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Show Yourself You Care - 6 Self-Care Tips

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February, the month of Love. We gift chocolates and flowers, go out to fancy dinners and sip champagne. These activities are fun and entertaining, but not always the best options to promote health and wellbeing. 

Is there a better way to love yourself that promotes health and happiness?

Yes, of course there is!

Here are 6 self-love tips for you to practice this month and turn them into long lasting habits.

Love your body and brain. 

Eat foods that promote the health of your brain and body. Nutrient dense foods are vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, and seeds. Small portions of hormone-free, antibiotic-free and free roaming or wild animal protein can also be included in a balanced diet. When you give your body the best nutrients you’ll feel and look better.  Improving your diet will have an effect on your brain, too. You’ll get better sleep, have more energy, improve your mood, concentration and digestion.

Instead of dining out, prepare a nutrient-dense, home cooked meal. Ask a loved one to help out and have fun cooking and enjoying a meal together. 

Just Relax. 

In today’s busy world with endless do-to-lists, people to see and places to go, we often forget to take a moment to stop and relax. I don’t mean watching TV or spending hours on social media. To truly relax means to disconnect from your daily routine. 

Learn to meditate. As little as 5 minutes a day has shown to lower stress levels, increase concentration and improve sleep. 

Get a massage. Stimulating the skin and gently massaging your muscle is a great way to heighten your senses, improve circulation and remove toxins. 

Get Active.

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Physical activity is one of the best ways to stay and feel healthy. Walking, running, dancing and moving is an instant mood activator. If you’re feeling lazy or lacking energy, a quick run, dancing to your favorite song or any kind of movement will instantly lift your mood. If you prefer a longer workout, take walk, go for a run in nature, do some yoga or enjoy a HIIT class. Whatever you fancy!

Getting enough daily physical activity will lower your stress levels, provide better quality sleep, tone your muscles and improve your cardiovascular system. Make a list of your favorite physical activities or new activities you'd like to try. Make sure to check each one off your list by the end of the month.

Listen to Music.

Some people just can’t live without music. These people tend to be happier and easy going. Listening to music stimulates your senses and activates your brain. During the love month, challenge yourself to listen to more of your favorite music. It could be music that relaxes you, or boosts your energy. For an extra treat, listen to live music. 

Treat yourself to live music this month.

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Drink Water.

Your body is 66% water. Water is nature’s most vital liquid. Thirst is a symptom of dehydration. Getting enough water into your body is essential for normal bodily functions. The exact amount of water needed varies from person to person. Drink 500 ml of water first thing in the morning. This will fire up your metabolism, hydrate you, help your body flush out toxins, give your brain fuel, and may even make you eat less during the day.

Leave a large glass of water on your nightstand before bed, and drink first thing in the morning. Make this your new habit!

Sleep.

Getting enough sleep is probably one of the single best things you can do to show yourself more self-love and improve your health. While you sleep, your body literally does “house cleaning”. Getting enough quality sleep allows your body to repair, revitalize and restore the physiological processes that keep your body and mind healthy and properly functioning. To get good quality sleep each night, aim for seven to nine hours of rest. Eat two to three hours before you sleep, turn off all electronic/blue light (computer, phone, tv) two hours before bedtime; read a book instead. Experts recommend setting the room temperature between 15-21°C (60-67°F). Turn off all lights making the room as dark as possible. You'll wake up feeling refreshed.

I challenge you this month to practice one or more of these self-love tips.

What are some of your favorite self-love practices? 

Lots of Love,

Carolyn

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