We are facing a pandemic, a situation that none of us have ever imagined. So many things have changed, starting from the way we work to how we live. One thing we have all learnt is that health and wellness is important than everything else. So why not give attention to Self-care. Here are a few ways to love your body.
When you do any of these things with intention and purpose, they will help you feel better: mind, body, and spirit.
Small Ways to Love Your Body
1. Get outside for some fresh air and sunshine.
Being outdoors helps you relax, lightens your mood, boosts your vitamin D (although you might need to wait ’till April if you’re this side of the Atlantic), and even helps with healing. Even better: find a park or other tree-filled area, and spend at least 15 minutes enjoying nature.
2. Read a book.
Let us count the ways reading a book is good for you. It strengthens your brain and prevents cognitive decline, builds empathy, improves your vocabulary, reduces stress, fights depression, and helps you sleep better.
Plus, it’s linked to a longer lifespan! If you need a book idea, check out Jay Shetty, Think Like a Monk.
3. Get in your workout.
You already know why 🙂 It helps lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. It lifts your mood, helps reduce depression and stress, and is great for your brain.
Plus … it strengthens your bones and muscles and can keep you feeling active and strong. It helps you sleep better; it’s linked with a better sex life, and it boosts your chances of living longer.
4. Put your hand on your heart and tell yourself, “I love you!”
Seriously, try this. Ok I’m cringing slightly as I do this but what’s the harm? Put your hand on the left side of your chest and feel your heart beating. It’s working so hard to keep you strong and alive.
Take a moment to feel gratitude for that. Then tell yourself, “I love you!” (Do it even if it feels weird.) It probably made you smile so it was worth it!
5. Make time for a 10-minute stretch session.
Pay particular attention to your hamstrings for this one. Stretching helps you feel better in so many different ways: it improves your circulation, activates the part of your body’s nervous system that helps controls rest & relaxation; and triggers the release of feel-good endorphins.
6. Listen to your favourite music.
Music has a powerful influence on our bodies AND our moods – which is why it’s important to choose upbeat songs that make you FEEL good.
For many people, music can lead to better learning, it can improve your memory, help you focus, boost your mood, ease depression and anxiety, up your energy, and help you workout longer/harder!
7. Treat yourself to a warm bath.
Studies show that a warm (not hot) bath can help you relax by reducing stress hormones in your body. Plus, it’s great to help you get to sleep afterwards.
But that’s just the start of it. A warm bath also can help reduce tension in your muscles and relieve aches & pains (try adding 300 grams of Epsom salts for even more benefit. I do this once per week and it’s amazing).
Note: a hot soak sounds appealing, but it can actually leave some people feeling dizzy and weak. This is NOT what we are aiming for.
8. Look through old pics that make you smile.
A little visual walk down memory lane can give you perspective and help you feel gratitude for all the amazing people you’ve met along the way (and all the adventures you’ve had).
9. Cook a delicious dinner of your healthy favourites.
When was the last time you treated yourself to your favourite meal? If you’re the cook in your household, chances are you usually choose foods that other people will enjoy.
Tonight, choose something YOU want. 🙂
10. Schedule a massage.
Even if it’s several months from now, it’ll be something to look forward to. They’re great to reduce stress, improve circulation and energy, and even boost your immune system. Plus … you DESERVE IT!
Let’s take a little extra time to show our bodies how much we LOVE them. Hope you liked the post. Do comment if you wish to add to the list.