What Does It Actually Mean To Practice Self-Care?

Self-Care is a term that is thrown around a lot lately, but what does it actually mean to practice self-care?

“Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health” - Psych Central

Although this may seem simple, it is often overlooked and is different for everyone. When practiced on a regular basis, self-care can help reduce stress, anxiety and build better relationships with oneself and others.

Today, it’s not common to stop and embrace an activity or thought in the moment. We become so overwhelmed with our endless to-do list, that we become stressed and disconnected from ourselves and others.

Here is a tip: Your to-do list with always be there, and there will always be more items to add to it. Knowing this, make sure to take time for yourself and for others.

Something as simple as setting aside two hours a week to do something you truly enjoy doing.

Here are just a few examples:

  • Read a book

  • Go for a walk

  • Attend a yoga class (Check out our classes!)

  • Enjoy a cup of tea outside

  • Write in your journal

  • Connect with a friend you have fallen out of touch with

  • Visit a new space

As we mentioned above, self-care looks different for everyone. The key is to find a way to connect with yourself. Your family, friends, work, etc. are very important, but you can not manage and enjoy your daily to-do’s, if you feel disconnected or overwhelmed. You should never feel guilty for taking care of yourself (mama’s we know this one is a hard one for you!)

Yoga as a self-care activity

Yoga is a great way to practice self-care. It offers a safe space to connect with your mind, body and inner self. If you’re new to yoga, it may take a few classes to let go of your day and truly connect with yourself! This is ok! Keep at it! Speak with your yogi (or connect with us), and work towards breathing and connecting with all aspects of yourself.

If you could choose one activity you want to do today, what would it be? That is most likely your self-care activity!

How do you practice self-care? What advice do you have for fellow moms who may find it difficult to practice self-care on a regular basis?

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Practicing Yoga Outside This Summer

Yoga In London Ontario Parks

 

It’s Summer in The Forest City and an ideal time to enjoy your yoga practice outside!

Moving your practice outside can help refresh your mind and routine. A new space and environment will help you connect with your practice and feel rejuvenated.

 

Be kind to your body, take into consideration the weather forecast and water intake. Your practice could turn into hot yoga if you’re not careful!

 

The best time of day to enjoy outdoor yoga is in the early morning. The only visitors you will have are the ducks and geese who are roaming the grounds. As the city wakes up, you will be completing your practice with a new outlook on your day and potentially some new animal friends.

 

We have highlighted some parks, which by day are bustling with families, runners, and events, but in the morning provides a peaceful getaway.

 

Harris Park

Harris Park is most known for Summer music events and festivals, but in the morning the thames river and trees create a tranquil environment that offers the perfect space for meditation and a mindful yoga practice.

Beware! Geese roam this park and can be territorial!

 

Gibbons Park

Located on Grosvenor St, offers endless green space! Arrive early in the Summer though, as the pool, tennis courts and playground welcomes little ones early.

 

Springbank Park

Did you know that Springbank Park is the largest park in London? It’s HUGE!!

We are so lucky to be surrounded by so much green space and life! If you’re not a morning person, the trees will provide shade and there is sure to be space for you to enjoy your practice.

 

Your Backyard

You can never go wrong with your own backyard! This offers peacefulness and (hopefully) privacy. You never have to travel very far when you can walk out your own back door.

 

Outside yoga based on time of day

Morning: Peaceful and tranquil, often cooler

Afternoon: Your surroundings will provide ambient noise, but with so much green space in The Forest City, you’re sure to find a space of your own with shade.

Evening (after 5 p.m.): If you’re not a morning person, grab a friend and enjoy the sounds of children, the hustle and bustle of the day ending and a gorgeous sunset!

Don’t want to venture to the park alone? Grab a friend (or two!) and/or a fellow yogi and enjoy a group session! Consider switching who leads the practice to provide variety and different perspectives.

 

Enjoy your outdoor practice!

 

Where is your favourite place to practice yoga outside?

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