We have just finished week five of our fitness challenge, and we are almost done! This past week was not the greatest with consistency, but I did make sure to get as much of the workout done as possible. Life likes to throw you a curve ball now and then, especially when you have an active family. You have to do the best you can when it gets hectic. No matter what, make sure you get some form of exercise in each day!Even if the only thing you have time for is a quick HIIT workout, or walk with the dog. Week 6 is usually when I get the “itch” to switch up my routine. I have already planned what I will be doing or the next segment of my workout plan, and I am looking forward to it!
Self Care Techniques-What I do, and how I do it….
This week I wanted to talk a bit about self care. It is so very important to take time each week to care for ourselves. Most people these days are so busy taking care of work related things, or our children, that we forget to take a little time for ourselves to pamper and care for bodies and mind. I wanted to share the different ways I like to take care of myself, so that maybe it will inspire you to do the same. Everyone deserves to have a little “me” time. It is said that “our bodies are a divine gift, and so we should respect and care for it as such.” So please, read on for some different ways in that you can give your bod a little TLC…
I am sure many of you have heard of skin brushing. I love to do this, especially in winter, when my skin becomes so dry and flaky. Skin brushing helps to stimulate, and exfoliate the skin. I do this when my skin is dry before entering the shower. Once I get out of the shower, I slather my skin in my various creams and oils. Skin brushing is also great before applying self tanner. It helps to create a flawless and non-patchy application. Click here to learn more about the benefits of skin brushing.
Bath time…take a salt bath!
I love epsom salt baths! They feel utterly amazing, and when I am done I feel so relaxed! Epsom salts really help with sore muscles. If you workout like I do, then you totally get why I love this simple at home treatment. There are other things that a good hot soak in an Epsom salts bath can do, here is a list of some of the ailments it can help with….
Arthritis pain and swelling
Bruises and sprains
Fibromyalgia, a condition that makes your muscles, ligaments, and tendons hurt, and causes tender points throughout your body
Psoriasis, a disease that causes red, itchy, scaly skin
Sore muscles after working out
Soreness from diarrhea during chemotherapy
Sunburn pain and redness
Tired, swollen feet
If you would like to learn more, click here. I highly recommend soaking in an epsom salt bath once a week if you workout on a regular basis. I like to get into my tub, light some candles, and add my Epsom salts, and just chill. Here are some of the salts I like to use….
I absolutely adore foot massages! I hold a lot of tension in my feet, and hands, so it is no wonder why I would be attracted to this health improving technique. “The underlying theory behind reflexology is that there are certain points or “reflex areas” on the feet and hands that are connected energetically to specific organs and body parts through energy channels in the body. By applying pressure to reflex areas, a reflexologist is said to remove energy blockages and promote health in the related body area.” (Found HERE)
If you can get to a Reflexologist, by all means go! I recommend it! I would love it if more people opened their minds to alternative methods of health and wellbeing, in addition to traditional medicine! Sometimes what regular doctors prescribe just isn’t enough. We need to take it one step further to actually heal.
I regularly will massage my feet and hands when I feel I need it. Various points on the feet and hands correspond to the different points in the body. I like to use the appropriate essential oils to massage my feet and hands, depending on what is needed (especially for the sinus area!)
What are your favorite methods of self care? Do you use any of the methods mentioned above? What is your favorite way to relax and show your body some TLC? Comment and share below! By commenting you are helping others. Thank you!
Until Next Post,
Have a beautiful and healthy week!