Self Care is a catch phrase, it’s hard to pin down, and it means 100 different things to 100 different people. I wanted to share three easy self care acts you can do right now, to feel even just an ounce more yourself.
- Self Massage. Take a moment to rub whatever part of you you can easily reach. This might be your hands. Take time to rub your thumbs along each ridge and line in your palm. Squeeze each finger, wiggle and shake them out. Try rubbing your own neck, using firm and strong hands to squeeze and rub out any aches in your neck and upper shoulders. If you are tender there, try instead to use your finger pads to rub up your skull, up through your hair to your temples. These quick, short moments will help reconnect you to your body (this is a new-to-me form of self care that I am really working to incorporate into my day).
- Belly breathing. This is easy to do, wherever you are. It’ll oxygenate your blood, give your body a bit of extra love, and bonus; typically leaves you a bit calmer. I aim for 7 super deep belly breaths, filling it up as HUGE as I can, expanding wide-wide-wide and exhaling. To up the calming ante here inhale and exhale for the same amount of time. This is called a Soma-Vritti breath (even ratio). I like to start with 4:4 breath and then work my way up to 8:8. Something in that focus helps me turn my brain off for that bit of time, and leaves me a bit more capable.
- Resting your eyes. My grandma used to always sit on her couch and tell me she was “just resting my eyes for a moment”. She was onto something. I take both of my hands and cover my eyes and apply gentle pressure. That gentle pressure can help to lower blood pressure, and the darkness gives your eyes and brain an input break. This is an especially helpful tool for people who get overwhelmed or overstimulated, or identify as introverts. Giving your body/brain a momentary input break can help reset your sensitivity a bit. This is a tool you can use with a baby on your back, at your desk, or even as a part of your yoga or meditation practice.
These are all tips that you’ll see during my #selfcarestory sharing during the month of July on IG. Follow along HERE to join in!