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Hello everyone and happy weekend!
I’ve got a quick roundup of top self-care tips from some amazing ladies in the wellness field. I asked each of them to talk to me about their one BEST self-care tip. If you like what you read, make sure to check out their blogs, too!
Casey Cromwell: Try New Foods.
When you think of self-care, you might not imagine taking the time to experiment with new foods and recipes. However, as someone with celiac disease, this was one of my favorite ways to show myself a little extra love.
Before I was diagnosed with celiac disease, I’d never tried dozens of foods–ranging from avocado to sweet potato to dragonfruit–that are now staples of my diet. However, when I had to go gluten-free (the only treatment for celiac disease), I wanted to make my restricted diet feel less limited… so I decided to explore grocery stores.
Even if you don’t have dietary limitations, experimenting with new foods and meals is a great self-love tactic. Cooking for baking new recipes can help you relax, especially if you have Netflix on on the background.
If you’re trying to eat healthier, finding new favorite fruits and veggies can also make a diet more exciting. And, if you’re like me and are kept busy with college, a full-time job, or both, having some exciting leftoveres in the fridge makes long days feel a lot easier.
So the next time you’re grocery shopping, maybe show those “different” foods–and yourself–some extra TLC!
Casey Cromwell blogs at Casey the College Celiac about living with celiac disease (and other chronic illnesses) in college, gluten-free recipes (that are also often vegan or paleo), and general healthy living.
Mandi Em: Nurture Something or Someone.
As a Mother with three kids and a woman who works in the social work industry, I find my entire life is consumed with caring for others. Most tips about self-care advise to take more care of yourself–learning to let go and focus on you. For some of us this is HARD. And I mean challenging to the point of not being useful at all!
This has helped me remember to be present in little moments, and provides me with a sense of fulfillment. Self-care is difficult but necessary, so it really is important to incorporate it into as many everyday moments as you can!
Mandi Em is the content creator for Big Tiny Steps, a blog about Health and Wellness by way of clean eating and natural living, reconnecting with nature and living a simpler more sustainable life.
When thoughts come into your mind, bring your awareness to them, acknowledge these thoughts, perhaps notice any of the suffering you are currently experiencing, and then bring your awareness back to your breath by taking an even breath in… holding it more a moment… and releasing this breath.
Repeat as necessary.
Cassie Spanner: Eat Intuitively.
My best self-care tip would be to practice intuitive eating and balance. I used to make myself miserable by sticking to a strict diet and scolding myself for anything I ate that was outside of it, be it sweets or carbs. About a year ago I changed my mindset to stray away completely from elimination and instead listened to what my body wants.
I eat a healthy diet majority of the time, but I still incorporate treats and I no longer berate myself for it. If I’m craving something and can’t let it go, I just eat it. Overall it is a much healthier way to approach eating and my mental health is so much better for it!
I was also surprised to find that after a few months of adopting this approach I’d lost more weight than when I was “dieting” and it was mostly effortless. My weight has since maintained at the same level for several months and I’ve found that I’m much happier with my body than I ever have been before.
Cassie is the creator of Be Forever Healthier, a blog that provides simple ideas to help people live their healthiest lives. The blog includes healthy recipes, weekly health challenges, life hacks and wellness tips. Cassie lives in Brisbane in Australia with her partner Adam, who is her chief taste tester and tech fixer-upper.
Joelle Byrne: Check for Balance.
Being diagnosed with Postnatal Illness (yep admitting it!) has taught me one thing; that there is only one you, and without that one you, the world would be a different place. We can’t pour from an empty jar, so keeping ourselves fit and well is a priority not only for us, but for those around us. We simply cannot keep doing what we do for everyone else without being at our best.
My top tip for self care is to check the balance every now and again. The process, recommended by mental health professionals, looks at the key elements of your life and checks that they are in harmony. This simple but effective technique ensure that not only are you looking after number one, you’re also checking in regularly to make sure that balance is maintained (once every couple of months is recommended).
A quick overview of the process:
Take five minutes to write down everything you do in a typical week and the hours dedicated to it. Each hour equates to one point. Now group those tasks into one of three categories;
- Self-care (which, for the purposes of this process, includes sleep!)
Add up the scores for each area. Are you balanced? Each category should score equally; if it doesn’t then your balance is off. Then it’s time to get thinking about how you can tip the scale and balance each category. What will you change?
There is a workbook associated with this which is free and available here if you’d like to look for your own reference.
Joelle is a full time author and blogger and self-confessed planner addict. Her blog, The Yorkshire Pudding, pays homage to safe and well living, with a real life approach to all things home and family.
Adea Ademi: Hydrate!
As a busy mother of 3 boys, I have found that taking care of myself is just as important as taking care of my family—and staying healthy and feeling good is a big part of that. Sometimes a jog or a mini yoga session is just the thing that I need to do in order to relax and clear my mind. The other important thing that I do to take care of myself (and my family) is taking a whole food supplement. Before starting these supplements, I suffered from migraines, and now, I can say that I am migraine free. Wow! What a difference it has made in my body and quality of life!