Daily Self-Care for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit

Photo by Skley (CC BY-ND 2.0

Written by Raymond Salas

With the daily challenges and stresses of modern living, daily self-care is essential. This means "checking" the metaphorical boxes for physical, mental, spiritual / emotional well-being every day, even if you’re busy.

If we don't remember to give to ourselves first, eventually we won't have the energy and inner resources necessary to give effectively to our world (i.e., work, career, family, friends, significant others, etc.). As a result, we will only end up depleting ourselves further and often become (more) irritable and resentful in the process.

Here's a daily self-care routine, based on my own, that I recently put together for a client:

Daily Self-Care for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit

Healthy Mind (choose 1):

- 5-minute meditation

- 2-minute yoga breathing

- 10-minute Pranayama Breathing technique

- 25-minute Smile Guided Meditation

- Headspace app (10-minute guided meditations)

- Oak app (meditation and breathing exercises)

- 20-minute Guided Breathwork Meditation

Healthy Body (choose 1*):

- 20-30 minute brisk walk 

- 10-minute Tabata routine

- 15-minute "Five Tibetan Rites" yoga exercises

- 7-minute Scientific Workout

- 30 minutes of another exercise or movement or sport you enjoy

Healthy Spirit (choose all):
- Bring to mind 3-5 things you're grateful for every day. Try to come up with new things daily, if possible.
- Forgive everything and everyone, including yourself, every day.
- Say "yes" to everything and everyone that moves you in the direction of feeling more peaceful, calm, happy, light, and positive.
- Say "no" to everything and everyone else, whenever possible.

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* Disclaimer: Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. This general information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate exercise prescription. If you experience any pain or difficulty with these exercises, stop and consult your healthcare provider.