Keep It Simple Series #1 – Self-Nurture : Quick & Simple self-nurturing tips whilst dealing with stress
Are you stressed, busy, anxious or overwhelmed? Or is worry (unfortunately) your ‘thing’?
Does your job have you so tense that your neck, back or shoulders are rigid and stiff from the way you’ve been holding yourself? Or are you suffering from headaches or breakouts?
Perhaps your constantly running around after small children with little or no reprieve?
If so, chances are you’re not taking the time to self-care and for nurturing yourself.
I know, I know, everyone is talking about self-nurture. But you really need to put YOU at the top of your list so that you can cope with the demands and pace of modern life. Only then can you have the energy and love to give your best self to others.
When you are constantly stressed it can mean that the body is running on adrenaline which means you might be suffering from adrenal fatigue. This is what has been happening to me recently, and to so many other women I have been speaking with.
Self-nurture doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive.
I like to keep things simple :
This is the first of a 5-part Keep It Simple Series, I am going to be writing about topics that uplift, inspire and support you in your ‘inner-game ‘. Always keeping it simple and to 3 succinct points.
Are you getting enough sleep? I am really working on this one myself. Do you wake up feeling tired and groggy? Proper rest gives the body time to replenish itself. I read recently that according to the NHS, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, infections and obesity are linked to lack of sleep.
- Go to bed at a decent time. Try half an hour earlier. Break this down if its difficult, try 15 minutes earlier the first night and then gradually increase.
- Take a nap if you can (chance will be a fine thing I hear you say!)
- Reading a few pages from a book can help you doze off into a natural slumber.
- Try a cup of chamomile tea before bed
- Switch the TV off earlier
2. Be Your Own Best Friend
- Talk to yourself kindly – I sometimes say stuff like “I’m so stupid” – and then I catch myself. Maybe you do this too. Of course, we would never say things like that to a friend – so lets not do it to ourselves.
- Meditate or prey – this calms the mind and creates space.
- Have a “I can do it” attitude and defy limiting beliefs. Contact me for a free copy of my limiting belief buster.
- Be creative – draw or colour-in – try adult colouring books – great fun!
- Journal – its helps clear your mind of worry and its a great way to listen to your intuitive self.
- Keep a heart-list – I’ve written about a heart-list here:
- Treat yourself often – maybe once a week – whatever works for you. Could be anything from :
- buy yourself fresh flowers once a week (I do this one – gives me so much pleasure when I see them!)
- attend a weekly yoga or Pilates class.
- Treat yourself to a professional massage
- Have a mani-pedi
- Go to a Spa or simply create your own home spa experience
- Make an appointment at the hairdressers
- if your a mum, or looking after elderly parents – arrange to get cover regularly – and take yourself off to the pictures or out for a coffee or for a 20 minute walk.
3. Alternative Help
Obviously, this series is all about keeping it simple, and sometimes outside help can be expensive – but when you factor in the cost to your health and wellbeing of staying in a constant state of stress long-term – well, it doesn’t bear thinking about. I would suggest getting some outside help as soon as possible rather than trying to deal with it all yourself.
Acupuncture – I have only recently found out just how wonderful acupuncture is for stress and it’s particularly helpful for overworked adrenals.
Nutritionist – if you are stressed, chances are you are not eating properly or the right foods. Your body maybe craving foods that are not good for you. Or food allergies and sensitives maybe playing up.
Life Coach – corny, I know right? But the thing is this – nothing beats talking stuff out and working together to get solutions, action steps and tools to improve your situation. If nothing else, having someone who is a loving cheerleader and is on your side but at the same time objective is incredibly supportive.
Shamanic Healing – I love me some shamanic healing. For me, there is nothing like it to bring the self back into the body.
Yoga – helps with stress release and stress management no end! By focusing the mind for that 60 minutes on getting into and out of poses and synchronizing your movements with the breath – its a beautiful way to calm and still the mind, get grounded and focused on the inside.
TOP SHINY TIP !!!!
Lavender Essential Oil – Lavender oil its incredibly versatile. It has soothing properties that can help you to relax and you can use it to aid sleep – but there are LOTS of other uses too: (here are just a few) :
- Sleep aid – 2/3 drops on your pillow at night before you go to sleep
- Calming – put 2/3 drops in your palms then inhale through your nose
- Mood Enhancer – 2/3 drops in a bath can be relaxing as well as improving the way you feel.
- Massage – 2/3 drops added into a carrier oil and massage away
- Skin – cuts/grazes/scars – its antibacterial so dab straight onto the affected area. Also good for dry, chapped skin.
Now it’s your turn: Let me know in the comments your self-nurturing tips. What do you do to take care of yourself? Remember, it doesn’t have to be anything expensive – keep it simple! I would love to hear from you.
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