If you’ve been following me for a while now, you know how much I live for self-care practices. It’s so important for regaining your health, balance, and energy— especially with a busy, on-the-go schedule.
Although my schedule is usually jam packed between my personal life, school, work, blogging, content, projects, etc, I know my body still needs to be cared for and not treated like a robot. When we live with busy schedules it can be difficult to take care of ourselves properly, nonetheless, it’s still important to make an effort to get some time for yourself in— even if you have to squeeze it in to your schedule. The squeezed in time adds up and is better than nothing in my opinion. Some waves in my life allow me to spend more time on self-care practices, while other waves in my life don’t, and because of this I have developed 4 simple self-care tools I like to use that help me take care of myself better during the busy waves of my life and I’m sharing them with you today!
My intention for today’s blog post is to encourage you to take time for yourself, despite your busy schedule. Self-care does not need to take hours on end and is not something that has to be written off if you think you don’t have time— it’s not an all-or-nothing practice. There are simple and easy ways to add self-care into your day, even when you’re on the go. Small practices add up, and if you happen to have a day that’s more open and free for you, take advantage of it and show your body some extra love by doing the things that make you feel healthy, balanced, and energized.
1. MOVE INTETIONALLY: Make every step count. Moving intentionally is a great way to give your body some self-care without having to take any time out of your schedule. Lately I am on the go-go-GO and I almost always train everywhere— it gets me to places so much faster. School, work, meet-ups, workout classes, you name it. I will do whatever I can to avoid driving a vehicle in the city! I get drained when I am driving everywhere, especially if I’m stuck in traffic. I walk all over the place and make every step an intentional one. I don’t just walk to get to a destination, I really move my body and tune into my movements, posture, and breathing. It’s such a simple way to get connected to yourself and it’s a great way to get energized! I’m usually listening to inspiring podcasts or music that helps me tune in rather than tune out while I walk, and I’ve become obsessed with my Beats By Dre noise cancelling headphones I got for Christmas because they drown out the loudness of the trains and help me feel more centered and less stimulated by the cities loud environment. If you guys would like me to share a list of podcasts/music that I listen to when on the go comment below to let me know! I don’t always make it to the gym or a workout class when life gets busy, but when I do I’m also intentional about my movements and make it count by working my butt off for whatever amount of time I get to spend exercising. That said, I personally feel like being intentional about my steps while I’m on the go is a great form of moderate exercise— it gets my heart rate up and makes me feel like I am staying active most days of the week.
2. AROMATHERAPY: Okay, this is probably my favourite one. I keep my Saje essential oil rollers in my purse, backpack, pencil case and literally everywhere. I have a few evening classes and sometimes I feel a little bombed by the end of the day, but as soon as I bust out my Peppermint Halo roller and roll it onto the palms of my hands and temples and it instantly revitalizes and energizes me. I also love the Stress Release Nasal Inhaler for those times I am feeling more stressed or anxious, it helps release tension and brings me back to a state of calm. I’ve gotten myself into the habit of diffusing citrus blends in the morning when I wake up and am going about my morning routine, and lavender blends in the evening when I am winding down. This practice makes all the difference in how I begin and end my day. I honestly don’t know how I ever lived without aromatherapy— it helps keep me in balance and centered. These are such easy ways you can help yourself keep those stress and anxiety levels minimum. Stress and anxiety impacts our overall health negatively, and aromatherapy is the perfect all natural assistant to help keep those levels minimal to leave you feeling healthy and amazing.
3. STAY HYDRATED: I mean, this is common sense here, but it’s a great reminder because when you’re all over the place and on the go it’s easy to become disconnected from yourself and miss your body’s natural cues— i.e. thirst and hunger cues. Water is essential for life and maintaining hydration. According to a scientific article from NCBI, dehydration can influence cognition. Even mild levels of dehydration can produce disruptions in mood and cognitive functioning. I truly hate the feeling and effects of dehydration— it disrupts my entire system and causes me to feel brain fog and fatigued. As a person who appreciates feeling clear minded and energized, staying hydrated consistently throughout my day ensures I am taking care of myself properly so I can give off my best. I like to make sure my water bottle is filled up and in the fridge before I go to bed and I’ll grab it before I leave the house in the morning. It’s not a difficult habit to get into either! Sometimes we don’t even realize when our body is dehydrated— when we become thirsty we have already passed the point of dehydration. Having a water bottle on hand at all times is a simple way to remind yourself to drink fluids.
4. END OF DAY EPSOM SALT BATH: This self-care practice is actually an easy one! Making rest a priority is a major form of self-care for everyone, but especially for the person on the go who can’t easily turn their mind off [guilty]. Epsom salt baths are a simple and effective way I help my body wind down, recharge, and set myself up for a good nights rest. Give yourself just 20 minutes before bedtime and run a hot [not too hot, but tolerable] bath with 1/2 cup of Epsom salts and a few drops of your favourite calming essential oils and emerge yourself into the water for 20 minutes. Sprinkle the Epsom salts in while the bath water is running so the salt has time to dissolve, then add your essential oil drops last so you can reap their full effect. Make sure your essential oils are ones that can touch on the skin or else you could end up with burn marks/bumps. In addition, Epsom salt is rich in magnesium and can help with pain relief, and after a long day pain relief is often needed to regain strength. It’s also a natural detoxifier, exfoliant, and anti-inflammatory remedy. A well-known benefit of Epsom salt is the magnesium content it contains. Many people are aware of vitamin D deficiency, but magnesium deficiency is also prevalent and often goes unnoticed. According to a scientific study from 2018 you can have a deficiency in magnesium even if your serum magnesium levels are in normal range. Serum magnesium does not reflect intracellular magnesium— the latter making up more than 99% of total body magnesium. That said, Espom salt baths are a great way to increase magnesium levels. In addition, magnesium helps activate GABA in the body which encourages relaxation, ultimately encouraging a better nights rest. Sleep is critical for proper daily functioning and promoting overall health. All in all, an Epsom salt bath is the perfect way to give your body some extra love in just 20 minutes time.
Thank you for reading today’s post! Do you have any self-care hacks when life gets busy? I would love to hear what you do to take care of yourself when you’re on the go! Comment below to share. I hope you have an amazing day!
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