From face masks to take out, self-care and wellness are the trends of the times. But what does it mean, for real? 🧐
At its core, self-care is about nurturing and nourishing all the parts of yourself – your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual self. In turn this creates capacity so that you can help others. Whichever way you practice it, we’re big fans of sustainable and plastic free self-care that provides lasting impact on our planet.
Here are a few ways to support yourself with sustainable self-care:
Physical health is usually what first comes to mind when we talk about staying healthy. It includes the health and wellness of your physical body. This includes the function of your organs, muscles, and joints. Being active daily is a great way to sustain your physical self. This can be as simple as a walk around the neighborhood or a scheduled online class. It doesn’t need to be intense — just enjoyable and for at least 20-30 minutes. If you work from home it can be a helpful transition into or out of your working day.
Mental health is critical – especially today as we’re bombarded with negative news and political and social issues that require our help. Taking time to take care of our mental health is something many of us could really benefit from. One good place to start is to declutter and organize. It sounds simple and silly, but having a clean space around you can help clear out space in your mind too. Another great tip is taking 10-15 minutes to practice mindfulness, you can follow a podcast or an app to help guide you to mental wellness.
Emotional wellness refers to your ability to accept and manage your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. Checking in with your emotions not only helps you work through it, but also provides serenity. With no pressure and no expectations, journaling is a great way to release your thoughts from your brain as well as reflect and resolve any open feelings. The beauty of journaling is that there are no rules or limits – you can release your thoughts in the most natural way for you, whether that’s with doodles, poems, or a simple account of your day.
Your spiritual self might not necessarily be connected to any particular religion or ideology. Your spiritual wellness could also be seen as how you find meaning and purpose in life. One way to foster this is to read works by people who inspire and empower you to be better and do better. (Pro-tip for our US readers: Libby is a free app that connects to your public library for free ebooks and audiobooks!)
When we encourage self-care practice, we don’t want to limit it to products and Instagrammable moments. Instead, we can go beyond consumerism and look at how we nourish and nurture each part of the self, sustainably and plastic free.
How are you practicing sustainable self-care during these trying times? Let us know in the comments below, or on our Instagram: @Natracare.