What Is Your All-Time-Favorite Self-Care Tip?
There are a multitude of ways to practice self-care, and we should all have self-care as a central part of our wellness routines. When we give to ourselves, we can better give to others as well. So, we wanted to come right to the source—our Chuze Family—for your favorite self-care tips.
1 | Prioritize Working Out
When we feel low, getting out and getting active might seem like the least important thing on our to-do list. But, prioritizing exercise is one of the best self-care tips for mental health. In this article by the Mayo Clinic, they discuss how exercise releases feel-good endorphins into your body, introduces a positive way to cope with stressors, brings about more confidence, and can help you take your mind off of the things bogging you down. And, you guys agree! Working out was the number one answer we got when we asked you your favorite self-care strategies.
2 | Enjoy A Massage
With HydroMassage at all of our locations, we love seeing this easy self-care tip make the top of your list! Amongst HydroMassage’s many benefits is that it can help you relax, reducing anxiety and stress—don’t we all need a little bit of that?
3 | Grab A Book And Read
Books are magical. They can take us out of reality and into a whole different universe. It’s no wonder reading is one of your favorite self-care tips. Beyond the benefits of giving you time to focus on something you love, reading strengthens vocabulary, can help you fall asleep, helps with analytical skills, and can even build your writing skills. A win, win, win.
4 | Take Time To Meditate
When we meditate, we allow ourselves to focus inward. By tapping into how you feel physically and mentally, you are equipping yourself with the knowledge to move forward with self-care for the day. Meditating can help to reduce stress, increase focus, increase self-awareness, and help you sleep better.
5 | Add Yoga To Your Routine
Ahhhh, yoga—how we love this form of exercise and self-care. Yoga can be a great low-impact exercise, and simultaneously help you to relax. We put together the most relaxing yoga poses for you to try here. Feel your cares melt away as you stretch out all of the tension in your body and work on enhancing balance and strength. One of you even told us taking a nice bath after yoga is your idea of self-care, and we think that’s brilliant! Two self-care practices in a row is a great way to make sure you feel amazing.
6 | Get Ready For The Day
We love this tip. Getting ready for the day by doing your hair and makeup, or putting on nice clothes (Sorry, sweats. We still love you.) can set you up for success. If it makes you feel more confident, focused, and better overall. Getting ready might be a perfect addition to your self-care recipe.
7 | Take A Nap
Listen, there are many ways you can practice self-care through doing, but this one is through—well—not doing. You voted that napping was one of your self-care tips. We can get into the habit of always being on the go working, working out, traveling, being with friends, being with family, that relaxing can fall by the wayside. Naps are a great way to give yourself an extra break and truly let your brain and body rest. According to the Sleep Foundation, napping can even help you become more alert. The important thing to note is to listen to your body. If you need a nap, give yourself 20-30 minutes to sleep and rest. If you are wide awake and want to practice self-care, consider another self-care option.
8 | Go For a Run or Hike
Enjoying the great outdoors while getting in an exercise can help you release those wonderful endorphins while also giving you an immense appreciation for your surroundings. We are lucky to be based in beautiful Southern California where the mountains and beaches are within arms reach for a run, hike, or bike. But, no matter where you are, you can enjoy your community and get a workout in at the same time.
9 | Keeping A Positive Outlook
We all know a bubbly person who always seems to be happy and positive about everything. It might seem like their lives are perfect, without a struggle. But, the truth is, all of us are going through something. Research from Johns Hopkins Medicine determined that people with a positive outlook were 13% less likely to have coronary events (like a heart attack). They advise that you can work on building a positive outlook by intentionally smiling more, reframing negative situations into positive ones, and building your adaptability.
We love hearing all of your tips for self-care. Follow along as we celebrate Self-Care September on social media, in our clubs, and on iChuze Fitness. To see how we are celebrating, check out this article. We can’t wait to practice self-care with you.