It’s the time of year for transitions, whether that means you’re relaxing into summer, graduating college, starting a new job, or moving to a new city. No matter which applies to your current state, it’s important that you make a point to take care of yourself everyday. That’s why we’re bringing you five tips to maintaining your mind, body, and soul connection.
1. Make Exercise a Priority: Exercise keeps our bodies in shape while helping us to release negative emotions.
Tips for prioritizing exercise:
-Schedule it and stick to it! Set a reminder on your phone or add a task to your calendar, whatever you need to do to remember that that time is for getting your move on.
-Change it up. The same routine can become redundant so swap your Ashtanga for Jivamukti or your run for a good hike.
2. Disconnect from Technology: Facebook + Instagram + Work + School = Way too many hours spent in front of a screen each day.
Tips for disconnecting:
-Set limits on the amount of time you spend on the computer or on your phone.
-Don’t let signing on be the first part of your morning routine. Give your mind and body time to wake up and adjust to the new day.
3. Eat a Well-Balanced Diet: A well-balanced individual starts with a well-balanced diet. Eating a diet rich in plant based, whole foods will help keep the body aligned.
Tips for eating healthy:
-Plan ahead so you’re not reaching for the potato chips because they’re so convenient.
-Don’t stock your pantry with unhealthy, processed foods. If they’re not within reach, you won’t eat ’em when the snack cravings call.
4. Practice Mindfulness: Mindfulness is a form of meditation that brings us awareness of our thoughts, emotions, body sensations, and the environment around us.
Tips for mindful practice:
-When eating, take your time to savor each and every bite. When we take the time to eat, we are better able to enjoy our food and appreciate the nourishment our bodies are receiving.
-Take moments throughout the day to check in with your body, especially during times of stress. Step back and reevaluate how your actions affect your emotions and vice versa.
5. Make Time for Fun: Even boss chicks need some time for fun! So while focusing your efforts on kicking butt and taking over the world may come naturally, work a little downtime into those plans as well.
Tips for having more fun:
-Start a new hobby, anything from taking up knitting to becoming your friend group’s new ‘bucha supplier.
-Schedule in some weekly downtime and make a commitment to yourself that you’ll spend that time doing something that brings you joy.
Have a self care tip to add? Share in the comments below!