Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Back to Me Routine – How to Show Yourself Some Tender Loving Care || Guest Post

Nowadays, it is way too easy to get sucked into stress, exhaustion and basically doing things for others which we don’t want to do, with the excuse that we can’t be selfish. Go ahead, be a little selfish! Take a day off, take a vacation even. Show yourself some tender loving care by making things about you for once, and don’t you dare feel guilty about it.

1. Cut the Cord

What is the first thing that pops into your head when you hear the word detox? A juice cleanse and a retreat in the woods? Sure, but it can also mean switching off your phone and going on a technology detox. It’s nice to be up to date on all the important news, but sometimes the outside world can be way too loud and demanding. So go ahead and turn it off, even if it’s just for a few hours to hear your own thoughts.

2. Treat Yourself

I’m sure you’ve heard that many times already, and it’s not for nothing. Every now and then, treat yourself to something you don’t necessarily need, but want. Book a spa day. Go get a manicure! If you can’t splurge so much financially, then buy a new colour of nail-polish and do your nails yourself. To feel like you are at the spa, try making a hydrating face mask at home, using only natural ingredients. Do any kind of beauty treatment - your mind and body will be thankful for it.

3. Detox Your Body

Dieting is about listening to what your body needs. Food can give you energy but it can also take it away, which is why you need to be mindful about what you eat. For instance, certain foods which are high in gluten can leave you feeling sluggish and sleepy. A lot of people have recently started to discover that they are actually allergic to gluten. However, even if you don’t have an obvious intolerance, you should still consider trying some of the deliciously healthy choices out there like Gluten Free Cravings, as you will no doubt benefit in more ways than one. The popularity of a gluten-free diet has grown enormously in the past years because of its numerous health benefits that affect everybody. Improved energy levels, less bloating and even less anxiety are just some of the changes that follow after cutting gluten out.

4. Detox Your Mind

Meditate. You don’t have to get down on the ground and cross your legs like you see people doing in the movies. Place yourself in a position that’s comfortable for you, relax your muscles one by one and breathe. Remember breathing? The calming benefits of meditation are quite magical. Not only will you relieve tension and reduce stress, but you will also notice a generally more positive outlook on life. When you shut out everything else, you give room to self-discovery. You might even fall in love - with yourself.

5. Exercise

How can exercise be relaxing, you ask? Once you realise that the point of exercise is not just to be able to fit into that new dress, the pressure will come off and it will instantly become easier to do. Exercising should be about connecting your mind and body through movement. When you are moving around and working out, your heart rate increases which makes your brain releases endorphins - a natural chemical which literally makes you happy. All you need to worry about is finding an activity that works for you. You don’t have to run a terrifying marathon, just try walking around your neighbourhood for starters.

6. Make Sleep a Priority

The proper amount of sleep will maximise your ability to do everything else. It increases productivity, improves athletic performance and promotes immune function, to list just a few. Clear and modify your sleeping space to be able to get the most out of it, but remember that receiving that natural sunlight in the morning is just as important for your rhythm.

Being kind to others is important but there are times when it is more important to be kind to yourself. Show yourself the love and care you deserve by being the number one responsibility in your own life, and the rest will follow as it should.

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