Self Care for the New Year!
Now that January is here and the holidays are behind us it is important to remember to have self care at the top of your daily list. Here are a few simple ways to incorporate self care, quickly, into your day.
Be sure to remember to affirm what you need and want each day and be thankful for the abundance in life.
Do not short change your sleep time--you cannot make it up. If you go to bed 2 hours late tonight you can't make it up tomorrow night. Our sleep bank does not work that way. You can try a few natural methods to help with sleep apnea, insomnia, etc by trying an herbal solution, Lobelia, and other essential oils (like a Detox bath of 2C Epsom salts, 1C baking soda, 10 drops essential oils) to relax and have a more restful sleep. Try meditating for 5 minutes before bed to calm the brain and nervous system. Acupuncture is also helpful for pain that may be disrupting your sleep.
Since the tongue is the start of the digestive tract try gentle scraping in the morning to reduce toxins that build up at night. Use a metal tongue scraper before brushing teeth and prior to eating or drinking. This is important as our gut houses our immune system and anything we can do to support out gut health is a bonus.
Be sure to drink plenty of water or healthy fluids. The rule of thumb is to drink 50% of your body weight in HEALTHY fluids to stay hydrated. Our bodies are 70% water, just like the earth, so good hydration is key for cellular health. Sipping warm water throughout the day is also a good way to hydrate. Remember: we hydrate today for tomorrow.
Self massage can be very soothing to our bodies. We live in these bodies and must take care of them ourselves. It is easy to start a self massage routine at bedtime. Whatever we put on our skin is absorbed directly into the bloodstream so be sure to use organic essential oils like sesame oil, sunflower oil, or avocado oil. You can easily massage these oils into your feet which can be relaxing for the entire body due to reflexology in the foot relating to other parts of the body.
We release toxins through out skin, which is our largest organ of elimination. Dry brushing can help speed up cell turnover and recovery by brushing off dead cells. Before bathing use a dry brush to detoxify and improve lymph function. Use long brush strokes on the limbs moving toward your heart. Spend a little extra time over the lymph node areas like the armpits, neck, groin and back of the knees.
You own this body so take good care of it!