Self-care should play a key role in everybodies daily routine. However, is something we often forget to do, being too busy looking after others, working through endless 'to-do' lists, rushing around for work, house chores, family and friends. At this time of year it is particularly important to look after ourselves, with the short days, long nights and impending Christmas madness.
Self-care is key to enhancing mood, reducing anxiety and producing positive feelings which improve confidence and self esteem.
When you truly care for yourself you make sure you're eating a balanced diet, getting enough rest and setting healthy boundaries in your relationships. It means loving yourself enough to maintain overall well-being
Food is a vital part of self care. Making slow cooked stews with seasonal root veggies, or warming soups is an easy way to boost the immune system and ensure your nutritional needs are met, giving the bod goodness and fuel. Giving yourself the time and space to connect the mind and body, through breathing exercises, meditation and giving yourself permission to rest, is also vital to balanced health. this allows the body to move from the sympathetic to the parasympathetic nervous system.
The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for our 'fight or flight' response. The majority of us live our lives in this part of the nervous system, with stressful lives and hectic calendars. Extended living in this part of our nervous system can lead to high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, anxiety, depression and other chronic conditions. The parasympathetic nervous system is activated when we take time to slow down and our bodies can stimulate 'rest & digest'. This gives our organs chance to repair and detoxify, strengthens the immune system, conserves energy, slows the heart rates and increases intestinal and gland activity. Activation of the parasympathetic nervous system is key in our self care, and promotes healing and management of conditions such as depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia and ME.
Ways to activate you parasympathetic nervous system and take some time out to reduce stress include:
This November you can take time out to heal and self-care with our Restorative Pilates Workshop. This will teach you deep breathing techniques, and combine a series of deep stretches with slowed down, restorative movement from the Pilates mat work repertoire. This will be followed by a warming guided mediation to leave you floating home for the best nights sleep.
Restorative and Relaxing Pilates Workshop: 15th November 2019