also help to get things done and ensure a restful night of sleep. Having a consistent bedtime routine like showering, lighting a candle, drinking herbal tea, and reading a book can help the mind to know when it is time to unwind and rest. Nothing can make up for a lack of sleep. Both the body and brain require adequate rest to function optimally. Taking a bath with Epsom salt or applying something like Tiger Balm can help to relieve muscle aches and pains. A good book like “Good Vibes, Good Life” by Vex King can help ward off stress and encourage positivity in everyday life. Herbal teas like chamomile or valerian can help calm the nervous system down and ensure restful sleep.