Ask for help.
Every queen knows that it takes a royal court to help facilitate all the happenings within her queen- dom. The queen doesn’t do it all alone. Remember to ask for help and practice the art of delegation. We feel so uncomfortable asking others to help us, but we need to realize that we can do more and better when we have support.
Take a nap.
That’s right, nap time is no longer for toddlers. It’s a very useful wellness tool. When we take naps, we create space for our dreams. We allow the body to recover from the stress of our day. If you’re too busy during the week to take an 8-to-20-minute nap, set aside some time on the weekend to tuck yourself into your bed or find a nice cozy resting space and catch some Zs.
Be a friend.
Cherish your friends. Having a good friend to lean on for support is important for your mental and emotional well-being. Having someone to talk to, confide in, and share hopes, dreams, laughter, secrets, and support with is a blessing. If you want to have a friend, you must be a friend. You never know what your friends may be going through. Pick up the phone and tell your friends how much you love them. Make plans for a visit, take a hike together, or go to yoga class.
Soak it out.
A mixture of Dead Sea salt, Epsom salts, essential oils like lavender, and hot water is the perfect ending to a long day. To really do it big, treat yourself to a nice scented candle or two. Shut off the phone and the lights and relax in the tub for a minimum of 15 minutes. Soaking detoxifies your cells, soothes tense muscles, and puts your mind at ease, too.
Get up and glow.
Exercise during the mornings when- ever possible. When you move your body at the start of your day, it decreases your appetite and stimulates the thyroid to burn calories all day long. Try power yoga, walking, jogging, swimming, or spinning, and add some resistance training at the end of the workout to further stimulate the fat-burning process. This might include push-ups, pull-ups, crunches, and squats. Or, instead of a morning gym routine, you could do some of the things you love outdoors in the early-morning sunshine, like Rollerblading, bike-riding, recreational sports, dancing, or walking. When you do what you love, you’re happiest. It’s exercise without the effort.
Stress is the body’s response to perceived threat. The emotional effects of stress include lack of forgiveness, distrust, and lack of intimacy. Negative thoughts can activate stress. The antidote to stress is breathing since it elicits the relaxation response. Hugging is therapeutic medicine; it calms the nervous system and induces the relaxation response. If the embrace lasts at least 20 seconds, the neurotransmitter oxytocin is released, creating an increased sense of bonding. If there is no one around for you to hug, cuddle up under a weighted blanket to feel swaddled and supported.