Self-care week is an annual national awareness week which aims to increase people’s abilities to take care of themselves. Self-care is defined as the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health1. This can be in the form of physical health, or mental health and wellbeing. This year, Self-care week falls from the 14th to the 20th of November 2022. At Kira, we believe in living an active, balanced and productive life, and are supporting the cause to help spread awareness about the importance of self-care. In today’s blog, we will cover the importance of self-care, some top tips to get you started, and how Kira can support you.
Self-care is important
Self-care is an important topic, which has become part of our everyday conversations in recent years. The focus for self-care used to surround physical health, but today, mental health and wellbeing has taken the spotlight. The meaning of self-care will be subject to the individual, whether that is catching up with friends, having some quiet time to yourself, or taking a brisk walk – whatever it is, it is important to make some form of self-care a part of your daily or weekly routine.
Where to start
You don’t have to dedicate whole days of doing things for yourself, as we know life can be busy. Try to take a few hours a week to enjoy some self-care if you can, and focus the small things which make you happy. We have listed a few ideas for you below to help get you started on your self-care journey!
Be kind to yourself
Practice some mindfulness and remind yourself that you are doing okay. Focusing your thoughts on the positives, rather than the negatives, will boost your overall mood. Meditation and mindfulness can reduce stress levels, and allow you to focus in the present.
Get outside and be active
Spending some time outside doing some light walking or jogging can positively impact your wellbeing. The fresh air and a change of scenery can do you the world of good! Walking has been proven effective in reducing stress levels, calming the mind and reducing blood pressure.
Do something just for you
We can often prioritise our children, work life, family life, or friends over everything. It is important to take some time to do something that you love; whether that’s reading a book, enjoying a treat, creating some art, or visiting your favourite café. Take some time just for you; escaping the stresses of everyday life.
Pick back up an old hobbie
Do you have an old hobbie? Whether that is knitting, yoga, tennis, drawing… the list is endless! Take a few hours out of your week to pick those hobbies back up, or introduce a family member, colleague or friend to your hobbie and share that self-care time together.
Take a step back from technology
It can be very easy to form an unhealthy relationship with our laptops, phones and tablets – try to take a step back from your devices and enjoy nature. Having less screen time can improve sleep quality, and reduce stress.
Have a pamper
Grab a facemask, run a hot bath, paint your nails, and have a well needed spa day at home! A little self-pampering can make you feel rejuvenated and relaxed.
Improve your sleep quality
Having a good quality of sleep is essential for your health. It strengthens your immune system, lowers your risk of heart problems, and allows you to be more alert of your surroundings.
How Kira can support you
At Kira, we provide a range of products which are inspired and created for Women – to help you lead a more active, balanced, and productive life.
Kira Restful Sleep – a traditional herbal medicinal product made from Valerian; used for the temporary relief of sleep disturbances due to symptoms of mild anxiety.
Kira Low Mood Relief – a traditional herbal medicinal product containing St John’s Wort, to relieve the symptoms of slightly low mood and mild anxiety.
Kira Hormonal Balance – a food supplement containing B vitamins, vitamin C and folic acid, which as part of a balanced diet and healthy and active lifestyle may help to maintain a feeling of energy, balance and mental performance.
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