Get Yo’ Healthy Life {Together} Chiiild (Part 1)

Get Yo’ Healthy Life {Together} Chiiild (Part 1)

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#SelfCareSaturday

Chiiiild….are you taking care of yourself?
So for Day 24 of #bloglikecrazy I am highlighting the importance of self-care, the types of self-care and how you can “Get Yo’ Healthy Life {Together} Chiiild.”

Self-care is about activities and choices we make to improve and maintain our overall health and well-being. These activities include physical, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual components of our well-being.

I recently began working part-time at a hydration lounge and have begun learning the importance of what, I like to refer to as boutique medicine, can play in encouraging people to participate in more physical self-care activities. IV hydration therapy is used for a number of reasons. Many of which include recovery and improvement of athletic performance, weight loss, treating morning sickness, hangovers, migraines, chronic pain and fatigue, and a whole host of other ailments we all tend to roam around with untreated, attributing it to “life’s just rough” or “being too busy.” Some facilities, such as the one where I work also offer different types of massage therapy and cryotherapy.

Some of the ways I practice self-care are as follows:

Physical Self-Care: good nutrition in the form of clean eating and hydration; plus regular exercise in the form of jogging, walking, weight training, and yoga; with the intent on adding massage therapy into a more regular rotation again versus the current once every blue moon. I have also considered adding routine IV hydration therapy to my physical self-care regimen as I struggle with chronic pain and fatigue and despite drinking water or taking vitamins, I still struggle. Grant it my sleep cycle is not spot on eight hours a night, I still know that that won’t be enough to pull me out of my physiological slump.

Psychological Self-Care: psychological self-care deals with mental toughness and taking care of our minds. One way I do this is through positive self-talk and writing. I write in order to process my thoughts and emotions in a healthy way.

Emotional Self-Care: emotional self-care can be a lot like psychological self-care. This time of year tends to be rough on me, as with possibly others. Seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D) this time of year hits more people than some realize. This is due to time changes, weather changes, and despite the holiday season, sometimes I simply find myself in a slump. Feeling depleted and mentally exhausted with a lack of get up and go. How I cope with this is by staying connected to the activities that I enjoy as much as possible(see section on physical self-care). It’s harder to do than when the sun sets later in the day, but nevertheless, I make every effort to get it done.

Social Self-Care: social self-care is important. Scripture says “It’s better to have a partner than go it alone.Share the work, share the wealth.And if one falls down, the other helps,But if there’s no one to help, tough!” (Ecclesiastes 4:9). Pretty self explanatory. So pretty much what I do for social self-care is just that stay as social as possible through small groups at my church, serving, and chatting with friends. It can be a great mood booster from the monotony of the daily grind.

Spiritual Self-Care: Last but not least, what I do for spiritual self-care is pray. Everything in my life ultimately relies on my prayer life to be strong, and oft times it can seem depleted as I become depleted from all the obligations that come my way from day to day. Much like social self-care, prayer is my social time with God. It’s that time that I set aside throughout the day just to talk directly to Him. #gamechanger.
So I pose the question again; are you practicing self-care?

Drop a line in the comments and share some of your go-to self-care activities.
Until next time
Write from the Heart,
{Just Being} Candice Maria

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