Taking care of yourself may make you think that it requires a lot of money or excessive planning. Self-care matters and it won’t cost you a lot of money nor will it require a ton of pre-planning. Getting in the simplest of daily activities qualifies. Getting a hike or a simple stroll in will workwonders on your outlook on Life. Don’t believe me? Give it a try for a minimum of 30 days.
Taking a walk helps to boost your immune system. No time is better than the Fall and impending winter to get active and get outside. The fresh air and sunlight are also a huge contribution to a healthy immune system. Forest bathing or walking in deep wooded areas has been studied by scientist for its benefits. Scientists found that phytoncides are an emitted chemical from plants in defense. These chemicals happen to be very beneficial to human healing and function when inhaled. Bring a friend with you.
Help a friend find self-care activities all while keeping you accountable as well. Your friend will need
you to keep him/her accountable as well. It’s a win win situation.
Ironically, light to moderate exercise increases your energy levels. Exercise creates fuel for the body and boosts oxygen levels, especially outside. It has also been proven to increases mental alertness too. Exercise gets my endorphins going and I crave some type of physical activity every day. I love to take my pup for a walk with my husband, daily. Those feel-good chemicals of endorphins help to reduce any aches and pains and improve my mood.
Getting out into nature may help you to meet new people. Walking through your town may allow you time to stop and chat with a local in the town. Getting to know your fellow neighbors and simply just have positive conversation with others has been proven to boost health and quality of life.
Meditation is also a form of self-care as well as a great way to change your outlook on life. Sitting
with your thoughts and allowing them to process permits your body and mind to just be. It is getting increasingly harder for us adults to slow down and even stop. Allocating time to ourselves and diving into meditation helps us to visualize a beautiful life, think more positively, and manifest. A walking mediation is also a beautiful way to meditate. Not everyone can meditate sitting in lotus pose. Go for a walk in nature and allow your mind to relax and unwind as there are fewer distractions than at home. Feel nurtured not rushed.
Getting out in nature and meditation has significantly improved my sleep as well as changed my life. Practicing good self-care hygiene will has significant positive impacts on your life as well. Why wait.
In health and Wellness, Allison
N.D., D.Psc, CRMT
Owner of the Coastal Cottage
64 Bridge Avenue Bay Head, NJ 08742