As February comes to an end, it is hard to believe we are about to enter our third month of the year already! For those of you who like to create new year’s goals for yourself, the start of a new month is a great time to check in with yourself and see how you are doing in terms of reaching your goals. A goal that we should all be striving for is ensuring we are taking care of ourselves and maintaining our personal care. These rituals can be beneficial for you mentally, physically, and even can help promote a healthy digestive system.
Rituals For Promoting A Healthy Lifestyle
1. Good Hygiene
Maintaining good hygiene is important not only for the obvious cleanliness it provides, but it can be part of your mental health. When you are not taking care of your hygiene, this can lower the way you view yourself, and when your self-esteem diminishes it can also affect the way other people view you. Sometimes, our hygiene tends to fall to a lower standard when you are feeling extra sad or uneasy with your life. If this is the case, taking care of yourself hygienically might help to get you out of this slump and boost your mood.
2. Avoid Processed Foods
Processed foods relates to any foods that have been modified from their natural form through substances such as refined oil, salt, artificial sweeteners, and preservatives. Since they are created with these substances that can be easily consumed at high amounts, it can lead to overeating. Overeating not only can lead to weight gain but can be a detrimental factor to an unhealthy gut. Above all, processed foods should be avoided because they do not contain the nutrients you need from your food.
3. Increase Your Vitamin D Intake
Vitamin D can be consumed orally or you can get the benefits from the natural sunlight outside. Regardless of how you get vitamin D into your routine, it is essential that you do, because it helps to increase bone strength, boost your mood, and support your immune system. It can be easy to forget about vitamin D, but you will be better off in terms of your health if you put in that extra effort to make sure you are getting it.
Personal Care Ideas to Boost Your Mood
1. Plan A Self Care Day/Night For Yourself
This one might seem self-explanatory, but if you plan a specific day or night to set aside to get all your self-care done it will become something for you to look forward to. It can include activities such as a skincare routine, taking a long bath, putting your favorite hair mask on, and/or using an ice roller on your face. It can also be more of an artistic time for you to focus on activities such as catching up on your favorite podcast, painting your nails, or reading a good book. Regardless of what your self-care night consists of, it is bound to boost your mood and relieve any excess stress from your busy life. A great way to intertwine this with your routine is to commit yourself to doing it at least once a month, and if possible once a week!
2. Immerse Yourself In Nature
A lot of times it can be easy to forget that we live in a world with so much nature just waiting to be explored. We are consumed by our jobs, daily house chores, and catching up on the other 300 things we have to get done, but taking a step back to disconnect yourself from all the noise is a great way to get your brain reset and to boost your overall mood moving forward. If you live near the beach or a lake, these are great places to take morning strolls and get yourself in the right mindset for the day. This would be a great activity to include in your Monday morning routines! You can also immerse yourself in nature through activities such as hiking, cycling, and going to your nearest park or garden.
3. Put Yourself First
Sometimes all it takes to get yourself out of a rut of feeling down is to pamper yourself the same way you would spoil your best friend or close family member. Although it might seem odd at first, buying yourself that bouquet of flowers at the grocery store or cooking yourself a nutritious dinner to enjoy after a long work day can improve your day immensely. A great goal to make for yourself is to put yourself above others at times, because you truly cannot fill others cups without filling your own first. Sometimes all it takes is to have that stress reducing activity in your back pocket to make sure you are getting ahead of any emotional slumps.
Rituals to Add to Promote a Healthy Digestive System
1. Eat Mindfully
Paying more attention to what you are eating and how you are eating is a great goal to make for yourself this coming month. Sometimes, we eat without realizing what or how much we are even eating, which can lead to issues such as overeating, eating too quickly, and creating built up gas in the digestive system. In order to avoid these issues, try really sitting with yourself without any other distractions when you sit down to eat. You might find that your body is sending you signals of feeling full long before you normally realize. Understanding our body’s signals and respecting its wishes is vital in avoiding digestive issues related to unhealthy eating habits.
2. Incorporating a Probiotic Into Your Routine
Probiotics are the healthy bacteria that is naturally present in your digestive system, but sometimes your body lacks the proper amount to truly support your gut health or the bad bacteria starts to overpower it. It can also help to support your immune system. Our product, Probiotic Renu is a supplement for no more bloating that contains probiotics to ensure you are getting these benefits and more.
Regardless of the goals you choose to add to your routine, make sure you are taking the steps to check in with yourself at the end of yet another month!