Easy and Cheap Ways to do Self-Care

When was the last time you checked-out you Instagram account and saw hashtags like #selfcare? As more and more people get their mindset open to the idea on the importance of Self-Care, others are still left with the same old thinking that Self-Care can only be achieved by going on vacation or to the spa.

In hopes to change that way of thinking, here’s a list of easy and cheap ways on how Self-Care can be done and achieve without costing you much:

BREATHING EXERCISE

One doesn’t require much tools to know if a person is alive or not. No matter how much innovation in technology people are making this days, it still simply takes one to check a person if they’re breathing or not to know that a person is alive. How ironic it is that more and more people alive aren’t aware that they are still breathing. They let days simply slip into weeks, then months, and years without them noticing.

One way of taking care of yourself is by simply noticing that you’re still breathing. Listening to how you breathe is easy to do, can be done anywhere, and almost at any time of the day. Got a minute or two to scroll in Facebook or Instagram? Why not use that to do some breathing exercise instead and appreciate your existence? Read from this article the benefits you can get from doing breathing exercises.

CLICK HERE to try doing breathing exercise. It only takes a minute to do it. I hope you spare a minute to do so.

DRINKING WATER

Do you know that a man can only live up to 3 days or as others claim, 7-8 days without drinking water WHILE live to about 52 to 74 days if they do so? That’s how important drinking water is to our body.

We all are thought that we should be drinking 8-10 glasses of water each day to keep ourselves hydrated. The question is….do we do it? As humans, we always want facts to be pin-pointed to us before we follow, so I hope this list of the BENEFITS OF DRINKING WATER would shed you some light if you’re one of those who don’t drink water that much.

FUN FACT: I myself isn’t a water drinking as well. As I strive to do better with my water drinking skills, I’ve found ways to make things easier by setting an alarm as a reminder. On different times of a day, my phone (which is usually with me) would then remind me, DRINK WATER🚰

If you’re struggling as well, maybe this tip of mind could help you too!

SLEEP EARLY

I know that I’d be getting a lot of rolling eyes from all my nocturnal friends out there but still, this article won’t be complete without me including this on the list. Yes, we all need to know the importance of sleep.

If you love watching in NETFLIX, I’m guessing you’ve come across this movie called “AWAKE” already. This movie depicts clearly how important sleep is in our daily lives. Knowing How to Prioritise Sleep and include it in our daily schedule is a need for us to function well as a human being.

EXERCISE

With so much ways available on the internet on how we could exercise, there’s no doubt one could find one that fits their interest. The BIG question though is….are we interested enough to check out on those ways? And if so, do we try to make it a habit in doing so? That’s for you to answer.

There’s so much things we can benefit from simply doing a simply exercise daily. Releasing of the chemical known as endorphins is one of it. This endorphins is responsible to interact with the receptors of your brain which helps you to reduce feeling pain. So if there’s something in your body that you feel is aching, do some exercise. Endorphins also help trigger positivity within us. So that makes not only your physical pain go away but even your emotional pain as well.

Take note that contrary to what you usually see in Social Media, exercising doesn’t mean going to the gym nor having any necessary equipment at home. The simplest exercise you can do everyday is to walk. Just make sure you don’t stroll but brisk walk to make sure your heart beats as it needs to and make that walk count as an exercise.

MINDFUL EATING

Not everyone is blessed to choose the food that they can eat. Sadly, despite having the opportunity to choose, many still fall victim to those marketing ads which do not tell you the truth. Want to know the truth? Always check those Nutritional Fact Labels to see how much sugar or salt the food you are buying does have. I’m pretty sure you’ll be shocked at what you see on it compared to those “less sugar” or “all natural” advertising words they put in the front of each product is.

Don’t get me wrong, mindful eating doesn’t mean depriving yourself from eating. You won’t be able to enjoy life as much as you could if you are deprived of something. The word “mindful” is the key to doing it right. By being “mindful” of your portions, “mindful” of how you savour each bite, and “mindful” of the nutrition your body gets from the food choices you eat, then you’ll surely, without a doubt be eating healthily without effort at all.

FIND SILENCE

When was the last time you find yourself in complete silence? Where was it and how long are you able to stay at that moment before you felt it uncomfortable? Living in this chaotic world gives us less and less opportunity to be on that state of mind. Add kids to the formula (if you’re a parent) and you’ll get twice as less of that opportunity.

With that in mind, the only way to do it is to add this few minutes of silence to your schedule. One of the best timing I can give you is the moment you wake up. That few minutes after you turned off your alarm and before you say your gratitude for the new day that has been given to you.

In this moment of silence, you get to think nothing yet be awake and in a state of awareness. By simply doing this for 5-10 minutes can help you enormously as you face your day.

SMILE

The world may be filled with cruelty yet a simple smile can make a different story. When was the last time you smiled at someone? Having masked faces due to precautions to Covid makes this more difficult to do so smiling with your eyes can help too.

