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40 Self Care Techniques To Rejuvenate And Restore Yourself

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40 Self Care Techniques To Rejuvenate And Restore Yourself

Self care is an important thing that is often overlooked in modern society. Take some time out for you and experiment with these 40 techniques that will lead to rejuvenation and restoration.

  1. Schedule time for a divine self care ritual in the morning and evening. Rituals can include exercising, meditating, reading, writing, looking at your vision board, or saying affirmations.
  2. Hire a wellness coach. A wellness coach will help you bring out the best in yourself and will assist you in making sure that you are taking care of yourself, living according to your values, and being properly nourished in all areas of your life.
  3. Schedule and take 2-3 days off a week.
  4. Set aside 5-10 minutes of uninterrupted time to practice daily prayer and gratitude.
  5. Make time for lunch and meal breaks, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Turn technology off, don’t try and multi-task, just enjoy your meal.
  6. Declutter your home, office, and car. Get rid of anything that doesn’t make your life easier or more beautiful.
  7. Practice extreme self care weekly as a non-negotiable. Have a checklist with your favourite self care practices and tick them off as you complete them throughout the week.
  8. Make an appointment at the spa once a week to enjoy a spa treatment (facial, manicure, or pedicure).
  9. Have your hair blowdried at the salon once a month.
  10. Start work late from time to time.
  11. Finish work early from time to time.
  12. Keep a journal at the end of each day. Share your thoughts and feelings for the day. Write in your journal like you’re talking to your best friend—let everything out.
  13. Practice daily meditation and/or yoga.
  14. Prepare a delicious homemade lunch for yourself the night before.
  15. Schedule lunch out with a friend once a week.
  16. Have a Skype coffee date with a friend once a week.
  17. Take time out to design your life just the way you want it.
  18. Find an exercise that you thoroughly enjoy and do it several times a week.
  19. Surround yourself with other supportive and growing people.
  20. Say “no” to more things.
  21. Do one thing every week that scares you. Challenge and grow yourself—you’ll feel better as a person and your confidence will soar.
  22. Take time out every evening to reflect on the day—what worked, what didn’t work, what will you do differently tomorrow?
  23. Drink water every single day.
  24. Alkalize your diet by adding green juices and green vegetables to it.
  25. Turn off your computer and your phone every night by a certain time. No peeking!
  26. Sleep in a pitch black bedroom.
  27. Start your day with warm water and lemon.
  28. Create a list of activities that are fun and exciting. Commit to doing 2-3 every weekend.
  29. Schedule in your self care at the start of the week. Commit to your schedule.
  30. Schedule two-week or month-long holidays throughout the year, just because.
  31. Schedule days in your calendar month to do absolutely nothing.
  32. Allow a buffer time (30 minutes to 1 hour) in your schedule so you’re not rushing from one thing to another.
  33. Eliminate tasks that drain your energy (delegate or delete them).
  34. Don’t respond to emails right away, take your time on the emails that need a proper response. Think them through.
  35. Focus on achieving in all areas of your life, not just in your business or career. When was the last time you paid attention to fun, your health, romance with your partner, friends, or spiritual development?
  36. Take time out every evening to think about and plan the following day.
  37. Take yourself to the park to read an amazing book and enjoy some fresh air.
  38. Buy yourself something amazing after accomplishing something amazing.
  39. Keep a clean house—no dishes, clothes put away, clean living area, and so on. If need be, hire a cleaner.
  40. Catch up on things you have put on the back burner. These can include your taxes, going to the dentist, a check up with the doctor, and so on.

Featured photo credit: Viktor Hanacek via picjumbo.com

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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