5 Tips to Improve Self-Care in 2023Leave Comment
Self-care as an idea is easy to love. But as a practice, it can be challenging to maintain! Luckily, the year is fresh and full of possibilities, including improving your self-care habits in 2023. And don’t worry about getting self-care “right”! Trying new things is half the fun.
It can help to view self-care as an enjoyable habit that creates balance and harmony instead of one more routine you need to master. Keep it easy, keep it simple, keep it enjoyable – you’ve got this!
1. Wake Up With Your Alarm
This might seem like an odd candidate for self-care. But there’s a hidden benefit here that many people don’t consider. By rising with your alarm, you’re starting the day by keeping a promise to yourself. Whether conscious of it or not, this sends a powerful message that gets internalized and accompanies you throughout your day.
The message is meaningful and profound: When I make an agreement with myself, I uphold my end of the bargain. Put another way: I am a person of my word. As you can imagine, starting the day by keeping a promise to yourself is the very definition of “getting off on the right foot.”
2. Take a BathThis one might sound overly simple, but it’s full of scientifically-backed support. Most people know that baths are soothing and serene, but did you also know that taking a bath can help:
- Elevate your mood
- Promote high-quality sleep
- Regulate your blood pressure
- Ease cold and flu symptoms
- Soothe irritated skin
- Relieve pesky muscle aches and pains
Meditation looks different to different people. For some, it might mean sitting in silence. Other people like to reflect on something they’ve read, whether it’s an idea, quote, or a single word. Meditation is sometimes considered interchangeable with prayer, where silence is not just silence but listening.
However you view meditation, it should be simple and refreshing. There are no rules except to be alone, quiet, and free from distractions. You might want to focus on gratitude, hone in on the sounds of birds chirping outside, or simply take inventory of how your body feels. Deep breathing meditation can help lower your blood pressure and regulate your emotions.
4. Use Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is lovely because it can be combined with other self-care practices like morning meditation or an evening bath. If you’re unfamiliar with aromatherapy, it simply involves using a diffuser to dispense essential oils into the air.
Benefits of aromatherapy can include:
- Eased stress and anxiety
- Improved sleep quality
- Boosted relaxation and improved mood
- A generally improved sense of well-being
5. Have a Tea Party
If you love your “cup of Joe,” you’re not alone. But experimenting with what’s in your favorite mug can also constitute self-care! While coffee has some benefits of its own, it also increases stress hormones like cortisol, which can agitate an already-stressed body.
Herbal tea has quite a few self-care “superpowers” worth considering:
- May help reduce inflammation
- Can contribute to stress alleviation
- Is believed to offer immune system support
- Qualifies as part of a healthy eating plan
- Has been shown to help reduce menstrual pain