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One of the most common lifestyle goals is finding balance in our lives. This is why it seems like no matter where you turn, there are magazine articles, books, self-help gurus, and blog posts that are discussing “work-life balance.”
Many us feel that it’s a constant tug-of-war with different aspects of our lives. The advice that is mostly given is, “You need to spend more quality time with your loved ones, get more rest, laugh more, make that dream of yours into a reality, and learn a new language, while on the other hand, you need to adopt a hard-work-and-no-play attitude and work, work, work; expect more money to flow from all of that hard work, buy a bigger home, and send off all of your children to a private school.”
Are you detecting the irony?
This is a prime example of unrealistic goals that can make anyone feel tired, angry, disappointed, and stressed to the max.
It can also cause us to neglect our own health and overall wellbeing. This is why self-care is vital for our health and state of mind. It helps us become a better version of ourselves by helping us find balance, re-ignite a zest for life, de-stress, and gives us a sense of empowerment.
5 Ways to Practice Self-Care
Stress can put a damper on anyone’s health! There are many natural and inexpensive ways to improve stress, such as yoga. There are several different styles of yoga. Some styles of yoga that reduce stress and anxiety while relaxing the mind and body are restorative yoga, hatha, and ashtanga. Yoga is also beneficial for different aspects of our health.
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Mark Twain said it best, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Traveling gave me experiences that I’ll cherish for a lifetime, whether it’s out of the country or within my own state. It has taught me lessons that couldn’t be seen from a different person’s perspective in a classroom, only my own. It helped foster a love for history, as well as an appreciation for architecture, landscape, culture, food, and art. Traveling has also helped me broaden my perspective, value the things that are often taken for granted, overcome shyness, and generally taught me what textbooks could not. Studies have shown that traveling is not just good for leisure, but it’s beneficial for one’s health!
Take a Hike
Hiking is one of my all-time favorite activities that I love to do. I deem it nature’s therapy since I’m always at the most serene and peaceful state of mind when hiking. It has been proven that hiking can reduce stress and foster creativity.
The aromatherapy that essential oils provide is an integral part of my daily life. I always carry essential oils like bergamot, geranium, grapefruit, or lemon in my purse since their smells are relaxing, yet uplifting and energizing at the same time.
Have you taken the time to practice self-care? If so, what are one of the ways that you practice it?
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I try to take care of myself at all times. I wouldn’t say I have special self care time, so much.
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Self-care is very important and I have been working harder this year on taking the time to do so for myself. We are only good for others if we take care of ourself.
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Great list!! I wish it was easier to be stress less. I do agree with you about the scents. I love using essential oils to change my moods.
I really need to build in some time for self care. Life has been so chaotic recently and I am so incredibly stressed. Love your idea of taking a hike—I need to take one, literally and figuratively, from social media!
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I think these are all great ideas. Having a hike is a really good one. I do love to walk, so that’s a great way to relieve stress too.
For me, practicing self-care is very important. I try not to stress myself out – been there, done that and it’s not okay. I love essential oils as well.
I certainly have time for myself now that the kids are back to school. I go on my regular walks again.
I have been looking for a good probiotic to try. I will have to pick up some Florastor® Daily Probiotics.
Self-care is super important. If you don’t care for yourself, then you can’t be there to care for others. I haven’t tried using a probiotic yet.
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Love these tips – sometimes you end up being the last on the list and it’s so important to take care of yourself. Thanks for sharing this!
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Oh, I should try taking probiotics now. It is really important to take care of ourselves especially if you are a mom.
I am trying to learn how to manage my stress, but it can be hard. I have been looking into yoga lately because I have heard a lot of great things.
Stress less. I preach this to my wife all the time. There is a lot of really cool research coming out showing the impact that gut flora has on many aspects of life. It’s pretty wild.
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Self care is so important. I’ve been stressing over something the last week, and I’ve been making a conscious effort to take care of myself a little better to keep myself calm.
We get so busy in this thing called life that often times we forget about ourselves. These are great tips!
I try to balance my work and my family and my hobbies. If I give too much time in any area I start to feel stressed. I know it sounds weird to say that about family but it is true for me!
I would have to say that taking care of yourself is so important and most of the time your the first person you forget!
Self care is very important because how can you take care of others if you do not take care of yourself. I love essential oils!
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Self care is so important as a Mom! I always forget too. I would love to take a hike.
I just bought some essential oils, but having been using them as much as like. I’m so inspired by your idea of keeping them with you to help with energy levels. I might need to start doing this, especially since I’m heading to Disney next week with my family.
Exercise is so important for me when I am stressed. It isn’t always the easiest thing for me to get to, but it always helps.
I deal with anxiety so essential oils are great for helping you feel like anxious or stressed. Great tips!
Amazing tips for self care. I always give myself some time to rejuvenate. It’s good to have some time where you can just do what relives stress for you.
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Love all these tips! Some times we are so busy taking care of everyone around this that we forget to stop and take time for ourselves, great reminder 🙂
Self care is very important. I try to take really good care of myself by being careful what I eat and being sure to exercise.
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These tips are so lovely. It is important that we take care of ourselves too even if we are already married and a mom.
I am actually exploring the healing properties of aromatherapy and it actually works. Great tips because good self care will always enhance your health.
My husband and I just discovered probiotics! He travels for a living and ends up sick so often. They’ve helped him so much! We’ve even started putting them in our smoothies for the kids.
I think self-care is so important! I always take a few hours each day for self-care. If we can’t take care of ourselves, we can’t take care of others!
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Hiking is definitely my favorite way to relax! I only wish we had better trails in Florida. Haha!
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Traveling helps me so much, I feel so much better after a getaway-even if it’s for a few short days. Self care is so important!