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Self care is one of the most important things you can remember to do for yourself. I’m not talking holistic BS, for those of you who may see the word ‘yoga’ and cringe - it really does help! And I hope sharing with all of you my experiences with self care, that you’ll have the strength to try things out for yourself!
Now, I meditate always once a day - or more accurately, once per night. Both binaural beats and meditation go hand in hand, and work well to relax your mind for sleep after a busy day. You’d be surprised how helpful breathing exercises and thoughts can be.
Try this: before you go to bed next, put on a meditation (there are hundreds of options on YouTube as well as in the App Store) and close your eyes. Both guided meditation and music meditation are acceptable. Relax your body, and focus on your breathing in either case, and let he sounds soothe you to rest.
Also try: conscious breathing meditations. Before or after a stressful encounter or situation, sit down from 2-5 minutes and focus on nothing but breathing deeply, and evenly. You may keep your eyes open or closed for the duration of the exercise, and keep your body itself still. I often take this time to let go of whatever causes me to have gotten worked up, and ideally, to accept it. This way, moving past the problem to a solution or a soothing of nerves is more possible.
I’ve already talked about yoga to some extent before this post, and I’ll keep talking about it! Yoga is an all in one workout for your mind, body, and soul. You can find more about yoga from my friend @Themilennialbliss, or from my posts about it previously. However, I’ll share what I haven’t before, as well as taking this opportunity to highlight some points!
Yoga is both exercise and meditation wrapped up into one session. This means, you can add in things from both sides of the self care spectrum. Try upping your game with a more intensive yoga workout if you require more physical aid to your body, or adding a pair of headphones to practice your yoga to a guided meditation session, enhancing spiritual growth.
Even if you choose to practice your yoga regularly, the benefit to the self care trinity (mind, body, soul) is guaranteed. Try taking some time out of a busy week, no more than thirty minutes if you’re on a tight schedule, to let the yogi you work out your muscles and subconscious as you stretch, meditate, and get to know your full self.
I will say that ever since I started doing yoga on a regular basis, it’s kept me relaxed and centered at all times. I look forward to my scheduled sessions with the knowledge that whatever I’ve been going through before I stepped into the studio will be left at the door, and usually disappears entirely by the time I step back out. If you’re someone with anxiety like me, you especially will feel the relief from the worry and stress you feel on a day to day basis!
Ahhh yes, the big E, and most appropriately - the elephant in the room. Exercise has always been the make it or break it of self care. If yoga isn’t for you, then you’ll have to aid your self care routine with the help of a jog or two.
I may have used to share a strong hate for the usual exercise choices such as running or biking or walking for calorie subtractions. Well, what I suggest for those having trouble starting out or staying motivated is to drop your written goals, ignore the scales, and Stop freaking out about what you eat! It’s simple - run when you can. Swim when you can. Hike when you can - and bike when you can. This is all up to you after all! Don’t put yourself on a schedule of the very thought makes you dread it. If you focus on the other forms of self care above, you’ll slowly find yourself in the mood to make that difficult decision to go for a jog far more often.
That's all for today, lovelies! Comment what you want to see more of, and have an awesome week!
18, Freshman Finance major at Howard University in Washington DC. Can't wait to go to Law school though!