For many of us, the idea of self care can even seem indulgent, something that you couldn't possibly allow yourself. In modern day life we tend to wear lots of hats, and these various roles each have their own responsibilities and obligations that can be demanding to say the least. Taking time out for ourselves and putting all of these responsibilities and obligations on hold can leave us feeling guilty or even anxious.
The great news is, self-care doesn't need to take a lot of time. Self care also doesn’t need to look a certain way. While images of green smoothies and fancy facials may come to mind when you hear the words self-care, we are all unique and the things that nurture us all come in different guises.
What self care does require is two things- mindfulness and commitment. You need to be able to tell when you're in need of some time out rather than simply pushing on through. You also need to be able to commit to setting aside time and really making the most of and enjoying that time when it comes.
Perhaps you're wondering where to start?! We’ve created a Zenko Self-Care Menu for you that can give you some ideas based on how much time you may have in the day or week to dedicate to your holistic wellbeing. Maybe you literally have one minute, or maybe you have one hour- either way, these practices and activities below are designed to help lift your spirits and soothe your soul.
Now, perhaps more than ever before, our wellbeing is so important. With mental health issues on the rise we need to prioritise the small ways in which we can truly care for ourselves and support one another to do the same.
Take a look at our Zenko Self-Care Menu and use this as a reminder any time you need to fill up your cup.
- Close your eyes and take 3 long deep breaths
-Get up and stretch your body
-Enjoy a 5 minute meditation
-Drink a big glass of water
-Step outside and stand in the sunshine
-Go for a walk in nature
-Journal your thoughts and/or emotions
-Call a friend you makes you laugh
-Make yourself a cup of tea, juice or smoothie
-Do a yoga class at home (Find a class at https://liveclasses.zenkoyoga.com.au/ )
-Make yourself a healthy meal
-Go for a swim in the ocean
-Embrace play- run, dance, sing, laugh
-Go to a yoga class
-Grab a juice with a friend and catch up
-Take a long hot bath
-Listen to a podcast
-Meal prep for the day or week ahead
-Explore somewhere new
-Get a massage, treatment or therapy (Try a Zenko therapy here- http://www.zenkoyoga.com.au/therapies.html )
Are you looking for new ways to nourish yourself and to create healthy routines to help you thrive in every area of your life? Join Lauren and Kelly for the first workshop in our new Zenko ‘Get Nourished’ series:
‘Creating Healthy Lunches and Routines’
Friday August 14th 11am - 2pm
Zenko Yoga Noosa
$97 early bird price
Your 3 Hour Workshop Includes:
- 45 minute yoga flow
- 45 minute cooking demonstration
- 45 minute talk with Lauren
- Delicious Plant-Based Lunch
- FREE Eco-sustainable lunch box kit (valued at $49)