There has been a lot of talk about self-care lately. As our lives get busier, prioritizing self-care becomes increasingly important. I'm finding this very important for myself lately and I have a post coming soon, sharing some of my recent personal struggles. Many of us think of self-care as practicing yoga, a day at the spa or even spending quality time with friends. While these are all great ways to relax, there is much more to it!
The concept of self-care is about empowering individuals, families and communities to practice healthy habits, prevent disease and cope with illness or disability to achieve optimum health. Taking better care of ourselves by utilizing the products available to us not only helps Canadians lead healthier lives, it also alleviates strain on our healthcare system! Making a commitment to practice self-care has so many benefits.
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Here are a few ways I practice self-care:
I love bath bombs, bubble bath, and other fancy bath products. I also love hot water, so a quiet, luxurious bath is self-care at its finest for me! Sometimes bath products are a bit of a splurge, so I put them on my wish lists for birthdays and other special occasions and then save them for those moments when I really need to de-stress, relax, and recharge.
You may see this as "woo-woo" or kind of "out there", but I just recently started experimenting with meditation. I had heard about it & tried it once before and felt like it was too weird and I just couldn't get into it. Just recently I heard someone else talk about it, and I realized that it can be pretty simple- just a matter of spending a little time with your eyes shut, focusing on your breathing (you don't have to do any fancy kind of breathing or sit any specific way), and reminding yourself to focus on breathing each time you catch yourself thinking about something else. I kinda like it, and if I ever find myself feeling stressed or anxious as I start my day, a 5 or 10 minute meditation can change that! If you're interested in starting, and want something to teach you about it, I found a free app called Headspace.
Some forms of self-care involve prevention, so that's why I'm putting Coppertone on the list. After one bad burn this summer, and suffering through the week after that burn with its pain, blisters, itchiness, and peeling, I am not going to make that mistake again! I'm also not going to put off applying a 2nd coat of sunscreen after time passes "just in case maybe I'll get a tan this time"- not worth it!
De-Clutter A Space
In January I committed to spending some time de-cluttering every day for 31 days. This was nothing compared to the forced purge that came in March after the smoke damage in our home! After all of that I can say, with even more certainty than before, that having a clutter-free space really contributes to a clutter-free and calm mind! Taking the time to de-clutter your bedroom, your workspace, or any other area that's stressing you out, is a great way to take care of yourself!
It’s time to take your health into your own hands!
In support of International Self-Care Day on July 24th, I challenge you to share your self-care practices with me! Use the hashtag #SelfCareDay and tag me @raisingmemories on Instagram or Twitter! To help get you started, Bayer has created a self-care calendar with one tip for each day of the month!
In celebration of Self-Care Day, Bayer is running a Buy 3 for $10 promotion through Amazon.ca on most of their brands. Click this link to check them out!
GIVEAWAY (10 Winners!!)
I will also be giving away ten $15 Amazon gift cards so you can purchase your favourite self-care products!
To enter, all you have to do is share how you practice self-care on social media, tag @raisingmemories and use the hashtag #SelfCareDay for your chance to win!
So, how do you practice self-care?
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