Here are a few tried, tested and simple things you can do on a regular basis to up your self-care game.
Drink lemon in the morning-
Half filtered water and half boiled water
Half a lemon (promotes hydration, loaded with vitamin C, great for your skin)
Pinch of Himalayan sea salt (considered to be one of the purest forms of salt on earth) for its natural electrolyte properties. It has a whole load of trace minerals
Hang on a pull up bar- This is so good for you.. strengthens hands and wrists, it stretches the back and core muscle, decompresses the spine and helps to improve posture. I have a pull up bar that is fixed into my door frame.
Rebounding on a trampoline-
Benefits: This is probably the most fun thing I have found to do for my health, it makes me giggle like a little child when I bounce. *Bonus* It helps prevent osteoporosis by increasing bone density, increased G-force stimulates lymphocyte production (Immune boosting:lymphocytes are the white blood cells that fend off illness and disease) Enhances lymphatic circulation, Improves posture, balance and coordination.
Get upside down- Improves spinal health and flexibility, can relieve back pain.
back or leg fracture, osteoporosis or hernia you need to be very careful with this one choosing some gentle options such as legs up the wall pose may be best here. You can stay in this gentle inversion for up to 2-3 mins with practice.
Go to bed on time- I know this can be tough especially if you live with a partner who goes to bed late or you are more of a night owl. And I completely understand that some of us do function better at different times of the day, and that is totally fine. Establishing a regular schedule and being consistent is the key here. So for example I am getting ready for bed (winding down) by 9:30 every night and then I am in bed or asleep by 10:00/10:30 and then up every morning around 6/6:30 that's a good 8hours sleep which works for me. If you know you need more sleep or less you adjust, but do remember generally 7-8 hours is recommended.
Go barefoot- Take off your shoes at your door, don't drag the stuff from outside on the streets into your home. That way you can get your bare feet on the ground in your home, good for feet mobility.
'Earthing'- is walking on the soil, earth of grass or sand (any natural surface) feel the grass in between your toes by walking in your garden or the beach without shoes. This has a wonderful calming effect on your nervous system and over all well being.
Let me know if you try any of these and how it makes you feel?
Ana Maria xx