Written By: KRISTA GONCALVES
So, you’re a busy Health Expert and you spend all your time helping others live happier, healthier lives.
They look to you for guidance, sometimes answers, or just to help them uncover the answers within.
To recap: you love your job (and you’re great at it), your clients love you, and your schedule is fully booked for months ahead!
(And on many levels, I hope this does sound like you, or that you’re on your way to manifesting this scenario.)
It’s great that you’re busy helping other people re-prioritize, get healthier, practice self-care and sometimes most importantly...practice self-love.
It’s incredibly rewarding work - that’s why we do it!
While this is all well + good, are you actually taking your own advice, and taking care of yourself?
TRUTH: Health Experts & Wellness Coaches are often the guiltiest of neglecting their own self care!
Let’s change the narrative and get back on our respective games, both personally and professionally, with some easy ways to reconnect and tend to our own needs.
3 Simple Ways To Get Re-energized and Back On Your Wellpreneur Game
1. Detox the devices
There’s no question that electronic devices, and their mesmerizing blue light, can be to blame for many health issues. Conditions such as headaches, harm to eye health, and disruption of circadian rhythms - to addictive and negative behaviour patterns such as “checked-out parent syndrome”!
So I’m all for doing device detoxes, and reducing blue light exposure often and whenever possible.
Read Harvard Medical School publication on this.
2. Ditch the alcohol
Having a glass of wine, beer or other alcoholic beverage is often many people’s go-to for decompressing and taking the edge off after a long or stress-filled day.
However, the reality is that relying on alcohol as a de-stress tool will only lead to a vicious cycle of increased stress hormones, sleep disturbances, lowered sex drive (yikes!), and likely even gain weight.
Having a drink now and then is fine, but try to seek out other more healthful ways to cope with stress.
For more about the effects of alcohol & stress, and to understand why alcohol can be especially detrimental to anxiety - read the CNN.com report here.
3. Create your own mini spa environment
Aim to DIY your way to the spa at least once a week. I mean, who doesn’t love a relaxing spa treatment? Create your own little slice of bliss....here’s how!
DIY Foot Spa Recipe
¼ cup Epsom salt
½ cup baking soda
3 drops peppermint + 3 drops rosemary or lavender essential oil
Optional: add 1 drop eucalyptus essential oil for added aromatherapy benefit
4-5 litres hot water
Foot bath pan
In a large pot, pan or foot bath, add the above ingredients to an amount of water that’s enough to fully immerse feet, with a temperature that’s hot, but tolerable. Stir to just dissolve.
After soaking for 10-20 minutes, dry feet and rub with a natural, deep moisturizer like coconut oil, shea butter or olive oil - then put some old socks on to allow the oils to absorb.
Extra bliss tip: add your kids’ marbles to the foot bath and roll your feet around and over top of them. DIY reflexology!
Extra foot care tip: after a full soaking, and right before removing your feet from the bath, scrub your heels with a coarse loofah or foot file to remove all of the dead skin and calluses. Rinse your feet, and foot file, then pat dry and continue with moisturizing step.
It’s imperative that you respect and honour your own health if you’re going to put your best foot forward (pun intended!) in your health & wellness-focused business.
Now go get your DIY spa on and nourish yourself deeply, physically, emotionally and mentally - whenever possible!
Feel free to connect with Krista on Facebook @MakingLemonadeHealth
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