It's a well-known fact we need to be practicing self-care, especially if you're a parent. But sometimes it's quite challenging, or at times it seems a little boring. We do the same old things: exercising, eating great, trying to do nice things for ourselves but it never stops feeling selfish, nor does it seem to get any easier.
It's time to change things up. Let's look at some unique and interesting ways to practice self-care in ways which make you feel good about what you're doing.
You already know the importance of a good diet. Now consider taking it to the next level. Make a practice of looking for foods which are healthy and natural. Look for home-grown items at a farmer's market. Consider sustainable foods. Remember, eating right can have a healthy impact and those around you with only a little thought and consideration.
Looking for a way to spoil yourself? Rather than indulge in shopping therapy, why not instead invest in time with others rather than in more consumer goods? Having a lunch with a friend brings a positive impact upon both your life and theirs.
Express Your Emotions
When we shut down and try to control our emotions, we do ourselves more harm than good. Holding things in only leads to additional stress, higher blood pressure, and other negative physical affects. Instead, look for ways to express how you feel. Indulge in art. Journal. Get into deep conversation with others. All of these will help you to come to a better understanding of how you feel and will aid in letting go of negativity.
There is nothing wrong with indulging in little self-spoiling actions such as bubble baths, a manicure, or a massage. By taking the extra effort to use natural products and treat those around you well, you benefit yourself, the environment, and others.
Stretch Your Mind
Self-care often includes time out to read a good book or to watch a movie. Again, both of these are great ideas. To take this to the next level, try watching a documentary instead, or reading something which has an impact upon how you think. Good examples of positive reading material include inspiring biographies, books on environmental issues, and anything which educates or keeps you informed.
By following these tips, self-care becomes interesting again. Even more important, you start seeing how you can impact the world in positive ways even when you're just taking care of yourself.