Taking Care of You – 25 Great Ways to Self-Nurture

(An abbreviated version of this article was published in the Anne Arundel Women’s Journal October/November 2009 edition with the title “Taking Care of You – Simple Ways to Self-Nurture”)

Self-nurturing is taking better care of yourself. Many people put themselves at the bottom of their own list of priorities. The result is burnout, exhaustion and resentment. We are unable to be at our best if we don’t take time out for ourselves to rest, relax and renew. Self-nurturing does not have to be difficult or overly time-consuming. Anything that helps us feel more positive and joyful is self-nurturing. Below is a list of 25 ideas, but don’t limit yourself. Think about simple pleasures that speak to you personally and incorporate them into your life each and every day. The result? A happier, healthier you!

1. Be Grateful (Keep a Gratitude Journal . . . write down 5 things you are grateful for each day)

2. Practice Relaxation Techniques/Relaxation Therapy

3. Surround Yourself with Positive People (Choose people who help you grow and thrive, Re-connect with loved ones with whom you’ve lost touch)

4. Practice Kindness and Compassion (Remember to help and pray for others)

5. Give Praise and Let Go of Criticism

6. Visualize (Choose where you want to be vs. where you are for your visualizations)

7. Do Not Complain (Learn to let it go)

8. Listen to Music You Enjoy (and if you can, dance)

9. Exercise (Choose something you really enjoy, why not try a type of mind/body/spirit exercise like yoga, tai chi or qi gong?)

10. Volunteer and Donate (Promote a cycle of goodwill; pay it forward)

11. Learn Proper Self-Care (Get enough sleep, detoxify, eat a healthy, balanced diet and drink plenty of water . . . learn to listen to your body)

12. Create a Comfort Drawer for Yourself (fill it with goodies your love including favorite teas, bubble bath, magazines, the sky’s the limit!)

13. Seek New Experiences and Knowledge (why not try a holistic therapy such as acupuncture or that store you’ve always wanted to go in, but never took the time)

14. Follow Your Bliss (Use your creativity, gifts and talents . . . begin a hobby or career you are passionate about)

15. Have Great Sex (Especially Tantric/Sacred Sex or a romantic evening with that special someone)

16. Read a Good Book or Watch a Great Movie (Why not try reading some poetry?)

17. Laugh (Laughter truly is the best medicine)

18. Seek Solitude (Meditate, go within and get creative, try a fun excursion by yourself)

19. Use Positive Affirmations (Make a conscious choice to be happy)

20. Take A Long, Hot Bath (Add soft music and candlelight for ambience or some relaxing aromatherapy Lavender . . . simply add a couple of drops of Lavender essential oil) See our lavender bath salt recipe below.

21. Spend Time with Your Pet(s)

22. Have a Cup of Your Favorite Coffee or Tea (Chamomile Tea is especially relaxing; avoid caffeine before bed)

23. Get Out in Nature (Try a walking meditation in the warm sunshine, spending time near the water, cloudwatching or enjoying a beautiful sunset)

24. Get a Massage (Touch can be very healing)

25. Remember the Purpose of Life is Joy!

Tranquility Bay Relaxing Lavender Bath Salt Recipe

2 cups Epsom Salt
1 cup Baking Soda
5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
1 handful of Lavender Buds/Petals (Optional)

Combine all ingredients and stir well. Use a scoop of these bath salts for a wonderful, warm, relaxing bath anytime. Enjoy!

Lavender has been known for centuries to promote relaxation. Epsom Salt contains magnesium which calms the nervous system and helps you sleep while also soothing tired muscles and healing/softening the skin.

To give bath salts as a gift, pour into a decorative, clear glass bottle and tie with raffia or a lavender ribbon. The flower petals add to the aromatherapy of the salts and also provide a nice decorative touch.