Best Self Care Tips

Are you thinking about creating a self-care routine and looking for some good self-care tips to get you started on your journey to a better all over wellbeing!? Well, you’re in the right place! In this post shares five best self-care tips that can help support you not only physically but also mentally! We will explore the 8 areas of self-care and what key self-care looks like!

I believe it is the small changes we make that create a huge difference. All these self-care ideas are backed by science, according to goodhousekeeping.com, which I was pleased to learn, knowing I am giving you valuable content.

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What are the 8 areas of self-care?

There are said to be 8 areas of self-care and these areas can also be considered areas of key self-care that can be considered to enhance and look after your wellbeing: these areas are the following:

  • 1 Emotional self-care
  • 2 Spiritual self-care
  • 3 Physical self-care
  • 4 Psychological self-care
  • 5 Financial
  • 6 Social
  • 7 professional
  • 8 Environmental

With some of these key areas of self-care in mind, below I share 5 best self-care tips that you might find useful when including new self-care ideas into your routine: followed by an extra bonus list!

1. RE ENERGIZE

If you are continually working, sharing and giving your energy away, make sure you arrive inwards to top your energy back up! Think of your energy as a cup, and everyone is drinking from that cup; sooner or later, it will dry up. It is so important you keep your cup full overflowing, actually, so the energy you share is the overflowing energy from the cup.


If we are continually giving from an empty cup, we may feel unmotivated, irritated, tired, and even angry. To combat this, you may find ways to top up by resting in a Yoga Nidra, reading, bathing, meditating, walking even just sleeping! All the things that refill you with energy, motivation, inspiration.

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2. EXERCISE

Researched and studies have found that exercise is a great way to look after your body and support mental health; it helps us sleep better, boost our mood, and manage stress and anxiety.


“Doing something physical releases cortisol which helps us manage stress. Being physically active also gives your brain something to focus on and can be a positive coping strategy for difficult times.”

Mind.org.uk

What better way to look after your self than to get your body moving and the circulation flowing. Taking a venture into nature for a walk or run. If you are indoors, why not get your Yoga mat out and gently stretch the body.


If you want to learn about the health benefits of doing a Yoga practice click to take a look at one of my latest blog poses sharing 10 BENEFITS OF YOGA. When we exercise, we release chemicals such as endorphins and serotonin that can help boost our mood and the NHS state that it may support and improve the health of the cardiovascular system, reduce the risk of strokes, diabetes and cancer.

“It can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%.”

www.nhs.uk

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3. GOOD FOOD & WATER

Depending on what we consume, it can make us feel excellent or rubbish; everything we put in the mouth has a certain amount of vitality and life force energy, or it doesn’t! Take time to think about what you eat and drink daily and try to do the very best you can for it. Knowing everything you eat or drink is feeding your body. Instead of drinking that fizzy drink, can you try to have a glass of pure, clear water? Take a small step to more self care, allowing them small step to make a significant change over time.
Eva Selhub explains it wonderfully her article written on the Harvard Medical school website.


“Like an expensive car, your brain functions best when it gets only premium fuel. Eating high-quality foods that contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants nourishes the brain and protects it from oxidative stress — the “waste” (free radicals) produced when the body uses oxygen, which can damage cells.”

Eva Selhub MD.

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4. CLEAR AND CLEAN YOUR SPACE

Self-care tip four is to clean and tidy your space. When we have an unclean and messy space, it has been studied and proven to affect us mentally and physically. When cleaning your area, it can have a profound impact on the way you feel. Here is s snippet from an article shared on Psychology Today.

To read the full article, please click here.

“A 2010 study published in the scientific journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin used linguistic analysis software to measure the way 60 individuals discussed their homes. Women who described their living spaces as “cluttered” or full of “unfinished projects” were more likely to be depressed and fatigued than women who described their homes as “restful” and “restorative.” The researchers also found that women with cluttered homes expressed higher levels of the stresshormone cortisol.”

www.psychologytoday.com


Have a little look round you right now and if things are messy and unclean, find time to clear and clean your space for better self-care; you may feel much better after!


5. DO SOMETHING YOU LOVE

What do you love to do, or what would you love to do that may be you have not done for a long time. It may be watching a feel-good movie, or maybe it’s walking in nature. But take time out of your week to do something that you genuinely love. Perhaps it’s an old hobby you used to enjoy; painting, drawing, singing, candlelight bath or writing. Self-care comes in many ways, and it is genuinely only you who know what you need to offer self-care to yourself.

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What are some good self-care tips and ideas?

Above I list 5 best self-care tips in greater detail, here I will share with you some extra self-care tips and ideas that might be good to also include into your self-care routine!

  • Spend the whole day in bed!
  • Go to the beach
  • Get your nails done
  • Get your hair done
  • Go get a massage or get your partner to massage you!
  • Put a face mask on (home-made or bought)
  • Bake something you love to eat
  • Fast all day on fruit
  • Go to the museum
  • Go to the art gallery
  • Say ‘NO’

Who I am and why I am here

I thought It would be best if I share a one-off post about who I am and why I am here! I’m not particularly eager to give myself labels of any sort: and I find I want to explore many ideas, topics, and I love a sense of freedom against who I am.

