Self-care was once seen just as managing your physical health. But physical well being is now understood to be directly connected to emotional well being, and they are both connected to psychological and spiritual well being. In other words, self-care is vital for a happy, healthy and positive life.
Check out our Self-care guide and tips this September.
The Four Pillars
This encompasses a healthy diet, regular exercise, good sleep habits, good personal hygiene, and a low intake of things like alcohol and tobacco. It also involves seeking health practitioners when required such as doctors, dentists and optometrists. Taking care of your physical health leads to greater energy, more mental clarity, less worry, and potentially less illness and a longer life.
Connected to emotional health, this includes keeping an eye on your stress levels and not letting them get too much. It then involves making choices that lead to feeling connected to others, such as maintaining a healthy social life with people who respect and support you, and practicing positive communication. And finally, it involves self-esteem and showing yourself compassion.
This involves taking time to listen to how you are feeling, and to process and respect your emotions. It is as equally about finding the time for a good cry as it is finding time for laughter. It means striving to be honest with others about how you feel and why. Good emotional self-care also involves cultivating contentment in your life.
This is not necessarily about having a religion. It’s about choosing things in life that make you feel a sense of purpose and give meaning to your days. It involves feeling interconnected with life and others. Taking care of yourself spiritually is also about gravitating towards things that bring you a sense of inner peace, instead of things that cause you pain and drama.
To avoid becoming a slave to your smartphone, you do need a level of self-discipline and, occasionally, a complete break. We’ve listed 8 ways to detox from the digital world.
- Make a gadget list: Before you commit to a detox, try making two lists. Firstly, list all of your gadgets. This will show you how dependent you are on technology. Secondly, make a list of all the things that you enjoy doing in life, but aren’t doing at presently. This will help you realise that, if you cut down your technology use, you’ll gain back hours of time to do things that you find considerably more meaningful than constantly checking Facebook.
- Give yourself an allowance: If you establish a maximum daily time allowance for your devices, then you will be more likely to stick to your detox.
- Ensure you get enough sleep: Try storing devices in a different room to your bedroom overnight. This will stop yourself using them straight before sleep, and first thing in the morning. Make sure you turn all your screens off at least two hours before bed – that means no phone, no laptop, no Ipad.
- Leave your gadgets at home: Try leaving your gadgets at home, or just going out without your headphones once in a while. You may find that you miss very little, and will have more time to do more with your life than spending it watching other people’s worlds through a screen.
- Make an effort to give others your attention: Don’t spend social time with others on your smartphone. Focus on how rude people will think you are if you’re constantly checking your phone.
Let’s get Physical:
Exercise can help improve your mood, give you energy and even extend your life span. If exercise could be made into a pill, it would become a multi-million dollar industry because it had such a significant benefit in almost all areas of health, including mental health.
- Improves mood
- Boosts energy
- Promotes better sleep
- Helps maintain a healthy weight and body image
- Prevents and combats diseases
Take a Breath…
Breathing deeply into your diaphragm has been shown to lower stress levels and help focus your attention. The NHS recommends daily breathing exercises for stress, anxiety and panic attacks, counting 1 to 5 in and 1 to 5 out – they take just a few minutes and can be done anywhere, sitting up or lying down.
Add a breathing exercise to your Spa Day
If you’re interested in trying breathing exercises to reduce stress or anxiety, we’ve got one for you to try…
Pursed Lip breathing
This simple breathing technique makes you slow down your pace of breathing by having you apply deliberate effort in each breath.
Here is how to do it:
- Relax your neck and shoulders
- Keeping your mouth closed, inhale slowly through your nose
for 2 counts
- Pucker or purse your lips as though you were going to whistle
- Exhale slowly by blowing air through your pursed lips for a count of 4
Aim for a refreshing amount of sleep. While this will differ for everyone, generally it’s about eight hours. It’s tempting to stay up late to cram in those last household chores or answer email, but really, the world won’t end if the laundry is dirty for another day. Sleep deprivation causes irritability, poor cognition, impaired reflexes and response time, and chronic sleep deprivation can contribute to depression and anxiety.
Create a short, easy bedtime routine
Stretching or yoga, prayer, or reading a book can be relaxing. But stay away from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop, as the light interferes and interrupts the natural sleep onset. Alcohol near bedtime also interferes with sleep, and is a common cause of nighttime or early-morning awakening.
According to Mind, low mood can be triggered by a drop in blood sugars after a high sugar meal or drink. Protein contains amino acids, which make up the chemicals your brain needs to regulate thoughts and feeling. Research into gut microbiome is new but has observed links between gut and mental health.
Our Aztec Bistro and Bar also serve a range of healthy options. We currently have Buddha bowls available, which allows you to choose what you would like in your salad bowl and we also run 2 for 1 nights on Wednesdays, if you wanted to treat yourself to some good quality food at a good price.
Spa Days at the Aztec Spa
If you’re looking for a spa in Torquay, step into the calm and relaxing atmosphere here at the Aztec Spa and take time out for some sheer indulgence. From just £49, come and relax with us this September.
Get away from it all….treat yourself to one of our Aztec Spa Breaks if you want to indulge in some pure pampering. All of our overnight spa breaks include dinner, bed & breakfast at the TLH Carlton Hotel, full use of the Aztec pool and leisure facilities, free use of the Aztec Gym, together with a range of spa treatments to pamper and revive.
Self-care September Special Offer
Look after yourself this Autumn with our Spa Special Offer!
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Call us on 01803 400190 today to book yourself in for pure relaxation. Take advantage of our amazing special offer this month or come and indulge in a relaxing spa day, we look forward to welcoming you to the Aztec Spa in Torquay.