Self-Taught, Self-Care

Self-care seems to be a buzzword these days. Much like- organic, selfies, juicing, and Obamacare. But what does self care really mean? And how do we do it?

As children, we are often taught to be nice to others. However, sometimes the message about being nice to ourselves is overshadowed by these social graces. 

After 28 years on this earth, I have discovered the joy and fulfillment in taking care of myself. Here are a few tricks and local tips I discovered on my journey:

Dose of Sunshine Research has shown that a dose of vitamin D (sunshine) helps increase levels of serotonin. Getting outside for a quick walk or activity can help lower stress, maintain a healthy circadian rhythm, and can improve your mood. 

Nutrient Packed Juice For me, there is something immediately gratifying about drinking fresh pressed juice- so many healthy fruits and veggies squeezed into one drink! I love treating myself to a fresh juice or smoothie when I am out and about. Daily JuiceJuiceLand, and Skinny Limits are my favorite spots around town. Investing in a juicer is another way to get instant pick-me-ups at home. Ask me about some of my favorite juice recipes and combos!

Healing Touch The benefits of massage extend far past physical relaxation. Massage can help to: decrease anxiety and depression, increased energy, improve sleep and concentration, and so much more! Learn more about the mind, body, spirit connection by scheduling an appointment with a masseuse.  

Clean Meal on the Go Our hectic schedules can make eating breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks difficult at times. Instead of sitting in a drive-thru line, try grabbing a lunch at one of the many healthy prepped food spots around town. Snap Kitchen is my favorite and their salmon meals taste great without needing to be heated up! 

Guilty Pleasures Why feel guilty about things that make us feel good? In moderation, most "guilty pleasures" are sources of great joy once we can soften the voice of our inner critic. Have a sweet tooth? Indulge in a piece of dark chocolate and savor every moment. Mindful eating practices help us to be engaged in the process of eating and can transform the experience and our relationship to food. 

Soothing Scents Experts say, that engaging all of our senses helps to ground and calm us. One of my favorite ways to do this is with Palo Santo sticks. Feel the stick and its rough texture, smell the scent released by the burning wood, watch the flame and smoke dance, enjoy the silent whirling of smoke. Bath bombs are another great way to indulge in the meditative practice of engaging the senses!

Get Your Hands Dirty Having house-plants not only adds an aesthetic quality to our surroundings but they have been shown to de-stress and purify the air as well! Succulents are some of my favorites to keep around because they are low maintenance and pleasing to the eye. There is also something to be said for the nurturing element of growing plants! 

Self- Care is as unique as you are. Experiment and find what works for you!