So here is what I do and not who I am; I am constantly changing and evolving, so who I may feel I am today may be different to whom I think I am tomorrow. I am constantly doing my best to be the BEST version of myself to share with the world.

Katya

People call me Katya: I am passionate about love, kindness, love, nature, family, pureness, honesty and oneness!

I love to study, research, and write. My favourite topic is Yoga: it may be online yoga, Hatha Yoga, bedtime yoga, back yoga, pregnancy yoga, mediation, Anything that is close and deep to the topic of Yoga I love!

My studies of yoga span out now over 16 years! I know, sixteen years, that feels like a long time, wowsers! That’s a lot of time studying and doing Yoga!

My Yoga journey became religious when I was pregnant! I did Yoga every day of my pregnancy: sometimes twice! I even remember the video and the teacher, Shiva Rea! (thank you, Shiva!) It set me up for a journey in Yoga I would have never expected to happen!

My beautiful boy!

I trained to become a teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga: continuing to train in pregnancy and meditation! BUT me being me (the Virgo seeking more profound understanding in all I do), my training still goes on now reaching 1000+ Hours! I am now embarking on more Yoga training (USA) that I will be excited to share when I finally have reached all the needed teaching hours.

Ok, I haven’t always just done YOGA; I have a deep love for the arts! Especially performance and even from my school years being a thespian is running through my veins.

Before the pandemic hit, I was all set to do a masters MFA in Acting (my degree is in English and creative writing, believe it or not, lol)! I was ready! I wanted to emerge myself deeply in the study and skills of honing my craft as a performer!

I had my accommodation booked, and I could finally fulfil a deep desire to learn the art in detail. Singing and dancing and Shakespeare was calling me, but sadly due to the pandemic, all my plans changed!

You now find me homeschooling getting my son ready for his GCSE’s, and my Yoga is once again my entire focus. How life can flip in a matter of moments is quite something. I love my Yoga, so all is not lost, and I know in the future I may go back and reapply for drama school. I still do bits of acting/modelling when the jobs present themselves: Maybe I will share bits of my acting work as and when I do it.

I have some extremely beautiful and loyal students who join me every week for my online Yoga classes through my membership that I have created! These students I have a deep love for, and I really feel so lucky to have them join me and want to do online Yoga classes with me every week! I love being their yoga instructor! Thank You!

Katya doing Yoga

So this is why I am here! Because I simply love Yoga, I love writing, and I love sharing. I want to write about Yoga: all about it, every area of it: to share with you, to support your yoga journey if you have one, to help you start one if you don’t have one! I want to collaborate with others and build and create a community of sharing and caring to make the world a better place.

I currently teach LIVE online Yoga classes:

  • Wenesday: Hatha Vinyasa – 7-8:00pm (Intermediate)
  • Sunday: Hatha Yoga – 11:00-12:00pm (Mixed)

If you are interested in joining my online yoga classes please get in touch! I hope to see you on the mat real soon.

Thank you for reading to the end! I don’t like talking about myself: I feel it’s quite boring, so I cheer you for reaching the end of my waffle!

Thank you for being here and reading! Love Katya

Morning Gratitude Quotes

Dear friends and readers I wanted to share my top 40 favourite quotes on Gratitude with you that are perfect for every morning wake up. I love reading and sharing quotes in my yoga class and on social media and thought it would be a great idea to blog about it.

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Gratitude is a powerful way to help us feel grateful and contentment for everything we have right here and now. It brings us into a state of peace and allows us to look beyond our worries and woes. It also opens us up to feel more of the same feeling allowing more things on that frequency to enter our existence.

These beautiful quotes are perfect for setting you up for the day: they could also be used in your Yoga class if you are a teacher or just to read to yourself for inspiration and motivation. I would love you to share your favourite quotes in the comments.

40 Good Morning Gratitude Quotes

1. “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” ― Melody Beattie

2. “Being thankful is not always experienced as a natural state of existence, we must work at it, akin to a type of strength training for the heart.” – Larissa Gomez

3. “Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.” – Amy Collette

4. “Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous risks, embracing challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path. Exactly where you are meant to be right now… And from here, you can only go forward, sharpening your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, beauty, wisdom, power, dignity and love.” – Caroline Joy Adams

5. “Gratitude is an antidote to negative emotions, a neutralizer of envy, hostility, worry, and irritation. It is savoring; it is not taking things for granted; it is present-oriented.” – Sonja Lyubomirsky Above are my top 5 quotes, but below I would like to share with you another 35 quotes on gratitude that you may like or use or like to share.

