Self care seems as much the rage lately as tidying up. Here are a few self care suggestions, as well as a tried-and-true recipe from our editor.
Take a mindful walk
It is easy to ignore your everyday surroundings, so take a few minutes to connect with the world as you walk. Pay attention to your stride, your legs, notice the shifting of your body from side to side. Move your attention to sounds. Don’t label or name them, but listen. Shift to smell, again, just noticing the scents, not attaching to the thoughts of them. Look up and down. Notice the architecture of the buildings, notice the color of the sky and the amount of clouds. In the last moments of your walk, bring your awareness back to your body. -mindful.org
Organize your goals
Ever feel like you’re working toward so many things that you’re not progressing on any of them? Shake yourself out of your habits and push yourself to be challenged to complete your goals. Write a list of 30 goals or challenges that you’d like to complete this year. Pick the top three to do, and once you have completed those, move on to the next.
Practice focus & gratitude
Self-care doesn’t have to involve making major changes to your lifestyle – it can be as simple as finding a few minutes to reflect each morning. Instead of reaching for your phone or hitting the snooze button when you wake up, try a priming routine. This 10-minute exercise requires you to become conscious of your breathing, practice gratitude, visualize what you want and focus your newfound positive energy on accomplishing goals that are important to you. Creating a morning routine can help you to stay on track and centered throughout the day. -tonyrobbins.com
I’ve always been a fan of bath bombs and started making them myself a few years ago. This recipe works for me every time. -Alicia Tharp, editor
Mix your wet ingredients in a bowl and whisk your dry ingredients in a separate bowl. SLOWLY, I mean very slowly, whisk your wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. If you go too fast the liquids will react with the powders and ruin the texture. Once all incorporated, press into molds of your choice. I have found the plastic Christmas ornaments from Michaels work very well.