I personally love doing what the Japanese does to spare myself from being though of a crazy woman. I do a short bow with a smile whenever I do it. Making sure to pick on the people you do this though so you don’t get the wrong impression on what you’re doing. The bus driver whom you pass by every time you ride the bus is one great example on who you can do this. The person you buy food from is another.

STOP PROCRASTINATING

This is one trait most of us have yet fail to recognise. I myself fell victim to this for the longest time as well and it took me a long time of adding mindfulness to my lifestyle to get over it.

Procrastinating is an action of unnecessarily or voluntarily delaying on doing something despite knowing the negative consequences of it, according to Wikipedia. When we’re faced with something we find difficulty in doing or don’t want to do, we often find excuses on doing it.

As humans, we’re very good at doing this. In all honesty, how many tasks have you chose not to do at a given moment you’ve been given to do so just because you don’t feel on doing it?

If only we try our best to JUST DO IT, whatever that task is, then we won’t be left with a long list of to-do’s, end our day feeling unsatisfied, and make a day slip from our hands without accomplishing anything.

Try a day doing what is needed without giving procrastinating, you’ll surely feel accomplished, important, and increase that self-esteem.

CLEAN UP

Keeping your surroundings tidy makes a big difference. You’ll quickly have this feeling that your brain work is better. Even the act of cleaning up your space also counts as Self-Care as it gives you time to focus brain to focus on one task and make you finish a goal in just a couple of minutes/hours.

If you’re reading till this part, THANK YOU! I hope you’ve learned a thing or two and get to realise that doing Self-Care doesn’t really need to cost you much. All you need is the determination and mindset to do it. A simple Self-Care habit a day can help you improve your life and lifestyle.

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Easy ways to Step up your Daily Habits

We all have heard of eating healthy, keeping hydrated, exercising, and getting enough sleep if you are gearing towards living a healthy lifestyle, or what we love saying, living with the right habits.

By all means, those are all great and if done, will help you tremendously. If, and only if, you would want to go a step further though, there’s still tons of ways you can add to that! Take note that like all the other habits, these doesn’t necessarily need you to do much nor spend tons of money. What it needs is you doing it on a daily basis to see some effect.

Here are some next level daily habit ideas you can add to your daily ones:

DRY SKIN BRUSHING  

Our skin is the largest organ in our body, sometimes referred to as the third kidney, therefore, it is vital for our skin to do detoxification as well. Skin brushing is one way to do it. I just checked on Shopee for less than SGD 10.

Here’s how to skin brush:

  • Skin brush with a dry brush before you shower or bathe.
  • Always brush towards your heart, with the flow of the lymphatic fluid.
  • Begin at the soles of your feet, then move up your legs, brushing in circular motions.
  • Brush your chest and shoulders towards your heart in long strokes, then start at the fingertips and brush towards your body. Use small, circular strokes in your armpits.
  • It is suggested you move in a circular motion counterclockwise on your stomach to respect the direction of digestion and encourage detoxification.
  • Follow with a shower or bath using an all-natural soap.

TONGUE SCRAPING

I’ve been personally doing this for the past 3 weeks and though I haven’t seen real evidence on how it had helped with my digestion and liver, I am always left in awe on how disgustingly dirty my tongue is every time I scrape it. I might confess that it has been slowly turning into an addiction actually scraping my tongue.

So what are the benefits of doing this, you might ask? Tongue scraping every morning allows you to remove bacteria that can lead to poor digestion and liver stagnation.

I suggest tongue scraping before brushing your teeth. We got ours from Shopee as we needed new toothbrushes. I was quite skeptical on getting one so this toothbrush with a tongue scraper at the other end was a great way to try it out.

Doing it isn’t as complicated as you think. Simply use Use a tongue scraper or even a spoon, if you don’t have one, and reach as far back as possible, and pull forward, scraping off the white film, which is what you call the candida and streptococcus mutans.

EPSOM SALT BATHS 

Salt bath has been one of the most used one from this list. There’s different salt baths sold nowadays as part of Self-Care kits. Soaking for 20 minutes in an Epsom salt bath is of the most wonderful way to detoxify the body and relax the soul.

Try making one yourself if you are not keen to buying one. I’m sure you can find almost all of the ingredients available in your kitchen.

Here’s an easy recipe to make one:

Use that while in a warm bath and enjoy a nice cup of tea afterwards…Ahhh..I’m feeling relaxed already just writing this.haha

REBOUNDING 

Okay, let’s not complicate this too much. It’s basically a trampoline. This has been proven to be effective for lymphatic drainage. It is suggested to do rebounding for 15 minutes per day. Who would have thought, right?!

Anyways, I’ve been living in Singapore for more than a decade already and it’s very clear that we can’t have those backyard trampoline we see the Westerners can have due to space constraints. Well, no excuses here! Decathlon have these Fitness Trampoline fit for a single person with a front bar (I think for safety purposes) for S$120 while a Cardio Fitness Trampoline (without front bar) costs S$ 50. Great options so there won’t be any excuses to do Self-Care!

