Updated: Jul 24
This month, I’ve been talking a lot about self-care. So far we’ve explored how self-care impacts your overall health and wellbeing and then we explored how mindfulness can make you a better, more present parent or caregiver.
But here’s the thing, every person is unique. And what may rejuvenate one person could be draining for others. That’s why the focus of Celebrate You, my summer self-care program, is on tuning into your body and listening and learning what self-care activities truly fill your cup.
For me, here are the four activities that I have found really restore my spirits and mental wellbeing.
Walking with a friend
Going for a walk with a friend is how I prefer to start most days. It’s an excellent and much needed break from technology. My friend and I walk for about an hour and along the way it allows my brain to process information, get feedback and listen to someone else who is often having a similar experience. The combination of fresh air, exercise and excellent companionship help me feel happier. And I know it’s keeping me healthier too. Walking increases your cardiovascular and pulmonary fitness and has been linked to reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. Not only that, it can help reduce hypertension and muscular and joint pain.
Spending time in nature
Whether I’m out for a hike or skiing with my family, nature plays a big role in my self-care. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it a million times Smuggler’s Notch in Vermont is my happy place. There are numerous studies that show spending time in nature reduces your nervous system arousal and your blood pressure and stress hormone levels. As a result it increases your immune system and increases your self-esteem.
Getting a pedicure
The previous activities I listed are ones that can involve other people. But I’ve learned after listening to my body, that I also need time away from my loved ones. Time to myself. Going to the salon to get a pedicure is my special time. It’s relaxing to soak my feet in the warm water and enjoy the leg massage (especially after all that walking and spending time in nature).
Each person is unique and there’s no one size fits all when it comes to caring for your mental and physical well being. If you’d like to figure out what fills your cup, join my summer program.