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Self-Care: 15 Ways To Take Better Care of Yourself

Self-Care is Vital

Self-care is more than “treating yourself.” It is showing yourself some love and recognizing that you need to take care of YOURSELF. According to Life Hacker, Self-care helps prevent burnout, reduces negative psychological and physical effects of stress and helps you refocus on what is true and important.

Are you feeling overwhelmed at work or stressed about the overdue tasks piling up at home? Well, that may be a sign that it is time for you to indulge in a big dose of self-care. Self-care is not a buzzword or a movement, it is vital to your mental and physical well-being.

Definition of Self-Care

Self-care is defined as,” the practice of taking action to preserve one’s own health or the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.” (Source: Dictionary.com)

BENEFITS of practicing self-care

  • Reduces negative effects of stress
  • Better productivity
  • Enhances self-esteem
  • Better physical health
  • Improves quality of life
  • Improves resistance to disease
  • Helps you refocus

While there are many benefits to self-care, it is one of the first things to be overlooked or “put on the back-burner” when life becomes busy. There is a long comprehensive list of self-care ideas, but many of those ideas are tips that only take a few minutes.

SELF-CARE IDEAS

Here are just a few self-care ideas for you to incorporate into your busy life:

  1. Spend time outdoors
  2. Do mindfulness breathing exercises
  3. Listen to music that makes you smile
  4. Do journal writing or make a gratitude list
  5. Sip on hot herbal tea
  6. Watch funny animal videos
  7. Disconnect from social media for the day
  8. Do a crossword puzzle or mindless coloring
  9. Read the bible or positive affirmations
  10. Take a hot bubble bath

There may not be a lot of time, but MAKE TIME. It doesn’t have to cost money to take a few moments out to show yourself some love or to give yourself a mental health break. The goal is to exercise self-care before you reach the level of BURNOUT, if possible.

It is so important to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself. There are times when we are so busy caring for the needs of others, that we find ourselves depleted. The fact is, if you gives others EVERYTHING you have, and then you have nothing left to give yourself or anyone else. Be kind to yourself.

TAKE ACTION

Don’t wait until the perfect time on the perfect day. Get started right away. Which self-care ideas are you going to put into action right away?


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Product Review: DG Natural Essentials

What’s the story behind DG Natural Essentials?

According to their website, “…DG Natural Essentials Corporations – A family owned business. [They] were previously known as Daisy’s Girls. DG Natural Essentials is a tribute to [their] mother “Daisy Lee Jennings”. She was a phenomenal woman, the essence of the virtuous woman – the vision of natural beauty…”

My Product Review

I was blessed with three products (Virtuous Body Butter, Let’s Get Crackin’ Foot Cream, and Baby Fresh Lotion Bar) from one of the DG Natural Essential co-founders, Portia Green.

I was excited when I first learned that their products were natural with ingredients like, cocoa butter, soy bean oil, essential oils, etc. It took me about a week to try the products. The results have been positive.

At times, my skin can be a bit sensitive, so I proceeded with caution.

The foot cream and body butter have a nice light fragrance with just enough thick texture.

The body butter, like the foot cream, is Rich and creamy with light essential oil fragrances like peppermint, sweet orange, and more.

The lotion bar is not as thick and has more oil. So, if you struggle with the occasional ‘ashy ankles syndrome’, like I do, then try the lotion bar.

Sponsored Post?

This is not a sponsored paid blog post. I was blessed with these amazing natural products, so I NATURALLY had to write a product review of my wonderful experience with DG Natural Essentials.

Thank you DG Natural Essentials for blessing the world with your amazing products.

(Product photo courtesy of http://www.dgnatural.com)

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Get To Steppin’

When you are experiencing rough patches in life and you find yourself feeling ‘SOME TYPE OF WAY’, maybe you just need to go outside for a walk; a prayer walk. There is natural beauty that surrounds us that we often overlook. When is the last time you stopped to smell the roses?

prayer walk is an activity that consists of walking and praying at the same time. It’s done not for the physical benefit but for the spiritual exercise, either publicly functioning also as a demonstration or rally (to let other people know the group is praying), or quietly in sight of the subject. For instance, a person or group may be praying for a town or city, and walk the streets of the city while praying, either out loud, or in silence.

Earlier this week, I was at work feeling a bit BLAH. Nothing major was going on, but I could tell that I needed to shift my perspective with the few things on my mind. Like I said in a previous post, I just wasn’t feeling it; I needed some motivation. Sunshine and a 30-minute walk was all the motivation I needed. So, I put on my super cute teal Adidas tennis shoes and GOT TO STEPPIN’. Too bad I “misplaced” my FitBit because I could have tracked my steps.

Can’t you just hear the sounds from the waterfall? Location: State Capitol’s Rose Garden
(Sacramento, CA)
Such a beautiful day to sit and
BREATHE in the fresh air

I walked out the building thinking I would just walk around the block a few times, but once I got outside those doors, I started talking to my heavenly father. I started praying to thank God for the ability to walk and see the natural beauty around me. Yes, I talked to Him about the things on my mind, but then I got right back to thanking Him and praising Him for HIS grace and mercy. Anyway, my fingers are starting to type fast thinking about all I said to my Lord and Savior.

Anyway, back to my walk. The California State Capitol is located a few blocks from where I work. If I am walking with someone, I will walk around the capitol and back to work. Since I was by myself and praying, I decided to stop and SMELL THE ROSES — literally. When I was finished praying, I had to take pictures to share. Yes, I took this phone on my Samsung Galaxy. Shoutout to Android users. No disrespect to iPhone users, but I had to give my fellow Androiders some love.

Take time to smell the roses

Have you ever been to the California State Capitol and walked through the Rose Garden located on 15th and Capitol? It’s so beautiful and a wonderful place to create happy memories. People have gotten married, engaged, taken engagement and graduation photos at this beautiful location.

Psychologists studying how exercise relieves anxiety and depression suggest that a 10-minute walk may be just as good as a 45-minute workout.

A bench is located in the center of the Rose Garden

I enjoyed 10 minutes to just breathe and enjoy the sun shining on my face as I sat on a bench by the roses.

Would you do yourself a favor by doing prayer walks, especially instead of allowing stress to consume you? I am talking to myself as well. Get to steppin’.

On the walk back to work, I decided to be intentional about getting out for fresh air and a prayer walk. Do you go for prayer walks? What do you do to help improve your mood or relieve stress?

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