Valentine's Day is just around the corner—the holiday celebrating love.
Thinking about others on this day is the norm with gift giving, cards, chocolates, spa pampering and romantic dinners. This year don't forget to put yourself on that list making it a time to love yourself also. Being in this field I seem to get a lot of people that tell me what they don't like about themselves. I am here not only to help you address those concerns in a more holistic manner but also to make you feel better not only about how you look but how you feel about yourself. We often fall into the trap of saying these horrible, negative words about ourselves. Ask yourself next time, would you say these things to a friend? No you probably wouldn't would you? It's time to start treating yourself like your best friend!!!
These are stressful times for all of us. Some of you might be caring for someone who's not well, or someone you were close to just passed, or you might not be well yourself along with all the other responsibilities that life throws our way. Doing for others is great but if you do for everyone else and not for yourself than you are basically saying everyone else is worth love but yourself. Taking time for yourself is not a luxury, it's a necessity. You've got to fill the well.
Obviously, you can take the time to come to our spa and take advantage of some of our great spa services along with our relaxation room and infrared sauna but here are some tips you can use to incorporate into your everyday life to take care of yourself body, mind and spirit.
You can always find things to be grateful for. Writing or journaling is a great way to start your morning by being grateful for what you have rather than what you don't have. Write five things that you are grateful for every morning when you get up. It gets you in a positive mood and sets the tone for the rest of your day.
Drink water!!! Waking up and drinking a large glass of warm water with lemon is a great way to start your day by flushing out toxins and aids in digestion. Aiding digestion leads to healthier skin and increases your metabolism to help maintain a healthier weight.
I like to bring in some Ayurvedic practices in for self-care that I have found to help me. If you have allergies or are prone to sinus infections or just for overall health and wellbeing I like to use a Neti pot. It's an irrigation system for the nose that's been used for centuries to flush out toxins and keep our sinuses clear. Actually “like” isn't a strong enough word. I love using this. It clears out my nasal passages and I swear that it keeps me from getting sick or the rare times I do, it goes away quickly.
Dry brushing and self massage are a great way to exfoliate and move lymph and eliminate toxins. This Ayurvedic technique is called Abhyanga which promotes flexibility, prevents psychological imbalances by promoting an overall sense of wellbeing and creates healthy, glowing skin. Using the dry brush gently starting with the extremities and always brushing up towards the heart followed by a shower. Do a self massage using oils that you can ingest like olive, refined sesame or coconut 2-3 times a week on the days you don't dry brush.
You knew eventually I'd bring in food right? I am a big advocate for eating a clean diet. What I mean by that is foods from nature, not from a box or can. I have some autoimmune issues myself and when I don't follow this I feel the repercussions very quickly. Eating more vegetables and fruits in the diet is best for all of us. Organic is best but start by just adding in some more of these foods. Some deep breathing prior to eating will get your digestion ready to accept food. We're usually in such a hurry that when you start eating your body has no clue it's time to digest food. Taking the time to eat slowly and savor every bite in a quiet environment is so important for healthy digestion.
Sleep is a major component to leading a healthy lifestyle. Most of us are constantly on because of the electronics (computers, phones and texting) we are always using. It's very hard for us to unplug!! Practicing some deep breathing, gentle stretches, taking a bath and reading a book are some other alternatives to watching TV that will get your body and mind in a relaxed state for bed. Getting in to bed by 10:00 pm is a great way to ensure that your body gets the amount of sleep required to greet the day refreshed, energized and ready for action.
Meditation and Yoga are great for getting the mind-body connection. There is rarely a chance for you to be truly alone with yourself and your thoughts. Carve out some time to sit and breath and think about what you would like to bring in to your day. Is it joy, love, gratitude, peace or compassion? Whatever it is, by putting it into the forefront you will bring that into your day and it will allow you to cope with whatever the day brings. The connection of breath and movement is magical for clearing the mind and making the body strong.
What better way to say you love yourself than following these tips not only for Valentine’s day but every day throughout the year! Incorporate a few of these practices at a time and soon they will turn into a habit that you can't live without. You deserve it!