5 Self Care Tips to Nourish Your Body and Mind in 2021
In this article we look at five self-care tips to nourish your body and mind.
It’s no secret that the world could do with a big dose of kindness right now.
Arguably, being able to show kindness to others (and to the planet we live on) starts with the ability to be kind to ourselves. It all comes back to self-care.
With that in mind, below you’ll find a collection of self care tips and habits to help you cultivate a sense of compassion towards yourself in 2021 and beyond.
Let’s take a look.
1. Recharge With Good Quality Sleep
Sleep is one of the most effective ways to nourish your body from the inside. It's only during sleep that we are able to properly recover and repair from the stressors of everyday life.
Most adults need 7-9 hours of kip per night, but alongside sleep quantity, it's also important to consider quality.
To get the most out of your shut-eye, why not experiment with a relaxing evening routine? A few things to try:
- Having your last meal 2-3 hours before sleep.
- Winding down with relaxing activities like reading, yoga or a hot bath.
- Minimising screen time a few hours before bed.
- Keeping your room, cool, dark and quiet.
- Shifting to an earlier bedtime to give yourself a long enough sleep window.
2. Find Nourishment in Nutrition
Nutrition is by definition a form of self care. The food we eat provides essential nutrients that allow us to grow and repair - nourishing the body and providing comfort for the soul.
While there’s no one-size-fits-all approach, there are a few basic principles that we might benefit from when we’re thinking about nutrition and self care:
- Aim for mostly whole, unrefined foods, but also allow yourself to enjoy the occasional treat. Try not to label foods as inherently ‘good’ or ‘bad’.
- Aim to stay hydrated with plenty of fresh water and water-rich foods (like this delicious green smoothie).
- Endeavour to eat slowly and mindfully when you can, but don't beat yourself up if you have to eat on the run.
- Support your diet with targeted supplements where necessary.
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3. Enjoy a Moment of Quiet
In our fast-paced modern world, it’s increasingly important for us to find a few moments each day to disconnect and enjoy the quiet.
This could be in the form of a journaling session in the morning, some relaxed evening reading, a walk in nature or a simple guided meditation.
The exact activity doesn’t matter that much. The important thing is for you to find something that allows you to slow down, relax and support your mental wellbeing.
4. Make Time for Personal Care
Prioritising personal care can be a big step towards feeling more connected to yourself.
You no doubt spend a lot of time focussing on other people and external events in life - looking after loved ones, working, keeping on top of chores...
Stepping back and turning our attention inwards is a great way to foster a sense of self-love and compassion.
A few habits you could experiment with:
- Start a simple morning and evening skincare routine.
- Use self-massage to connect with your body and relieve any tight spots.
- Encourage lymph flow with dry skin brushing.
- Set time aside for a hot bath in the evening.
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5. Move to Your Own Beat
While rest and relaxation are important when it comes to self care, the human body also thrives in motion. That being said, benefiting from physical activity doesn’t mean you have to adhere to a strict regime.
Your best bet is to find something that truly moves you. That could be Zumba, rope flow, gymnastics, animal movements and beyond.
When you discover an activity you’re passionate about, exercise goes from being a chore to being something that truly nourishes your body, mind and soul. Something you’ll come back to regularly because it’s fun and makes you feel great!
With any of these self care tips, remember that it's not about perfection. You don't have to maintain the perfect morning routine, the flawless diet plan or the itemised to-do list to be healthy.
In fact, sometimes the most caring thing you can do is to give yourself permission to be imperfect.
To let go of the idea that you need to get everything right 100% of the time, and instead just do your best with what you have.