Self Care

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Picture taken on a hike in Sedona, AZ

 

Feeling overwhelmed and stressed? What are you doing to take care of yourself when life gets a little wacky?

Here’s a few self-care tips to get you back to feeling sane:

1. Get 6-9 hours of sleep a night. The ideal amount of time is different for each person.  Hit the  off button on electronics an hour before bedtime.

2. Exercise. Whether you find it easy or hard to motivate yourself to exercise, getting those endorphins pumping will make you feel awesome when you’re done. Depending on what you enjoy, I recommend 1 hour of high intensity exercise/day-cardio (walking/running/biking), HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), yoga, barre, strength-training, etc.

3. Eat a balanced diet of real food.  This means food that comes from the ground and from animals. Throw all of those diet processed food products in the garbage.  My rule of thumb is if I don’t know what the ingredient is on the list, I don’t recommend buying it. Shop at farmer’s markets and around the perimeter of grocery stores for most of your meals. Your body will thank you.

4. Socialization/support network. Connect with a positive network of family, friends, or a faith-group. Call someone. Ask them to meet for coffee. Or dinner. Or to just visit. We need contact with other human beings.

5. Relaxation.  Meditation, massage, acupuncture, yoga, guided imagery, biofeedback, aromatherapy, and/or a warm bath. Whatever you need to chill out and relax. I’ve been known to stop a cold in its tracks with a shiatsu massage followed by an epsom salt/eculyptus bath.

6. Supplements. Our hours of sunlight are diminishing as winter approaches. It’s important to have your Vitamin D levels checked.  If they are low, add a Vitamin D supplement.  I also recommend a good Multivitamin Fish Oil and a Calcium/Magnesium blend.  Probiotics and digestive enzymes can also help improve gut health.

7. Set goals. Life is a gift to us and goals help lead us forward. Want to take up a new hobby? Learn a new language? Travel to a new country? Carpe Diem.  Start planning now.

Of course there will be times of sadness and agony in our lives. And if you have these tools, coping with those down times can be bearable.

Make healthy choices for yourself.  Your body and mind will thank you.

Kara

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