One of the things we as mother’s tend to do is neglect truly caring for ourselves and it shouldn’t be that way.
Putting my physical and emotional health and well-being at the forefront is essential for not only myself but for my children.
It doesn’t take a lot to lead a more healthier and self-care conscious lifestyle. A few things I like to do to take care of me include:
- ME time – Me time is taking some time out for just myself. Whether it’s heading out to a local bookstore and perusing the shelves with a favourite cup of coffee, enjoying a lunch date with a friend, getting my hair done or just a glass of wine with my favourite music in the bathtub (uninterrupted, hopefully). Another great way to incorporate self-care during some ME time is taking up a new hobby that you enjoy like painting or gardening.
- Aromatherapy – I personally am a huge fan and advocate for aromatherapy using essential oils. I find them so therapeutic. I use them for bathes and I run a diffuser with diffusing oil blends dependent on the mood I’m trying to achieve (whether its for bedtime and relaxation or more energy).
- Exercise – I’m not an avid exerciser at all, and I will admit that. However, with that said, I do make sure to find some time to get in a little workout a few days in my week. 30 minutes a day is good enough! A power walk on the treadmill reading a book or watching my favourite tv series, long walks with the family, a little zumba dance party or Just Dance on the Wii with the kids — it all adds up! Bonus: Dancing leads to smiles and laughter which equals tons and tons of good-for-you endorphins! Exercise (and even just simple activities) can sometimes lead to muscle pains (this is evident as you *cough* “mature”), so one product I recommend that often helps eliminate the aches and pains is Aleve Back and Body Pain Reliever.
- Get Outside – I cannot stress this one enough. There is something extremely powerful and soothing about being surrounded by nature. Get outdoors and go for a nice walk, preferably surrounded by some green and water.
- Stop Dieting – I hate the word ‘Diet”. To me, it’s associated with deprivation so I avoid it. Instead, eat foods that you enjoy with the mindset that you’re eating to live, not living to eat. Food is definitely a major component in your health and fuels you for your days. Choose wisely but don’t deprive yourself of the occasional treat. In moderation!
- Take your Vitamins! Gone are the days of massive, icky vitamins with One A Day Gummy Multivitamins. These are my favourite and aid in keeping my health on top.
- Stay Positive – Sometimes I know this can be easier said than done, but it’s proven that thinking happy and positive thoughts, reading heart-happy, motivational and inspiring quotes and books and being around uplifting, accepting people is good for your health (and soul!). And always tends to shift your negative energies to good ones. It’s all about those good vibes.
Self-Care for a Better Life
Did you know July 24th is International Self-Care Day?
International Self-Care Day (ISD) is a worldwide campaign encouraging responsible self-care. We celebrate Self-Care Day on July 24th as a reminder that the benefits are life long and can be felt 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
What type of activities fall under the umbrella of Self-Care?
- Making healthy lifestyle choices, like exercising and healthy eating
- Using the tools available to us to diagnose and treat symptoms when we get sick
- Making smart healthcare choices, including choosing the right products and medicines
- Self-treating and monitoring minor ailments
- Improving health literacy and access to tools that enable better self-care
Why is Self-Care important?
- Taking better care of ourselves and understanding the products and services that can support self-care not only helps us lead healthier lives, but alleviates strain on our healthcare system by keeping people out of walk-ins and emergency rooms, which helps improve healthcare sustainability.
- Aging populations and the rise of chronic disease are putting new financial pressures on healthcare systems around the world. If we all adopt self-practices, we help direct resources to patients who need it the most, while helping our own bodies and minds to thrive.
Bayer has been a staple brand in my home and medicine cabinet for plenty of years. Their products and resources have been pivotal in helping me and my family lead a healthy, active life and making smarter choices about our health needs. Each year, tens of millions of people around the world use Bayer Consumer Health products to prevent or treat common ailments and help support optimum health. That’s why Bayer, a global health products leader, is working to educate consumers on how Better Self-Care for a Better Life can make a difference in health and quality of life, and help alleviate some of the strain on our health care system.
Self-Care Day Challenge and Giveaway!
In support of International Self-Care Day on July 24th, I challenge you to share your self-care practices.
To help get you started, Bayer has created a Self-care Calendar with one tip for each day of the month. You can use these every month or create some new ones! Click here to download.
As the owner of of Self-Care Day on Amazon.ca, Bayer wants you to participate in the Self-Care Day Challenge by sharing how you practice self-care and encouraging your friends and family to do the same.
10 of my readers will win a $15 Amazon.ca gift card to help you select Bayer products that you need to practice self-care.
Savings: Bayer is making it even easier to practice self-care with their Buy 3, Save $10 promotion, eligible on almost all Bayer products sold on Amazon during the month of July.
To enter to win, simply leave a comment below sharing ways you self-care.
Contest is open to Canadian residents over the age of 18.
Self-Care Day Challenge Giveaway