10 self-care practices for everyday health
We’re talking about health in The Boho Loft this month, and more precisely, holistic health and the different aspects that matter...
We’re talking about health in The Boho Loft this month, and more precisely, holistic health and the different aspects that matter to our mental, emotional, physical, environmental, and spiritual wellbeing.
When talking about health in this holistic way, it’s really important to address self-love and self-care, too.
If you don’t love yourself enough to take good care of yourself, all the aspects of health that you can consider won’t make that much of a difference. Because, in the end, knowing is great, but it’s doing that really matters. And in the case of your health, despite what traditional medicine makes us believe, you’re the one in charge.
Self-love, in and of itself, is a powerful healing force. I like to think of my health – mind, body, and soul – as a puzzle made up so many different little pieces. And self-love is the beautiful glue that makes all the pieces stick together really well.
Loving yourself is not just taking a hot bath or getting a massage. Or making sure your body is well-fed, that you get enough movement, or that you’ve had enough sleep. Loving yourself is also putting yourself first, listening to your needs first, and making the right decisions for yourself… even when they’re hard to make. Like when you decide to end a friendship because it does you more harm than good, or when you choose another path in life because you’re not happy staying on the one you’ve been on.
So, here are 10 practices that can help you to have a self-caring and self-loving health practice towards yourself:
1. Set a lovable intention each morning, remembering that you are enough, just as you are. This will help increase your self-esteem and self-confidence, which in turn is beneficial to your health.
2. Feel free to say no when things are draining you mentally rather than uplifting you, and to set boundaries for yourself. Through her research, Brené Brown, author of The Gifts of Imperfection and a vulnerability expert, found that people who are happiest are the most vulnerable. And that people who are the most vulnerable have the most boundaries in their lives. Having boundaries means knowing what is good for you, what will serve you, what relationships to venture into, and when to say no.
3. Protect your energy, and check in often to see how you feel. When your energy is depleted, return to yourself and nurture you.
4. Listen to your body, and look for the underlying feelings that could cause the aches. Our bodies are beautiful tools we can use to find out what emotions are lingering and won’t let go. Use your symptoms to dig deeper and see if anything unresolved needs to be addressed.
5. Ask for help, and connect with others. As humans, we’re wired for that. And living a solitary life, and going at it all alone all the time, is not beneficial to your wellbeing or your health.
6. Think about nutrition. We are what we eat. What you put into your body influences not only your physical wellbeing, but also your mental and emotional state. Consider going plant-based mostly, or raw maybe. Think about moderating the amount of caffeine and alcohol that you consume, and limit the sugars and processed foods that you eat.
7. Make sure to get enough sleep. According to Arianna Huffington, who made it her mission to get the world to sleep more, if you want to succeed in your life and your career or business, guess what? You need more sleep! She even believes that a sleep revolution could help us to fix the world’s problems more effectively. I’m tempted to believe her. But what I know for sure is that getting enough sleep will be beneficial for your health, and will make you happier, too!
8. Give to yourself first, because only when you’re at your best can you truly care for and give to others.
9. Meditate or engage in another spiritual practice. Feeling connected to something greater than yourself helps you to find meaning and purpose in life. And having purpose and meaning in life helps you to feel good about yourself, and to engage in the world with a positive and optimistic outlook. This, in turn, helps your health: the more optimistic you are, research shows, the healthier you are.
10. And finally, be yourself. There is not a more self-loving and self-caring thing to do, than to be true to yourself. The more you are aligned with who you are, and what you stand for, the less stress and anxiety you will have. I speak from experience.
Being able to express yourself fully to the people around you, and being able to engage in activities that matter to you and that feel right, is an amazing way to stay healthy. And I encourage you to do so.
And below, let me know what your everyday self-care practices are – I’d love to know.
Hi, I’m Murielle. I created the online course Soulful Productivity™, a 6-week program to redefine productivity and help you get from overwhelm to flow, and I have a private coaching practice where I help ambitious, multi-passionate creatives and entrepreneurs start, grow & scale businesses, and create their freedom lifestyle. PS: I love Instagram. Let’s connect!