Why Self-Care Isn’t Selfish: Advice for Women(3/4)

By Rumi Samuel Published on September 11, 2022
Why Self-Care Isn’t Selfish: Advice for Women(3/4)

Self-Care is the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s health. As the conversation surrounding mental health and mindfulness continues to grow, so does the discussion of the benefits of self-care. We’ve compiled a list of five ways to practice self-care in your everyday life.

Wondering where to begin with, self-care? Start with creating a pause in your day

Dr Darling says to start your self-care routine by taking time each day to pause. Find an activity that promotes inner peace and calm. This will allow you to unwind from stress and get in touch with your needs.

Stress-relieving practices quiet the mind, balance hormones, including cortisol (the stress hormone), lower blood pressure, and improve brain health.

Here are a few simple self-care ideas for beginners: 

  • Spend time in nature, like gardening or walking barefoot in the grass or sand, a practice called grounding.
  • If you’re exhausted, make an effort to go to bed early.
  • Spend 10 to 15 minutes daily on a few simple yoga poses or stretches.
  • Try an Epsom salts bath.
  • Use a guided meditation app.
  • Read a book in your favourite chair before bed.
  • Take a walk around your neighbourhood without a goal.
  • Do a craft. 
  • Take a nap.
  • Sit on your front porch or deck and sit there. No phone.

Often, you will have an idea of what type of self-care works best for you. Maybe it’s going for a run, maybe it’s running around the backyard with your kids, or maybe it’s cooking up a delicious dinner.

Rumi Samuel

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