I mentioned this briefly in some of my posts about my last race, but I truly, truly believe that focusing on self care and healing my body over the last couple of months helped me get my personal records for that race, AND race strong and not deal with my usual issues (shoulder pain, dehydration). I’m STILL taking the time to care for my body and spirit, and dial all of those little issues in, but gosh, I just can’t say enough about it.
This has been a game changer for me.
Self-care can be different for each person, and it has been different for me at different times in my life, but right now, these are the things that help me feel my absolute best. They help me relax—body and mind—and my theory is that when we practice being in that relaxed state, we can better access it throughout our day—whether that be at work, exercising, interacting with others, etc.
I’ve chosen 5 different self-care practices to share with you today, all at different price ranges so you have options of new things to try, regardless of your budget!
– Meditation Apps (FREE!) — I’ve used a number of different meditation apps over the last couple of years, but lately I’m really loving Insight Timer! It is free, and also has a social component to it (I have only like, one friend on there, but it’s fun to see what meditations she’s doing, and I’ll click over to those to try them out sometime). There are hundreds of free guided meditations, calming music tracks, speeches, and more on the app, in a lot of different categories. I’ve really been loving it.
– Lemon Water ($0.50-$1) — Lemon helps to detox the body, and the flavor also lifts my mood! Sometimes I drink it cold, and sometimes I warm it up and add a little bit of apple cider vinegar for more detoxification and digestion benefits. I’ve even bought a really beautiful ceramic mug to drink my lemon water in, to make it an occasion. Don’t have fresh lemon? Consider buying a bottle of lemon essential oil (I recommend doterra, as I firmly trust their quality of oils, and they are safe to ingest for most people. Lemon costs $10 and will last you a while)—the taste of lemon essential oil is a bit different than fresh lemon juice, as you are consuming the cold pressed lemon RIND instead of the juice, but it still holds benefits, and is delicious in its own way!
– Yoga ($15-35) — You already know I love yoga, but I’ve been trying to do more of it lately, even just in my own tiny bedroom. While there are many different yoga programs out there (from free on YouTube, to sometimes close to $100/month at certain yoga studios), I’m just going to direct you over to my own offerings in this area 😉 – While I have some videos up on my tiny YouTube channel (more coming soon!), I offer quite a few more videos and materials on my Udemy course (get it for only $15 with code INSTA40), and will be teaching local classes again in Orem, Utah (pre-register for sessions here)! I love teaching yoga, and I love sharing that with you!
– Infrared Sauna ($15-30) — I have fallen in LOVE with the infrared sauna! I first heard about it when writer Sarah Wilson shared about its benefits for anxiety specifically (here and here), but when my body was having a hard time recovering from some workouts last December, I finally decided to give it a try (because it’s great to help the body detox and heal as well). This is one of the simplest ways for me to relax—like, completely relax! I just step into that warmth and my whole body calms down. It’s a very meditative time for me and I value that so much. For more info on infrared saunas, see my past Instagram post here. Local Utah friends, I recommend Seven Serenity in Orem for their infrared sauna!
– Massage + Cupping ($40-100) — Shoutout to my beloved friend Kathryn Kelly—beautiful goddess and my spirit animal—for gifting me a massage for my birthday this year. I decided to try a new thing and added cupping to the session, and let me tell you, I can’t remember a time I felt THAT relaxed. The sensation of cupping was definitely new, but I wouldn’t say painful. And the massage? So good. (I’ve had massages in the past, but I don’t think I was as in tune with my body or confident enough to speak up and say what I needed. This time, I was totally fine recognizing and communicating those needs). Afterward I was practically floating on a cloud, and the parts of me that usually hold the most stress (shoulders especially) felt so loose and incredible. I kept costs low by going to a local massage school that received amazing reviews online, but I know a lot of people who are willing to invest good money for the right massage therapist who can help them with their specific needs. Do what works for you. I love my gal, so I’m going to stick with her, but I’m also going to keep her to myself for now, haha! Speaking of… time to book my next appointment! 🙂
Let me know if you try any of these things! Have any other favorite self-care tips? DM me on Instagram! I’d love to hear about them!