Body care is another wonderful self-care approach. Whether you are using great smelling bath products to promote a sense of calm, or exfoliating to nurture dry, rough skin, applying moisturizer to keep your skin soft and hydrated, or applying products to help with stiff, achy muscles. Each and every one of these is ways to take care of your body, mind and spirit. Not only are you addressing multiple senses (touch and smell mainly. We hope you don't try to eat your body care products), you are taking the time to pay attention to your body and give it some TLC.
Some people question if body care is necessary or even an important aspect of self-care. But each individual person is different, and our needs and desires are different. So if this is something that lifts your spirits, makes you smile, slows you down, makes you feel some relief.. then yes this is a helpful aspect of your self-care toolbox.
So on a night when you are exhausted from the week, draw yourself a bath, put some bath oil or salts, light a scented candle, dim the lights, put on some relaxing music and take a long warm, soothing bath. Or, try taking a shower, followed by some stretching (your muscles are likely nice and warmed up from the shower and steam) and finish by applying some muscle remedy gel to help reduce additional stiffness and inflammation. Or try laying down on the couch reading a book, while elevating your feet from the day and having some arnica lotion on your feet and calves, to increase circulation. Or try using a dry brush in the morning, using upward motions along your legs, back arms. It will increase circulation and help wake you up (while also helping with skin elasticity and cellulite).