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Five Self-Care Tips for Improving Your
Relationship with Yourself

By Kari Oakley

Taking care of yourself is crucial to get through the hubbub of daily life. Stress seems to be a constant invader in our daily lives. We're so intricately connected to and concerned with what's going on in the world through the Internet and television that we sometimes neglect ourselves.

Are you ready to connect more with yourself? If so, here are five ways that you can improve your relationship with the person you see in the mirror every day...

Switch Off Social Media

Social media is a great tool that helps us connect with others. However, there is such thing as 'too much' when it comes to social media. Try limiting your daily usage by creating a scheduled social media time. If you find you're too reeled in, consider just disconnecting yourself from social media for a day or two in order to reconnect with yourself.

Take Care of Your Hair

Even if you aren't keen on hair care, taking proper care of it can make you feel better about yourself. Of course, a lot of us have hair that requires extra upkeep, which can be exhausting to deal with.

If you have split ends, frizzy hair, or hair that has been damaged by dye, you might want to consider using beer for hair treatment. As crazy as it sounds, the malt and hops found in beer contain proteins that can repair your damaged hair.

Give it a try! You might just feel a little bit better after washing your hair with your favorite beer. (Just make sure you mix it with some apple cider vinegar and water!)

Connect with Mother Earth

You've switched off social media and washed your hair with beer. Now it's time to just chill. Go outside - barefoot, if it's warm enough - and find a spot that calls to you. Sit or lay in that spot and close your eyes.

Feel the earth below your feet and the sky above you. Breathe deeply and let your mind wander freely. Let go of your worries and doubts, and just let Mother Earth speak with you.

Yes, this sounds kind of crazy, too, but it is a wonderful way to release your unwanted emotions. You don't have to be a spiritualist or practitioner of meditation to do this. Anyone can connect with Mother Earth at any time they wish.

Choose Your Mantras Wisely

Mantras and mudras are helpful for bringing you peace of mind. Mantras are the phrases we select for ourselves to repeat when we are in need. Mudras are hand gestures that accompany our mantras. Think of how figures like Buddha and Moses are posed in art and sculptures.

Your mudra should help you refocus energy to different aspects of your body - your physical, mental, and energy body. Position your fingers in a way that feels comfortable to you and let the energy flow from them throughout the rest of your body. Flush out the negative so that there is plenty of room for the positive.

Choose What You Want to Think About

With your mantras and mudras in place, it's time to choose what you want to focus your thoughts on when you aren't actively practicing any form of self care. Which thoughts are helpful, and which are harmful?

Things on the outside typically do not change for the better until things on the inside do. Our choices define who we are and what types of relationships we have with ourselves (and others). Selecting the thoughts you want to focus on can help the things you want to have happen in your life manifest.

Self-care doesn't need to involve a rigorous daily routine. Instead, it is about choosing when and how we want to change. Treat yourself to some time away from social media. Primp your appearance. But also focus on what's inside and how your energy and thoughts play a role in loving the person you see in the mirror.

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