For many people, a major life event is a wake-up call to take better care of themselves. So, it’s no surprise to learn that in a recent survey 80% of American adults said they intend to be more mindful about regular self-care practices after the pandemic. (1)
What exactly is self-care? According to Shainna Ali, Ph.D., it is a “holistic process that we all need in order to foster presence, engagement, wellness, and self-love.” (2) Who couldn’t use a little more of that in their lives? Self-care will look different for different people, depending on individual needs and interests. Read on to see if any of these practices might be what the doctor ordered to boost your well-being.
In our fast-paced world, we often forget to take time to just breathe. Meditation brings your focus to the present and can result in a greater sense of calm, peace, and balance. Sitting quietly for a few moments or practicing an ancient art like tai chi may be just what you need to bring a new perspective to a stressful situation. (3)
The Yoga Mat with Shoulder Strap #41096 is the perfect meditation companion. Tote it to the yoga studio or use it at home as a comfortable place to chant your daily mantras. Rolls up for convenient storage and the built-in strap makes it easy to transport.
Use the Oversize Sherpa Blanket #26122 to snuggle up for your daily dose of calm. The extra cozy blanket is wrinkle resistant and machine washable for easy care.
Many people turn to creative hobbies to help deal with stress. There’s plenty of joy to be found in art, music, dance, and writing. Often these endeavors ask us to use parts of our brain that we don’t call on much in our day-to-day lives, so getting creative can also keep our brains active. (4) Make time to grab a paintbrush or a musical instrument to break out of your comfort zone and find more fun in life.
If your creative outlet involves writing or sketching, look no further than the bold geometric design of the Souvenir® Journal with Motive Pen #16093 for a little inspiration. Find some online writing prompts or a tutorial on how to draw with a ballpoint pen, and feel the stress melt away.
Looking for a tea-rific way to unwind? Creating a soothing daily ritual is a step in the right direction and including a cup of tea has lots of benefits. For example, tea is a source of naturally occurring, heart-healthy flavonoids. Plus, tea counts toward your daily water-consumption goals. (5) There are many flavorful tea blends designed to support self-care goals such as relaxation and getting more sleep, so try different combinations to find one that you like.
Using a favorite mug can be an important part of your daily routine. The Sausalito Mug – 14 oz. #45803 brings a bright vibe to your morning and a large capacity for your favorite brew.
Want to incorporate some outdoor time with your teatime? Then try pouring your chai into a Koozie® Triple Vacuum Tumbler – 16 oz. #46311 to keep it hot. This tumbler also does double duty as a bottle or can holder for added versatility.
There so many ways to take care of you! Now is the time to incorporate some self-care practices into your life to ease the effects of day-to-day stress and to feel your best. Find more great products for prioritizing you at kooziegroup.com.
All information included in this blog post is for general reference purposes only. It is not intended to replace the advice of a professional.