SWEATING

Not sure if this should still be included on the list but let’s just add it anyway. Committing to do at least 15 minutes of exercise a day just breaking a sweat can make a big difference already. Sweat releases toxins from the body, and regular exercise helps get the blood moving. This is essential for our body to have a healthy metabolism.

There’s a lot of ways to do exercising without exerting much effort. You can try brisk walking, jogging, rebounding, or cycling. Try going into YouTube and you’ll find tons of videos you can follow to break a sweat.

Another method to work up a sweat is by going in a sauna, a steam room, or a hot bath. It is essential to make sure to hydrate after sweating.

OIL PULLING

I first heard of oil pulling when I had the opportunity to interview Hema Dadhwal, an Instagram Influencer and Holistic Lifestyle Guru in one of my episodes of Women’s Self-Care Series. This has been part of her Self-Care habits. Truly, oil pulling has been one of the common detoxification practice for centuries. Coconut oil are the most commonly used kind of oil in doing this. 

Here’s how to do oil pulling:

  • Put 1-2 tablespoons of oil in your mouth
  • Swish the oil for 5-20 minutes
  • Spit the oil in the trash can (to avoid it hardening and clogging up your sink)
  • Rinse your mouth with water and sea salt
  • Brush your teeth

Take Note: Oil pulling should be done on an empty stomach to ensure maximum benefits. The best times to do this are upon waking up or before going to bed. 

If you are doing both oil pulling and tongue scraping, it is suggest you start with the oil pulling first.

Are you loving this article or you think it’s a bit too complicated for you? Try reading my previous article on Easy habits you can start for a better Lifestyle. Remember, we shouldn’t overwhelm ourselves doing anything. Life is too short not to do things with joy and happiness.

Let me know in the comments which new daily habits are you looking most likely to add to your current ones!

Easy to start habits for a better Lifestyle

We all hear that life is better lived if you live a Healthy Lifestyle. But how does one live a Healthy Lifestyle? How much does it cost? How much time does it require to do?

Great news folks! Adapting to a healthy lifestyle isn’t as hard as you think it is. You don’t even need to exert extra time for it. What you’ll need though is a hefty mind set to change. Adapting to this easy to follow great habits needs consistency.

Don’t worry much though. That’s why it’s called a habit. You make it your auto-pilot instead of the not-so-healthy lifestyle you’ve been currently having.

So here’s how you do it:

UPON WAKING, DRINK LEMON WATER. There’s tons of benefits you can get from doing this. You most probably will be drinking water when you wake up, so just squeeze some lemon and you’re good to go!

BEFORE EATING, DO DEEP BREATHING FOR 3 MINUTES. This helps flood your body with oxygen, which will inculcate the habit of mindful eating. Amazing right?!

EXERCISE 3-5 TIMES A WEEK. There’s always time to do this. Too busy with work? Use the stairs instead of the escalator on your way to work. Too busy with housework? Do some squats while waiting for the dinner to simmer. As I’ve told you, it’s the mindset that we need to twerk here. We always have time. It’s how we use it that makes a difference.

LAUGH UNTIL YOU ALMOST PEE YOUR PANTS. Have you noticed how you somehow lost that silly and giggly part of you as you grow old? Blame it to ever growing responsibilities that seemed to never end that’s put on our shoulders. Despite that fact, ensuring the child in us still remains, us laughing our hearts out, not only makes us feel younger but also makes life lived happier. There’s so much to be grateful and happy in life, so why not celebrate, right?!

FIND TIME TO DO SELF-CARE. You might be wondering how there isn’t any on the list yet that would cost you a leg or arm, then this comes up ,and you’re like, AHA! This surely would be expensive…try again! There’s much more Self-Care that you can do that won’t cost you anything at all. Meditate, go for a nature walk, stretch.

GO TO SLEEP AT THE SAME TIME EVERY NIGHT. Sleeping at the same time almost guarantees you to wake up at the same time as well. You do this in preparation for your next day. As our body clock recognises this cycle, it builds strong desire for sleep throughout wakefulness which makes you sleep better the following night. As this cycle continues, our body is able to have that full rest it needs which makes our body more alert and healthy.

STOP EATING 2 HOURS BEFORE BED. If we eat until before we sleep, we are making our body do overtime instead of it going for a rest just like we do. This results for us feel heavy and tired even upon waking up.

SET DAILY AFFIRMATIONS. Our mind is more powerful than we think it is. When our mindset is in its great disposition, you’re able to create better output in whatever you are doing. Your mood is better, you feel happier, and you are better to be with. Feeding your mind early in the morning helps make this happen. What’s great with this is that it doesn’t take much of your time to say or read an affirmation or two, so why not?!

Energy is endless. Too often we are depleting our energy because we are allowing people to take it away. Set healthy boundaries and feed your body with healthy food, water, and nutrients it so desperately needs and don’t forget to feed your mind too!

If you’re a mom, you might want to read this as it is made specifically for YOU!

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