As we welcome February, the month of love, we kick off a new series obviously dedicated to showing yourself some love. This can be done in several different ways, but for this post we’re going to focus on ways to heal yourself. Think about any areas that are bothering you: mentally, physically, or emotionally. You can’t be your best if you don’t feel your best. Does your knee hurt when doing certain exercises? Is there something in your life causing a lot of stress? We have researched some remedies to help you show yourself some love.
1) Epsom Salts
Regardless of the name, Epsom salt is not actually a salt. It’s a pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. It can be picked up at almost any grocery or drugstore. Add them to warm bath water and soak for several minutes to do your body wonders. Magnesium and sulfate are easily absorbed through the skin allowing your body to use the minerals. Magnesium is so important. It regulates the activity of several hundred of your enzymes, reduces inflammation, helps with muscle and nerve function, and helps prevent your arteries from hardening. Sulfates help your body absorb nutrients, get rid of toxins, and can help with migraines. Next time you’re at the store, go ahead and pick up a pack. My favorite is the Dr. Teal’s brand from Target. It comes in many different scents and one bag will last you several months.
2) Weight loss/diet changes
You are what you eat. So cliché, I know. However, it is so true. Eat bad and feel bad. Eat good and feel good. What you eat affects you emotionally and physically. Your joints may hurt if you are carrying around extra weight. Even losing just a few pounds can make a huge difference in your joint pain. Also, you can add in anti-inflammatory foods to your diet to aid in reducing joint pain. Foods such as fish, tomatoes, and nuts can help to reduce inflammation. Studies show that leaving out pork in your diet will help with arthritis. Besides the extra weight, eating foods that are good for you help emotionally. Ever heard of the term Hangry: so hungry that you’re angry. This happens when your body is running on too many carbs and sugars. The crash after you eat these is when hanger sets in. Fuel up on protein, veggies, and healthy fats to keep your moods stabilized.
Yoga means union, and it unifies the mind, body, and spirit. Practicing yoga helps you stay active without putting an emphasis on losing weight. Yoga allows you to find, and fall in love, with your inner self while bringing you stillness and peace. It also relieves stress, depression, and combats several body image issues by allowing you to become more self confident in who you are on the inside, which allows you to be confident on the outside. HomeFit has trainers who specialize in teaching yoga, so try out a class for yourself.
Try these tips and show yourself some love this February.