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10 Self-care Practices to Help you feel Amazing

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One of the best ways to show you love yourself is to take care of yourself. In order to properly take care of others, you must first take care of you.

Leona

I have been thinking a lot more about self-care since my previous post, in which I suggested that self-care should be defined and practiced from a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual perspective. I also made the bold statement that self-care is a daily practice and not an event. If you have not already read that post you can read it here.

The year 2020, more than any other has reminded me of how important it is to take care of myself. Maybe that and the stark realization that I am over 40! ? I have been paying closer attention to how I treat myself. I have also been trying to live more mindfully and intentionally, as I believe this goes hand in hand with regular self-care.

I did not offer any suggestions for self-care in my previous post but rather encouraged you to decide what your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs are and choose activities which help to satisfy those needs. You see, there is no one size fits all or no magic formula when it comes to self-care.

Nonetheless, I thought I would share with you my top 10 self-care practices. These are the things that I enjoy and that work for me. Maybe they will inspire you to give some or all of them a try. They are bound to leave you feeling amazing! If by chance they don’t all work for you, that’s fine. Take what you need and leave what you don’t. The whole idea is to always do what works best for you and satisfies your needs.

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My Yoga Journey: How Yoga helped me heal.

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I discovered yoga in 2017. I suffer with perennial allergic rhinitis which keeps me feeling sick a lot. Think about the feeling of having the flu all the time, and that is how I feel. At the time I was also battling a breakup and depression. I would wake up every day feeling sick and with my body in pain. My first practice was just about 13 minutes long and I struggled to get through it. But I felt such a physical and emotional relief when I got through, it was amazing. As I continued to practice daily I began to notice improvements in my body and my mood.

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The New Self-Care

When I first got the idea to write about self-care, I had just completed my yoga routine and was sitting up on my mat reflecting and mulling over some ideas. I generally prefer to do a power yoga class in the morning because it helps to energize me and get me in the right frame of mind to begin my day but I failed to do so that morning. Therefore, I made up for it with an evening practice. I felt a sense of satisfaction, release, ease, and peace in my body and my mind. I remember thinking, “everyone should feel like this, it is an excellent way to take care of oneself.”  It is then that my mind drifted to self-care, what it means and what I believe it should mean.

I hesitated for a week to write on the topic, telling myself that my blog’s focus is on inspiration and personal growth and development, therefore my audience may find the topic frivolous and not appreciate it. The fact is self-care is not frivolous at all. To be effective on our journey of personal growth and development, in order to achieve our goals and experience the success we want, we must take good care of ourselves.

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