One of my goals this year is to implement better self-care. 2019 is all about renewal, so one of the ways I am doing this is through committing to taking time for myself and treating myself to a couple hours at a spa, enjoying the steam room, sauna, hot tub, and a massage every couple of months. Along with this, I am incorporating self-massage at home with ANSHI Transdermal Rubs in between and stretching for 5-10 minutes most days of the week. It's amazing that these simple practices can help avoid pain, injuries, relieve tension, stress, and anxiety.
Here is a simple example of self-care and self-massage when a specific area of the body is acting up. In this case, a quick 5-minute self-massage of a swollen knee with ANSHI Total Healing Turmeric can go a long way to provide quick, lasting relief.
Once I was in college I found a deeper appreciation for massages and their overall health benefits. One of my elective class options was Introduction to Massage, and over the semester I learned various massage techniques. Also, I got to enjoy my class partner practicing on me! After graduating and starting my life in hospitality management, I worked at a hotel spa and fitness center. While working there, I developed an even greater understanding of self-care through massage therapy. Many days I started work at 4:30 am so we would be open for those dedicated to exercising before their workday began. (Waking up early and exercising before starting my day is something I am also planning to create the habit of this year!)
It is pretty incredible how treating ourselves to a physically pleasurable experience also has so many benefits to our health! Some of the benefits massages can help us with are: relieving tension, reducing stress and anxiety, increasing circulation, improving sleep, and promoting relaxation throughout the entire body. It is so easy to put ourselves last when we have so much going on in our lives, however, it truly is so important to take care of yourselves and listen to our bodies when we need more rest or self-care to prevent getting burnt out or sick.
This year instead of overwhelming myself trying to do it all, I am starting small. For now, these one or two things like self-massage and stretching is perfect for me to implement. When I am called to do something else too, like a guided meditation, journal or go for a walk, then I will. I'm learning I do not need to do it all, and to flow with what feels good for me! I recently heard the phrase on a podcast with Ashley Wood - "Let Go and Flow", which I absolutely love. That is the space I thrive from personally, so it is a great reminder for me! We are all different, and all have our own ways of taking care of ourselves. So, what are some ways you practice self-care?