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Self care practices range from the tiniest trivial activity to life altering decisions and you get to choose what is best for you. Nobody knows you better than yourself! Simply put, do more of the things you love, the things that make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. If that means taking a vacation or just putting on freshly laundered pjs then do it and do it solely for you.
During pregnancy, you are undergoing the amazing but strenuous process of growing an entire human being. Stress is not good for your growing baby so it is incredibly important to ensure you have a safe, stress-free and happy pregnancy. We know that taking time for yourself is easier said than done but if you give these a try, we guarantee you at least a few minutes of inner peace!
Taking care of yourself means your body, mind and spirit. We tend to look at the obvious when it comes to self care, and that’s usually the body. Eating right, exercising, and getting enough sleep.
But you need to have your mind and your spirit right as well. This means doing things to take care of them, things that feed them and nourish them. Perhaps you’d feel great it you took 5 minutes to meditate, maybe praying is your thing or even just taking some calm, deep breaths.
If you’d like to learn more about meditation, read our post on 6 books to help you on the road of meditation and mindfulness.
Keeping a self care basket can help you when you only have a little time to fit in to doing something for yourself. Any basket will do! Fill it with your favourite books and magazines to read. Then add some incredible beauty products to help the relaxation flow.
This might sound silly but actually having that basket sitting around will be a constant reminder for you that you need to practice self care regularly. Plus it will keep the things you enjoy handy and accessible, where you won’t have to go digging around and spending all your free time looking for something.
Goodness knows that sleeping can be nearly impossible, and very uncomfortable. But setting a reasonable bedtime for yourself and focusing on rest and rejuvenation can do wonders. Also, take that nap! Seriously!! Allow yourself the time and mental space to rest during the day can be just what your batteries need to recharge.
Even if you are working full-time, try taking a thirty-minute nap before dinner. One the weekends, more than one nap might be warranted. Remember, you're sleeping for two!