Self Care Ideas: 5 Tips For Taking Care Of You!

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Self Care Ideas & Tips for Taking Care of You!

Hey ladies! Self-love is one of those things that if you can conquer, you can handle anything that comes your way. Being able to just be happy with ourselves is an irreplaceable feeling. But learning to love and accept your strengthens and weaknesses can be a challenge. I am on my self-love journey and wanted to share a few tips that help me feel my best. Here are some helpful self care ideas! 

 

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Pamper Yourself

Give yourself a manicure or pedi. Something about having a fresh paint job makes me feel all that is woman. Personally, I’m not talented to do them myself, so I go to the salon. But if you prefer to do them at home, give yourself the ultimate spa experience. Fill up the tub with bubbles and light those candles! If you like getting your hair done, treat yourself to a blowout. Maybe try some highlights or a stylish lob. Sometimes when I’m feeling low, I like to put together a really great outfit and do my hair and makeup. We usually feel a little better if we look better, so why not look your best?

 

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Rock A Bare Face

Try not to wear makeup every single day. Set at least 1-2 days out of the week that you don’t beat your face. If you want youthful, glowing skin, you’re going to need to let your skin breathe. I know it’s hard to put down the paintbrush (especially when all these 14-year-olds are looking 25). Maybe on the weekends or any day you’re just hanging out at home, give your skin a little break and just be natural.

 

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Give Yourself A Love Stretch

Ever find yourself sitting around at home and you just feel like you need a little something to bring balance to your day? Instead of fighting it, roll out the yoga mat and stretch it all out for a few minutes to clear your noggin. Stretching allows you to be in the moment and help you de-stress. Also, most of the time we are sitting all day at a desk or the car, so it’s important for our posture and overall health to get in a few minutes of stretch time.

 

 

Tidy Up Your Space

Even if you live in the tiniest apartment, take pride in the space that belongs to you. When my house is clean, I feel more motivated and focused to get other projects done. If I’m trying to work in a room that is unorganized and filthy, I will not get much accomplished. Take a few minutes out of your day to keep things clean and in their place. When you keep your house clean, you don’t need to clean anything (which is another check mark on your to-do list).

 

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Journal Your Heart Out

Keeping a journal on hand is a great way to organize your thoughts, goals, and to-do list. A lot can be accomplished with a notebook and pen. Being able to physically mark things off your list can motivate you to get stuff done. If you have goals, write them. If you don’t have goals, create them and write it down. Journaling is such a powerful tool we take for granted. Got something you need to get off your chest? Write it out. Need to prioritize your day? Write it out. I think you get the idea.

 

 

What are some ways that you practice self-love?

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Heather

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What Should A Recovery Day Look Like?

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Why Are Recovery Days Important?

Whether you are a beginner or a long-time fitness enthusiast, your body needs to rest. I know it’s hard to put down the weights or unlace your trainers. But taking a recovery day or two can actually benefit you more than you know.

Why Does Your Body Need To Recover?

When you perform an intense enough workout, you are essentially breaking down your muscles. It takes approximately 1-2 days for these muscles to recover and rebuild. If you don’t let your muscles properly recover, you’ll be too exhausted to even finish your next workout. You also pose less of a risk of injuries when you take rest days. For example, runners place a huge amount of stress of the anterior leg muscles. Without proper rest, they risk shin splints, heel spur and muscle tears. 

 

How Often Should I Take Rest Days?

Although it’s awesome to workout as often as possible, there are some days you’d be better off skipping. The best advice on recovery days is to listen to your body. I’ve been guilty of taking 2 or more consecutive rest days before. Maybe you’ve come down with the flu or didn’t get much sleep the night before. Sometimes it’s just not in the cards to workout. Also, maybe you have been overtraining. Ask yourself when the last time you had a rest day and how hard you have been working out the past 5 days or so. If you have been killing it in the gym, you might need to take a rest day soon.


What To Do On Recovery Days?

Keep in mind that recovery days aren’t the same as cheat days. It’s easy to slack off on exercise and diet on rest days because you’re not in training mode. However, you shouldn’t spend these days being a couch potato. The human body was meant to move, so even walking and stretching can be beneficial. Also, one healthy habit always leads to another. Getting in a yoga session, walking, swimming, and hiking are great activities to do on rest days. You could also do something fun to break away from your normal routine like a sport or dance class. How do you spend your rest days?

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Heather

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