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6. “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” – Denis Waitley

7. “Give yourself a gift of five minutes of contemplation in awe of everything you see around you. Go outside and turn your attention to the many miracles around you. This five-minute-a-day regimen of appreciation and gratitude will help you to focus your life in awe.” – Wayne Dyer

8. “The more you see yourself as what you’d like to become, and act as if what you want is already there, the more you’ll activate those dormant forces that will collaborate to transform your dream into your reality.” – Wayne Dyer

9. “Gratitude is one of the strongest and most transformative states of being. It shifts your perspective from lack to abundance and allows you to focus on the good in your life, which in turn pulls more goodness into your reality.” – Jen Sincero

10. “Every day, think as you wake up: Today I am fortunate to have woken up. I am alive. I have a precious human life. I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry, or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.” – Dala Lama

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11. “When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” ― Anthony Robbins

12. “Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” ― Charles Dickens

13. “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” ― Eckhart Tolle

14. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ― John F. Kennedy

15. “Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” — Buddha

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16. “I live in the space of thankfulness — and for that, I have been rewarded a million times over. I started out giving thanks for small things, and the more thankful I became, the more my bounty increased. That’s because — for sure — what you focus on expands. When you focus on the goodness in life, you create more of it.” – Oprah Winfrey

17. “Being grateful all the time isn’t easy. But it’s when you least feel thankful that you are most in need of what gratitude can give you: perspective. Gratitude can transform any situation. It alters your vibration, moving you from negative energy to positive. It’s the quickest, easiest most powerful way to effect change in your life — this I know for sure.” – Oprah Winfrey

18. “I don’t believe in waiting for great feelings. I need to wire myself for positivity and gratitude. I need to build a highway to those.” – Tony Robbins

19. “The third element of success is your state: You must replace a default state of pessimism or anger with one of determination, of will, of generosity, of curiosity, of gratitude. The more we can put ourselves in such beautiful states rather than suffering states, the more they become habits of being and we end up making better decisions.” – Tony Robbins

20. “Gratitude is a divine attitude in the wisdom traditions. It takes you out of the ego self and takes you into the higher self. That higher state of consciousness initiates self-repair, self-regulation, and healing.” – Deepak Chopra

21. “Gratitude opens the door to… the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude.” – Deepak Chopra

22. “Gratitude is a state of being in which we feel connected to everything in the universe. It is a fullness of the heart that recognizes the blessings of nature within and without. Gratitude is love for the goodness of life itself.” – Deepak Chopra

23. “Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” Maya Angelou

24. “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” —Gilbert K. Chesterton

25. “Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” —Zig Ziglar

26. “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” —Oprah Winfrey

27. “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” —Robert Brault

28. “It is good to say, “Hello, how are you? Good morning, my Creator. Thank you very much.” It is called gratitude. Attitude of gratitude brings you opportunities beyond your concept. And when the prayer becomes the vibration of the soul, mind, and self, we can create a miracle.” – Yogi Bhajan

29. “To start with, you should have an attitude of gratitude. Without an attitude of gratitude, neither prosperity nor pleasure, joy nor happiness means anything, and it works this way: to those who have an attitude of gratitude and who do it with innocence, Mother Nature brings all the wealth, health, and happiness.” – Yogi Bhajan

30. “The attitude of gratitude is the highest way of living, and is the biggest truth, the highest truth. You cannot live with applied consciousness until you understand that you have to be grateful for what you have. If you are grateful for what you have, then Mother Nature will give you more.” – Yogi Bhajan

31. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” — Bible, Philippians

32. “When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?” — G.K. Chesterton

33. “For each new morning with its light,For rest and shelter of the night,For health and food, for love and friends,For everything Thy goodness sends.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

34. “You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.” — Sarah Ban Breathnach

35. “When we become more fully aware that our success is due in large measure to the loyalty, helpfulness, and encouragement we have received from others, our desire grows to pass on similar gifts. Gratitude spurs us on to prove ourselves worthy of what others have done for us. The spirit of gratitude is a powerful energizer.” — Wilferd A. Peterson

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36. “Thou that has given so much to me,Give one thing more–a grateful heart;Not thankful when it pleaseth me,As if thy blessings had spare days;But such a heart, whose pulse may beThy praise.”– George Herbert

37. “True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.“Seneca

38. “The more you are grateful for what you have the more you can live fully in the present. When you live in the present moment the greater you can build stepping stones for a brighter future.“Dana Arcuri

39. “Finding happiness should not be seen as finding a needle in a haystack. Happiness is within. Each day is a blessing that brings an abundance of happiness. Therefore, finding happiness should be like finding a gift in a stack of gifts.“Steve Maraboli

40. “Write thank-you letters. On a practical level, it’s just common sense. People like doing things for people who are grateful. I’ve talked to employers who say that the applicants who send a thank-you letter after an interview go right to the top of the pile.” —David Sedaris

Thank you for reading and please don’t forget to share and support this page. If you would like me to cover any specific topic or would like to share your writing on this blog, please get in touch with me. I would love to hear from you. Love and Light Katya Adding a bonus poem below!

Poem – This year, give thanks, for everything.

“Let the tingle of gratitude move into the bones of your body, from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. With each beat of your heart, “Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. ”Dance for the joy, for the love, for the freedom, for the food in your belly, for the beating hearts of the beings that surround you. Sing for the sorrows, for the heartbreak, for the sadness you can’t seem to shake, for the losses, for all those faces that no longer exist in this realm. Speak with words that come straight from your heart, be honest, be kind, be love.” – Bryonie Wise

Love and Hugs, Namaste – Katya.