11 ways to practice self-care

11 ways to practice self-care - Jen Merkel Holistic Hypnosis and Wellness

DIY holistic wellness tips for a well-rounded self-care practice

Holistic wellness means caring for your whole self: Physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. To ensure your well-rounded health, I’m sharing some of my favorite tips for self-care.

11 ways to practice self-care

1. Do a heart chakra healing meditation

The heart chakra is located in your heart center, and is associated with unconditional love. When you meditate, do so with the intention of healing your heart chakra: finding forgiveness, unconditional love, and acceptance of yourself and others. Although a self-love meditation is awesome for this specific purpose, any type of meditation is fantastic for self-care.

2. Make a date with your “self”

Get your calendar out and set one hour aside per week, just to focus on you. That might mean doing a facial mask while soaking in the tub, getting a mani-pedi, reading a favorite novel, venturing out for a nature walk, or dinner and a movie by yourself. I enjoy doing these types of things alone because I don’t have to worry about having to share my fries, negotiate which movie to see, or who is going to drive. I strive to have a balance of things that keep me mentally stimulated, and those that are more indulgent “fluff”.

3. Unplug

Ensure you have sufficient time away from your screen to shift your focus away from work, stress, the news, social media drama, and electromagnetic fields (EMFs). By cutting down on screen time, you’re likely to find that you sleep better and have less stress throughout the day.

11 ways to practice self-care - Jen Merkel Holistic Hypnosis and Wellness

4. Be OK with being alone

You cannot be dependent upon others for your own happiness. Especially if you are in a committed relationship, you need to have your own identity so you can contribute to its growth and avoid stunting your own. The healthier your relationship with yourself, the healthier your relationship with others is going to be. If you’re struggling with self-confidence and your identity, hypnosis is an effective way to overcome this.

Suggested: Being alone doesn’t have to be lonely

5. Get a good night’s sleep

As found in many notable studies, the amount of quality sleep you get affects your ability to learn, memory skills, mood, and overall physical and mental health. Most adults need between 7-9 hours of restful sleep per night to maintain a healthy balance. Having trouble sleeping? Try one of these crystal recommendations.

6. Care for your body by consuming pure, healthy foods

We are so fortunate to live in a time when organic, free-range, grass-fed food and personal products are widely available, even in traditional grocery stores. Most often these healthy, natural foods are priced reasonably, and I’ve even seen where they are sometimes cheaper than their ‘regular’ versions. Consuming seasonal food from local sources will be fresher and healthier as well helping support the farmers and small businesses in your community.

7. Get zhuzhed up, even if you have nowhere to go

I’ll be the first to admit that I need improvement in this area. In all honestly, if it’s a “day off” from clients and I’ve got nothing going on, you’ll probably catch me sans makeup, wearing an old, holey t-shirt and leggings. But I’m trying to get better about this because I know that when I look good, I feel good! So you’re my witness… I’m vowing to, every day, apply at least minimal makeup and dress in an outfit that I look good in, even if I have nowhere to go. Major props to my fabulous friend Jackie (IG @jackiesellsmiami) for her inspiring post.

11 ways to practice self-care - Jen Merkel Holistic Hypnosis and Wellness

8. Drink your water!

According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the average recommendation for water consumption is 2.7 liters (91 oz.) for women and 3.7 liters (125 oz.) for men. Of course, there are other factors to consider, but as a general rule drinking your “8 glasses” will cover it.

What kind of water are you drinking? I prefer to drink pure spring water, because it’s natural and from the Earth, and doesn’t have the drug fluoride which is added to most public tap water.

9. Make time for spiritual growth

That may take the form of meditation or prayer, reading something from your favorite guru, walking a labyrinth, or any other activity that will help you to grow spiritually. When I was first starting out on my spiritual journey, I attended development classes organized by a local medium. Not only did I learn from an experienced teacher, I was also connecting with other like-minded people in my community. My Spiritual Development Program combines hypnosis with activities targeted to your specific goals.

11 ways to practice self-care - Jen Merkel Holistic Hypnosis and Wellness

10. Release what no longer serves you

This can take the form of physically decluttering old clothing, books, d├ęcor, and any other possessions that no longer “spark joy”. But it’s also important to do a healthy emotional release – getting rid of any feelings of guilt, insecurity, jealousy, mistrust, lack of confidence, and other self-harming emotions. My favorite ways to accomplish this are using positive affirmations and hypnosis.

11. Get physical!

I’ll be honest, I am not a fan of “exercise” and you’d never find me in spinning class doing a hard-core workout. Most days I’d rather just lay on the couch and be lazy, yet I don’t really like the idea of having it become a repeated pattern. I know that making a regular practice to do something that moves muscles and joints is the best choice for my health, so I’ve found a couple non-demanding things that I actually find enjoyable:

  • Yin Yoga is a practice where most of the poses are floor-based and held for up to 4 minutes or more. It’s not “easy”, but it is slow-moving and each time I do it, afterwards I feel like I’ve had a massage: relaxed clarity.
  • Dance party for 1. Turn up the tunes and dance like no-one is watching… because NO ONE IS. Except maybe your judgmental Corgi.
  • When I picture Qigong in my head, I visualize a grassy area filled with loosely-clothed senior citizens, moving slowly to some meditative music while a voiceover reads off a disclaimer about the side effects of the latest prescription drug. But once I got over my pre-conceived notions (translate: fear that practicing it will make me an “old person”), I realized that it’s actually a tremendous way to combine healthy stretches, breathing techniques, and meditation.

What’s your favorite way to care for your “self”? Let me know in the comments!

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Jen Merkel Holistic Hypnosis and Wellness

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