Last week we explored a few self-care strategies, including drinking lemon water, dry brushing and oil pulling. This week we’ll dive deeper into the topic and explore additional ways we can support our health and wellness goals. As was mentioned last week, it’s important to implement these strategies one at time, to ensure lasting success. Here is a continuation of our discussion. Enjoy!

4. Eye palming: If you sit at a computer screen for the majority of the day (or use a cell phone or tablet) it’s likely that your eyes are sometimes tired and relaxed. This method is great for resetting the eyes, which can help to reduce sympathetic nervous system overload. It’s also great for headache or migraine sufferers, or can be used simply to relax. Start by sitting or lying in a comfortable position. Place both palms over the eyelids, and close the eyes. You’ll likely see floating images or light. Wiggly lines and spots are the most common. Keep your palms over your eyes until everything is pitch black. This process shouldn’t be rushed. When you finally get there, open your eyes and walk around a bit. You should feel instantly refreshed!

5. Deep breathing: Many of us have busy, stressful lives, and, as a result, we are often taking shallow breaths in our chests. When we breathe deep into our bellies, our diaphragms have the opportunity to stretch and expand as they’re meant to. Deep breathing is not only great for detoxification and relaxation; it is the easiest, most effective way to reduce stress and anxiety. When we’re relaxed, our systems can operate smoothly and efficiently. Deep breathing can be incorporated at any time throughout the day. Whether you’re sitting at your desk or in the car, taking a few moments to practice deep breathing can yield huge results. A simple way to begin practicing this technique is to put one hand over the belly and inhale for a 2-count while feeling the belly rise, then exhaling for a 4-count or longer while feeling the belly fall.  Feel calmer and more relaxed in seconds. Your body and mind will thank you!

6. Sleep: This one is a no-brainer, but should be reiterated. Without proper sleep, our bodies are unable to rest and repair like they need to. Lack of sleep is also a major cause for weight gain. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night, and try to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. If you are unable to get enough sleep on a regular basis, try for a power nap midday. 20 minutes of restful sleep is enough to re energize you and keep you going till you can rest for good at the end of your day.

When self-care becomes a priority, we are better able manage daily stress. Choose a new technique to try out this week, and notice the benefits begin to spill into other arenas of your life. Happy pampering!

“When you’re at your best, you do your best!” –Kris Carr