Photo: Janice Joostema
Last year, due to the pandemic, we had to reframe the moments of self-care and well-being, thinking about the health of the body, mind and soul. With this, we decided to share some habits to include in the routine, which are ideal for moments of rest.
Every habit requires a few days of adaptation before it can be inserted once and for all into a routine. Studies show that we need 21 days practicing a certain action, before it becomes a habit.
1. Turn off screens at least 1 hour before going to sleep. The light from screens before bedtime is bad for our eyesight, but also for our brain, since exposure to blue light can affect your internal biological clock and alter your circadian rhythm.
2. Write about your feelings. Sometimes we can’t express what we’re feeling to another person, so having a little notebook, almost like a diary, can be a good alternative to pouring out your words. Before going to sleep, take a few minutes to reflect on how your day went and to relieve anxiety.
3. It may sound silly, but breathing deeply and slowly is a simple habit, but it helps with self-control when something seems off. The paused breathing communicates to our brain that it is time to relax. Notice: the feeling of well-being is immediate.
4. Take care of your body’s skin. Sometimes we focus only on skincare and forget that the body also needs some specific care, such as hydration and even exfoliation. Both are great allies for skin renewal and hydration. Exfoliation helps remove dead cells and improves the texture of the region, while the moisturizer restores the water lost by the skin, leaving it soft and silky.
So, what habits do you have in your self-care routine? I’m already getting ready for a complete relax moment before bed. Goodnight.