Cooler weather and the upcoming holidays make fall a busy and exciting season. One thing to keep in mind is making time to take care of your own needs. Little acts of self-care throughout the day can make a big difference in how you feel and can take your stress level down a few notches.
When it comes to self-care, a little bit goes a long way, like making a soothing cup of tea, treating yourself to an at-home facial, or taking a short walk to clear your mind. Just remember—the reward will be worth the effort.
Here are seven easy ways to incorporate self-care into your day:
1. Wake Up with Water
If you’ve ever woken up feeling stressed and a little cranky, it might be a sign of mild dehydration. When you don’t give your body the fluid it needs, you’re putting stress on it—and that’s just what you’re feeling. So before you pour your first cup of coffee or tea, grab a tall glass of water. You’ll be surprised by how rehydrating first thing in the morning can get your day off to a great start.
2. Get Moving
Exercise releases feel-good endorphins that can help lift your mood and reduce stress and anxiety.1 Going for a walk, spending some time in the garden, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator can be enough to boost your activity level and help you feel better. If you do work up a sweat, though, remember to hydrate.
3. Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness techniques are any activity that creates a relaxation response, like deep breathing exercises, meditation and guided imagery. Practicing these techniques can help calm you in moments of intense stress and regular practice can help lower your overall stress levels.2 Make it simple by downloading an app to help you with meditation or listening to spa-like music on your favorite music service.
4. Let Flavors Lift Your Spirits
Adding fresh or frozen fruit, a splash of lemon juice, or even herbs like mint or basil to your water can lift your spirits with a pop of flavor. Infused water is easy to make, and the delicious results are good for your mind and body. Start with pure, refreshing Primo water to let the flavors shine through.
5. Schedule an At-Home Spa Day
Your skin releases endorphins in response to soothing warm water, so hang the ‘do not disturb’ sign on the bathroom door and treat yourself to an at-home spa experience. Turn your tub into a relaxing spa by adding some candles, scented bath bombs and some mellow music.
6. Unwind with a Cozy Drink
Warm beverages encourage us to slow down and relax, making them a great way to end a long fall day. Pick a caffeine-free drink like an herbal sleepy time tea, hot chocolate, turmeric milk or hot water with lemon. Making this part of your nighttime routine will help you sleep better as well.
7. Reflect on the Day
Learning to think positively about yourself is an important step in any self-care journey. Take some time to reflect on your day and set achievable goals for tomorrow. Focus on your favorite moments and the things that brought you joy, and then think of ways you can make tomorrow even better.
These are just a few ideas to help make self-care part of your everyday routine. Whichever you incorporate into your day, remember that healthy hydration plays a big role in how you feel—physically and mentally.3 Make sure you always have pure, great-tasting drinking water no matter where your day takes you.
1Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2017, September 27). Depression and anxiety: Exercise eases symptoms. Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/in-depth/depression-and-exercise/art-20046495.
2Harvard Medical School. (2015, January 8). Best ways to manage stress. Harvard Health. Retrieved from https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/best-ways-to-manage-stress.
3Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2018, September 14). Want to stay hydrated? Drink before you're thirsty. Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/want-to-stay-hydrated-drink-before-youre-thirsty/art-20390077