Self-care and mental wellness are very important components of a perfect fitness routine. Read on for self-care tips and tricks by Sheila Olson of FitSheila.com!

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Are you looking for ways to balance your fitness routine with overall self-care? Self-care is all over the news and media these days, but incorporating new practices into a busy schedule can seem daunting. Luckily, self-care is as easy as changing up a few of the simple habits you already practice every day. Try these tricks to blend self-care in with your fitness routine and your overall way of life.

Find Ways to Reduce Stress

If you’ve created a steady fitness routine, you’re already taking steps to cut out stress. Exercise is a good way to melt away the pressure and strain of a busy day, but you may need a boost during those really tough times. If you usually burn calories on a treadmill, try taking a yoga class instead to torch calories and tame the stress of a really hard day. In fact, adding yoga to your normal fitness routine is a great way to keep muscles and joints healthy, in addition to helping you decompress. 

 

Create Mindfulness Practices and Spaces

Exercise and diet help keep your body fit. Taking some time each day to reflect and stay mindful is a good way to keep your mind and spirit strong. Simple meditation practices have been proven to reduce stress, focus the mind and keep people healthier and happier. Make mindfulness a regular and convenient part of your day by creating a meditation space in your home. Pick out a quiet room, corner, or even closet in your house, and add a comfy cushion and some calming candles to create your own meditation retreat at home.

 

Promote Rest through Relaxation

If you’re skipping out on sleep to get your workouts in, you’re doing it wrong. Studies show that sleep can have more of an impact on your weight and health than food and exercise, so create an environment and routine that promotes relaxation every evening. Keep your bedroom dark with blackout curtains and only use warm, soft lighting inside. Invest in quality pillows to support your neck while you rest and keep your body aligned. If you still have trouble falling asleep, try a noise machine to help quiet your mind. A good sleep routine can improve your fitness and overall well-being. 

 

Recharge Your Wake Up Routine

Waking up at the same time each day can keep your body in a positive rhythm. Try rising with the sun each morning and giving yourself time to truly awaken to the day without rushing around. Take a few deep breaths as soon as you start to stir, and then set a positive intention before your feet hit the floor. If you have time, take your morning coffee or tea outside, and enjoy some fresh air and a connection to nature before you begin your day. Studies show that just a few minutes outside each day can boost your mood and your health.

 

Take Control of Your Mental Health

Fitness is a great way to take charge of your health, but be sure to address your mental health as well. If you struggle with feelings of anxiety or depression, keeping yourself in shape can improve your symptoms, but you may need more to really feel stable. Don’t be afraid or ashamed to address your mental health issues and get help if you need it. A licensed counselor can recommend ways to take control of your emotions and may even be able to prescribe medications to help you feel better. Most people can benefit from counseling, so seek out the help you need to keep your mind as strong as your body.

 If you’ve gotten yourself into a good fitness routine, you’re already taking steps to take care of your health. Self-care is another essential element in looking and feeling your best. Make your efforts matter more by revamping your regular habits to include a little self-care every single day.

(This article is a guest-blog post written by Sheila Olson. You can reach Sheila by contacting info@fitsheila.com)

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