"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." - Dalai Lama
The world is full of conflict and anger right now and it’s easy to lose yourself in all of it. That's why the world needs compassion more than ever right now - starting with you! Here are a few of our favorite methods of self-care:
Studies show that petting your cat or dog feels can lower your blood pressure, help your body release a relaxation hormone, and cut down on levels of a stress hormone. Don’t have a companion animal? Visit the local shelter or animal sanctuary and help save a life! #whorescuedwho
Get outside! Whether you’re hiking, gardening, or just enjoying a book in the park, it only takes five minutes of "green exercise" to a lower risk of depression. A study showed that 95% of people report an improvement in mood after being outside.
Hydrotherapy can have many beneficial effects on the body. From improving circulation to increasing lung capacity and oxygen intake to soothing sore muscles. A soak in the tub can do the body good! Indulge in some vegan-friendly, detoxifying bath salts from our friends at Simple Body Organics!
In the stillness of meditation, we begin to gently release ego thoughts connected with stress, fear, anxiety, success and failure. We begin to trust the movement of life. Each step along the path of life – regardless of the destination – is an exciting part of the adventure. The moments themselves are the gift; the journey itself, the rich reward.
Whether it’s finally scheduling that long overdue hair cut, making an appointment for a massage as a special treat or a spa night at home, take some time for yourself.
It is crucial to take care of yourself in times like these – after all, if you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of anyone else!