In the world of 21st Century Living, self-care tools are essential for stepping out of the rat race and conquering stress and role overload, as well as for maintaining optimal levels of mind and body health.
Self-care tools include a wide variety of things, such as, managing stress, processing emotions, exercising the body, and exercising the mind.
Additional things include getting enough sleep, proper nutrition, adequate social interaction, and spiritual practice.
While all of these are vital to our well-being, it is sometimes easiest to begin with simple mind-body tools that do not gouge our pocketbooks or demand a great deal of our time.
If we cannot afford the time or money required, we are unlikely to find a permanent place in our lives for these tools.
Sound & Movement
Sound and movement tools
provide an avenue for physical and emotional release. Popular practices include dancing, singing, vocal toning, and drumming.
Contemplative practices make great self-care tools. These simple mind body practices are designed to quiet the mind and heighten awareness. They often open us up to a larger spiritual experience, expanding the connection we feel with the world around us. They tend to dissolve the boundaries we have created between self and other, and promote inner peace and well-being. Some popular practices include meditation, yoga, walking the labyrinth, centered prayer, and nature-based experiences.
Centering practices are in many ways similar to contemplative practices. Centering activities are designed to quiet the mind and provide us with a sense of grounding in our otherwise hectic, externally-driven life. Centering practices tend to provide us with a stable “home base” to operate from. They tend to promote relaxation and stress-reduction, and provide us with clarity and direction. Some popular practices include journaling, visualization, and chakra toning.
Most relaxation techniques are simple and highly accessible.
Bubble baths, hot tubs, and saunas will do wonders for tense muscles and frazzled nerves! Self-massage is also highly effective and easy to learn
Listening to classical or soft instrumental music also does wonders for relaxing the mind and body.
Progressive relaxation techniques and self-hypnosis are also easy-to-learn "feel good" techniques that can greatly promote relaxation and better sleep.
Another great option for creating a tranquil, relaxing environment is to place affordable fountains in your home, office, or backyard.
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The active use of self-care tools is essential for living your best life. Make sure you don’t over-look these simple, but powerful ways to create positive change!
Start a ritual today to take advantage of these wonderful self-care tools.
Pick your favorite activity and invite it into your life on a daily basis – even 5 minutes first thing in the morning or before bed will be beneficial.
Here are some simple ideas to get you started:
- Dance to your favorite song each morning
- Find a quiet place to meditate or visualize after lunch
- Journal for 5 or 10 minutes each night before bed
- Treat yourself to a bubble bath by candle light once a week
- Start each morning with a few minutes of vocal toning - try it while showering to save time!
- Roll around on the floor before going to bed
- Give yourself a simple massage at least once a day – try a hand, leg, or foot
- Add affordable fountains to your living space.
Self-care tools are by far the most simple and abundant self-improvement tools we have. Best of all, most of them are available to almost everyone at little or no cost!
These simple practices will do wonders for the body and the mind – but only if you take the time to use them!
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