Whether it’s physical, mental or emotional, we all deserve to treat ourselves to self-care rituals especially this time of year when the doldrums really start to set in. Spring seems far away, especially if you’ve spent the winter struggling to recover from the exhaustion of the holiday season. And it can be hard to stay cheerful when it feels like you haven’t seen the sun in ages!
But February is also a time when we focus on love. Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, or ignore the so-called Hallmark holiday completely, now is as good a time as any to give yourself a healthy dose of self-care.
At Wildcrafter, we believe in loving every aspect of yourself, from body and mind to spirit. So we’ve decided to share some things you can do to take care of the most important person in your life — you. Here’s our list of top self-care tips that will help you give a little back to yourself.
Winter is far from over, and sniffle season is just hitting its peak, so you may want to think about giving your immune system some support. Our Immune Shield blend contains a combination of potent herbs and antioxidant-rich coffee that can enhance your body’s natural stress response.*
Looking for other ways to bump up your immune response? Go to bed early. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body has a harder time producing the compounds it needs to stay healthy.
As a kid, you probably spent a fair amount of time making art. Maybe you even wanted to be an artist when you grew up. But somewhere along the way, you forgot how much fun it was to sit down and create. Or maybe you just got so busy being an adult you felt like you didn’t have time for art anymore.
Just because you didn’t become an artist doesn’t mean you can’t find joy in being creative. Who says grown-ups can’t color, or draw, or write a story? Getting in touch with your creativity is a wonderful way to express emotions that may otherwise be hard to articulate.
Need some inspiration? Wildcrafter’s Creative Focus blend can help you stay connected to your inner artist. Designed to alert the senses and promote concentration, it’s a great way to get your creative juices flowing.*
We love journaling as a way to put your day in focus, but a blank page can also function as a canvas on which we can paint our feelings. By simply putting pen to paper and letting words flow without any pressure or agenda, you may learn things about yourself that surprise you. Writing down your fears and worries is also an excellent way to relieve your worries — when you spell out what’s bothering you, it stops weighing on you so heavily. Brew yourself a cup of Wildcrafter botanical coffee and allow your pen to guide you.
Wildcrafter’s founder, Tieraona Low Dog, MD, is a big believer in the healing power of gratitude, and we couldn’t agree more. When you recognize the ways in which other people touch your life, you’re forging a connection with your fellow humans that can support you when you’re struggling. It lets people know you see them, which is a huge gift, but it also reminds you that you’re never alone.
Want to practice gratitude but don’t know where to start? Consider sending a thank you card every month to someone who has helped you in some way. Whether it’s your child’s teacher or that friend who’s always there when you need her, everybody wants to be appreciated. And who doesn’t love getting mail?
The beauty of this self-care step is that it doesn’t cost a thing, and it can be done whenever and wherever you need it. Hitting “pause” on what’s going on around you and taking some slow, even breaths can help bring some peace to the chaos of daily life. This kind of breathing stimulates the part of your brain and nervous system responsible for creating a feeling of tranquility, and it triggers the release of soothing hormones.
Overwhelmed at work? Stop and breathe. Can’t stand even one more second of your kids bickering? Stop and breathe. Feeling anxious about the state of the world? Stop and breathe. Dr. Low Dog shares a simple yet incredibly effective breathing exercise called “4-7-8 breath” here.
To really reap the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of self-care, you need to do more than just take the occasional bubble bath. Making a commitment to taking care of YOU means intentionally setting aside time for yourself on a regular basis.
Just as couples might set up a weekly date night to prioritize staying connected, you can schedule time to reconnect with yourself. If it feels like you’re too busy to possibly do something for yourself once a week, you may need a self-care schedule more than you realize.
Even if you just set your alarm 10 minutes earlier so you have enough time to enjoy a cup of offee before the rest of your household wakes up, or you choose Netflix and Spiritual Chill over going to a social function, every little bit counts. You’re worth it!
It’s not easy to prioritize self-care, especially during a season that leaves many of us feeling low. If you’re only able to do one thing, we hope it’s this: Remember that you deserve to be loved exactly as you are.
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