13 Self-Care Practices to Explore

Journaling Gratitude Journaling is a simple practice known to produce calming results.
  • Acupuncture/Acupressure (Get recommendations from your network.)

  • Cleanses/Detoxes (Note: requires research, preparation and careful return to normal diet. Consider your lifestyle, physical demands and health restrictions with the help of a wellness practitioner.)

  • Cupping or Gua sha - Are often also handled by acupuncturists. Treats deep rooted tension and releases toxins. (Warning: causes temporary bruising and marks.)

  • Daily Affirmations (Read at the top of the morning and at difficult points of the day.)

  • Guided Meditation (Audio Streaming/Downloads)

  • Gratitude Journaling (Maintaining a running list of things for which you are thankful, big and small!)

  • Journaling (releasing thoughts, feelings through writing)

  • Mindful Breathing Exercises (try 4:7:8 - inhale through nose 4 counts, hold breath 7 counts, exhale through mouth for 8 counts)

  • Restorative Yoga (Many studios offer a trial class or membership.)

  • Self-Massage (An Ayurvedic technique called \'Abyhanga\' of massaging the entire body with warm organic oil--sesame, sweet almond or olive--while thinking nurturing thoughts.)

  • Sensory Deprivation or R.E.S.T. - Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy, better known as Float Tanks

  • Steaming (Steam room or hot steam shower using essential oils/essential oil spray such as eucalyptus & lavender. Great for skin and nasal care.)

  • Visualization (Create positive mental imagery of having/doing what you want for at least 5 minutes. Most effective when done daily.)

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