Self-care tips: mind, body and soul

Hey ladies!  Self care includes taking care of your mind, body and soul.  Last week I did something for my body by having my annual physical exam.  This is the first time that I’ve been to the doctor in YEARS!  Shame on me but I’m just glad that I finally made the appointment and went.  I will be 40 years old next year and I want to make sure that I’m taking the necessary steps to be healthy.  Part of being healthy is one’s ability to practice and sustain self care.  So I would like to propose five self-care practices that are budget friendly and can be implemented today.

Prayer

Simply put prayer is communication with our Heavenly Father.  Prayer is not just a one time occurrence but according to I Thessalonians 5:17 we are to “pray continually”.  What do we pray about?  In Philippians (AMP) 4:6 it says “Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything (every circumstance and situation) by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your (specific) requests known to God.  When we talk to our heavenly Father we have his full attention and He loves to speak back to us through His word.  We talk about my hopes, joys, frustration and I can be known to ramble or just be silent.  After I have shared my heart he gently reminds me of His promises and I am encouraged to keep moving.  Not sure where to start?  Check out my current prayers rooted in scripture.

  • I Thessalonians 5:18 – gratitude
  • Isaiah 26:3 – peace
  • Hebrews 13:5b – friendship
  • Philippians 1:6 – purpose
  • Isaiah 41:10 – hope
  • Hebrews 12:2 – endurance

Sleep

I know what you’re thinking…easier said than done I have a million chores to tackle and I have too much on my mind to rest peacefully.  Check out Psalm 3:5.  It is imperative that we not only get 6-8 hours of sleep but we need good quality sleep as well.  For all my moms who have experience sleep deprivation we know that mental fogginess, mood changes and exhaustion are real.  These things hinder us from making wise decisions, tapping into our creative genius and can impact our overall health.  Our bodies need rest and they need recharged.  The same is true of our minds.  Now do I get 6-8 hours of sleep every night? No, but I try not to go consecutive days without being in bed by 10 pm.  Here are a few practical steps to achieving great sleep.

  • Turn off the TV
  • Turn your phone on Do Not Disturb
  • Cast your cares on the Lord I Peter 5:7
  • Try a white noise machine

Activity

We all know we need to exercise.  I chose the word activity to lessen the blow and to hopefully present another option besides spending an hour in the gym.  My physician told me to strive to get 120 minutes of activity a week which equates to 30 minutes of activity 4x/week.  Right now for me that looks like playing T-ball or soccer in the backyard with my kids.  I want to encourage you to find something that you will enjoy.  The benefits are numerous and your mind, body and soul will thank you.  I have to remind myself that part of self-care requires me to be intentional and to participate in some good old-fashioned work.  ‘Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” James 5:17.

Water

Simple right.  Grab or purchase a reusable water bottle, fill, repeat and drink, drink, drink.  If you aren’t a fan of water then try making your own infused water.  With the addition of lemon, cucumber, lime or any fruit you can create a refreshing taste that will encourage you to drink.  The body is comprised of 60% water and your blood is comprising of 92% water.  Water is essential for many bodily functions, therefore, it is important to consume eight 8-ounce glasses or ½ gallon a day.  While you’re drinking your physical water don’t forget what Jesus said “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”  John 7:37b – 38

 

Supplements: Calcium

Our bones are the foundation that our bodies are built upon.  Fragile and brittle bones can lead to many alignments, disabilities and a decrease in one’s quality of life.  At the conclusion of my doctor’s appointment he suggested that I start taking a calcium supplement with vitamin D.  Calcium is a mineral that helps to build and protect our bones.  Our bones are anchors for our muscles to create movement and some bones protect our vital organs.  I want to make sure that I do whatever is necessary to protect my bone health.  Not only do we need a strong physical foundation but the same is true for us spiritually.  I love how the psalmist says “Truly he is my rock and my salvation, he is my fortress, I will not be shaken” Psalm 62:6.

 

Let’s take the time to care for ourselves both physically and spiritually.  I have found that they work in harmony together to create a better whole me!  Here’s to a refreshed, rejuvenated and renewed you.

5 practical self care tips